1713 - Denis Diderot
French philosopher and writer of the Enlightenment, creator and co-editor of the Encyclopédie.
1916 - Stetson Kennedy
American folklorist and author whose most famous work is an expose of the Ku Klux Klan.
1922 - Bil Keane
American cartoonist best known for his long-running strip The Family Circus.
1928- Louise Fitzhugh
American author and illustrator of children's literature, notably Harriet the Spy.
1949 - Bill James
American baseball writer and statistician.
1951 - Edward P. Jones
American novelist, whose book The Known World won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2004.
1952 - Clive Barker
English author known for his fantasy and horror fiction.
1958 - Neil deGrasse Tyson
American astrophysicist and science popularizer, author of a number of books on space.
1960 - David Shannon
American author and illustrator of children's books.
2010 - Bernard Clavel
2015 - Henning Mankell