1547 - Miguel de Cervantes
Spanish novelist, poet and playwright whose major work, Don Quixote, is considered the first modern European novel.
1810 - Elizabeth Gaskell
British novelist of the Victorian era, possibly best known for her biography of Charlotte Brontë.
1897 - Herbert Agar
American journalist who won the 1934 Pulitzer Prize for History for his book The People's Choice.
1915 - Oscar Handlin
American historian who won the 1952 Pulitzer Prize for History for his book The Uprooted.
1923 - Stan Berenstain
American author and illustrator of children's books, known for the Berenstain Bears series he co-wrote with his wife Jan.
1927 - Elizabeth Peters
Pen name of American author Barbara Mertz, who also writes under the pseudonym Barbara Michaels. As Elizabeth Peters, her main series involves Egyptologist Amelia Peabody.
1934 - Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi
Hungarian-born American psychology professor best known for his book Flow: The Psychology of Optimum Experience.
1934 - Stuart Kaminsky
American mystery writer, recipient of both Edgar and Agatha awards.
1936 - James Fogle
American author of the autobiographical novel Drugstore Cowboy.
1902 - Émile Zola
1967 - Carson McCullers
1973 - W.H. Auden
2008 - Hayden Carruth