1899 - Miguel Ángel Asturias
Guatemalan writer, winner of the 1967 Nobel Prize in literature "for his vivid literary achievement, deep-rooted in the national traits and traditions of Indian peoples of Latin America."
1931 - Ed Emberley
American artist known for his children's instructional drawing books.
1931 - John le Carré
British author of espionage novels.
1936 - Sylvia Browne
American author, psychic and spirit medium.
1942 - Andrew Vachss
American attorney and author of crime fiction.
1943 - L.E. Modesitt
American science fiction author, best known for his series The Saga of Recluce.
1946 - Philip Pullman
British writer, most well known for his series His Dark Materials.
1955 - Dan Gutman
American author, known for his & Me series of children's books.
1960 - Susan Straight
American novelist; finalist for the 2001 National Book Award for her book Highwire Moon.
1969 - John Edward
American television psychic whose books tend to deal with the afterlife.
1745 - Jonathan Swift
1950 - Edna St. Vincent Millay
1999 - Nathalie Sarraute