1914 - Wilson Tucker
American mystery and scifi author who coined the term "space opera."
1915 - Marc Simont
Paris-born American children's book ilustrator, who won a Caldecott Medal in 1957 for the illustrations to Janice May Udry's A Tree is Nice.
1923 - Gloria Whelan
American children's and YA author; winner of the 2000 National Book Award for Young People's Literature for Homeless Bird.
1929 - Hal Lindsey
American evangelist and author, known for his 1970 book The Late, Great Planet Earth.
1936 - Robert Barnard
English crime writer whose main series revolved around detective Charlie Pearce.
1950 - Carlos Eire
Cuban-born American professor and author of the National Book Award-winning Waiting for Snow in Havana, a memoir of the Cuban Revolution.
1953 - Rick Bayless
American chef and author who specializes in regional Mexican cuisine.
1955 - Steven Brust
American scifi and fantasy author of the Vlad Taltos series.
1980 - Ismael Beah
Former Sierra Leonean child soldier and author of the memoir A Long Way Gone: Memoir of a Boy Soldier.
1958 - Johnston McCulley
1974 - Cornelius Ryan
1976 - André Malraux
1984 - Leonard Baker
1990 - Roald Dahl