1694 - Voltaire
Pen name of François-Marie Arouet, French Enlightenment writer known for works like Candide.
1902 - Isaac Bashevis Singer
Polish-born Jewish-American author, winner of the 1978 Nobel Prize for Literature "for his impassioned narrative art which, with roots in a Polish-Jewish cultural tradition, brings universal human conditions to life."
1908 - Leo Politi
Italian-American children's author, winner of the 1950 Caldecott Medal for Song of the Swallows.
1908 - Elizabeth George Speare
American children's author, two time winner of the Newbery medal.
1924 - Christopher Tolkien
Youngest son of J.R.R Tolkien, known as the editor of much of his father's work.
1932 - Beryl Bainbridge
English author of psychological fiction.
1940 - Richard Marcinko
Retired Navy SEAL commander, now known for his military fiction.
1945 - Ellen Glasgow
1989 - Margot Zemach
1999 - Quentin Crisp
2011 - Anne McCaffrey