1880 - Damon Runyon
American newspaperman and author best known for his short stories about New York City.
1892 - Robert Lawson
American author and illustrator of children's books, known for his illustrations of other author's works like The Story of Ferdinand and Mr. Popper's Penguins.
1914 - Brendan Gill
American journalist and author, whose best known work details his job at the New Yorker magazine.
1924 - Donald Sobol
American author best known for his Encyclopedia Brown children's series.
1929 - John E. Mack
American psychiatrist and author, winner of the 1977 Pulitzer Prize for Biography for his bio of T.E. Lawrence, A Prince of our Disorder.
1937 - Jackie Collins
English novelist and younger sister of Joan Collins. All 28 of her novels have made the New York Times Bestseller list.
1941 - Anne Rice
American author best known for her Vampire Chronicles series.
1941 - Roy Blount Jr.
American writer and humorist, and frequent panelist on NPR's Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me.
1941 - Karen Cushman
American children's author, winner of the Newbery Award for The Midwife's Apprentice.
1961 - Kazuki Takahashi
Japanese manga artist, best known as the creator of the Yu-Gi-Oh! series.
1968 - Tim Wise
American anti-racism activist and writer.
1974 - Anne Sexton