1860 - Charles Edward Russell
American journalist, winner of the 1928 Pulitzer Prize for The American Orchestra and Theodore Thomas.
1897 - William Faulkner
American writer of Southern literature, winner of the Pulitzer (twice) and the 1949 Nobel Prize in Literature "for his powerful and artistically unique contribution to the modern American novel."
1923 - Robert Laxalt
Basque-American writer whose novels focused on the Basque experience in Nevada and the American West.
1930 - Shel Silverstein
American author and illustrator of children's books. Also wrote the song "A Boy Named Sue," which Johnny Cash made a hit.
1955 - Luanne Rice
American author whose fiction tends to deal with nature and the sea.
1960 - Kristin Hannah
American author from the Seattle area.
1933 - Ring Lardner
1960 - Emily Post
1968 - Cornell Woolrich
1970 - Erich Maria Remarque
1999 - Marion Zimmer Bradley
2003 - George Plimpton