1740 - James Boswell
Scottish lawyer and author, best known for his Life of Samuel Johnson.
1899 - Kate Seredy
Hungarian-born children's author and illustrator; winner of both the Caldecott and Newbery awards.
1905 - Henry Greene
Pen name if Henry Vincent Yorke, English author best known for the novels Party Going and Loving.
1925 - Dominick Dunne
American author and journalist whose work often dealt with the upper class and the legal system.
1954 - Lee Child
Pen name of Lee Grant, a British thriller writer known for his Jack Reacher series.
1958 - David Remnick
American author and journalist who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1994 for his book Lenin's Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire.
1963 - Gerald Morris
American author known for his young adult fiction set in the Middle Ages.
1924 - Frances H. Burnett
1997 - Anton LaVey
2003 - Hal Clement