1759 - Friedrich von Schiller
German poet, philosopher, and contemporary of Goethe.
1871 - Winston Churchill
American novelist; one of the best selling authors of the early 20th century. Not the other guy.
1893 - John P. Marquand
American author who won the 1938 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for The Late George Apley.
1913 - Karl Shapiro
American poet; winner of the 1945 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and the fifth U.S. Poet Laureate.
1929 - W.E.B. Griffin
Primary pen name of William Edward Butterworth III, American author of military and detective fiction.
1944 - Mark E. Neely Jr.
American author and Civil War historian, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning The Fate of Liberty.
1960 - Neil Gaiman
English author of graphic novels and speculative fiction.
1891 - Arthur Rimbaud
1971 - Walter Van Tilburg Clark
2001 - Ken Kesey
2006 - Jack Williamson
2007 - Norman Mailer