1758 - Noah Webster
American lexicographer and textbook author whose name has become synonymous with "dictionary."
1854 - Oscar Wilde
Irish writer and poet, well known for his witticisms.
1869 - Claude H. Van Tyne
American historian and winner of the 1930 Pulitzer Prize for History for his book The War of Independence.
1888 - Eugene O'Neill
American playwright, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Nobel Prize for Literature "for the power, honesty and deep-felt emotions of his dramatic works, which embody an original concept of tragedy."
1908 - Olivia Coolidge
British and American author of books of children's history.
1919 - Kathleen Winsor
American romance author, best known for her novel Forever Amber.
1927 - Günter Grass
German novelist, winner of the 1999 Nobel Prize for Literature because "his frolicsome black fables portray the forgotten side of history."
1945 - Paul Monette
American author and poet best known for his essays about gay relationships.
1946 - Suzanne Somers
American actress who also has a line of diet and heath books.
1950 - Elinor Lipman
American novelist and short story writer.
1954 - Lorenzo Carcaterra
American writer whose book Sleepers was adapted into the film of the same name.
1937 - Jean de Brunhoff
1989 - Walter Farley
1989 - Scott O'Dell
1996 - Eric Malpass
1997 - James Michener
2015 - Vera B. Williams