1819 - George Eliot
Pen name of Many Anne Evans, English novelist and one of the leading writers of the Victorian era.
1869 - André Gide
French author, winner of the 1947 Nobel Prize for Literature "for his comprehensive and artistically significant writings,in which human problems and conditions have been presented with a fearless love of truth and keen psychological insight."
1883 - Martin Flavin
American writer who won the 1944 Pulitzer for Fiction for his novel Journey in the Dark.
1896 - David J. Mays
American lawyer and author; winner of the 1953 Pulitzer Prize for Biography for Edmond Pendleton 1721-1803.
1904 - Fumio Niwa
Japanese novelist, most famous in the west for his work The Buddha Tree.
1917 - Jon Cleary
Australian writer possibly best known for his novel The Sundowners.
1943 - William Kotzwinkle
American author known for the Walter the Farting Dog series as well as writing the novelization of the screenplay for E.T.
1943 - Roger L. Simon
American author and screenwriter, known for the Moses Wine detective series.
1947 - Valerie Wilson Wesley
African-American author of mysteries and children's books.
1969 - Marjane Satrapi
Iranian-born French graphic novelist, known for her autobiographical work Persepolis.
1886 - Mary Boykin Chesnut
1916 - Jack London
1963 - Aldous Huxley
1963 - John F. Kennedy
1963 - C.S. Lewis
1993 - Anthony Burgess