1889 - Elmer Hader
American author and illustrator who, as a team with his wife Berta, won the 1948 Caldecott Medal for The Big Snow. He died on this day in 1973.
1900 - Taylor Caldwell
Prolific Anglo-American novelist, now most well known for her work Captains and the Kings.
1903 - Margaret Landon
American writer best remembered for Anna and the King of Siam, which was adapted by Rodgers and Hammerstein into the musical The King and I.
1904 - C.B. (Carroll Burleigh) Colby
American writer of non-fiction books for children.
1927 - Eric Hill
British author and illustrator of children's books, best known for his Spot the Dog series.
1932 - Malcolm Bradbury
English author and academic, whose books tend to center on university life.
1946 - Joe Klein
American journalist known for his anonymously published Primary Colors, which portrayed the first Clinton presidential campaign.
1950 - Peggy Noonan
American political author; former speechwriter for President Ronald Reagan.
1962 - Jennifer Egan
American author whose A Visit From the Goon Squad won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
1892 - John Greenleaf Whittier
1962 - Karen Blixen
1973 - Elmer Hader
1973 - Holling C. Holling
1981 - Christy Brown
1994 - James Clavell
2008 - Gregory Mcdonald
2010 - William H. Goetzmann