1795 - John Keats
English Romantic poet, considered one of the greats of English literature.
1880 - Julia Peterkin
American author, winner of the 1929 Pulitzer Prize for the Novel for Scarlet Sister Mary.
1920 - Dick Francis
British jockey and crime writer, whose works focus on horse racing in England.
1925 - Lawrence A. Cremin
American historian, winner of the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for History for American Education: The National Experience 1783-1876.
1932 - Katherine Paterson
American author of children's fiction, known for titles like Bridge to Terebithia.
1944 - Holly Hobbie
American author and illustrator of the Toot and Puddle books, as well as the series based on her.
1955 - Susan Orlean
American author and journalist, best known for her novel The Orchid Thief.
1959 - Neal Stephenson
American author of speculative fiction, known for works like Snow Crash and Cryptonomicon.
1964 - Frank Bruni
American journalist, restaurant critic for the New York Times from 2004 to 2009.
1931 - Octave Uzanne
1960 - H.L. Davis
1977 - C.B. Colby
2008 - Studs Terkel
2016 - Natalie Babbitt