1896 - Joan Lindsay
Australian author best known for her novel Picnic at Hanging Rock.
1915 - Jean Fritz
American children's author, best known for her autobiography Homesick, My Own Story.
1922 - José Saramago
Portuguese novelist and poet, winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize for Literature, because he "with parables sustained by imagination, compassion and irony continually enables us once again to apprehend an elusory reality."
1930 - Chinua Achebe
Nigerian novelist, best known for his book Things Fall Apart.
1935 - Elizabeth Drew
American political journalist and author.
1952 - Rick Atkinson
American journalist and author of military history who has won Pulitzer Prizes in both fields.
1952 - Robin McKinley
American author of fantasy novels.
1954 - Andrea Barrett
American novelist and short story writer.
1966 - Tahir Shah
Anglo-Afghan Indian author, known for his travel writing.
1964 - Donald C. Peattie
1973 - Alan Watts