1713 - Laurence Sterne
Anglo-Irish novelist and clergyman, best known for his novel The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman.
1849 - Frances H. Burnett
English playwright and author whose children's stories like The Secret Garden are considered classics.
1888 - Dale Carnegie
American writer and lecturer whose most famous work is How to Win Friends and Influence People.
1925 - William F Buckley Jr.
American conservative author, who founded the magazine National Review.
1935 - Mordecai Gerstein
American children's book author and illustrator, winner of the 2004 Caldecott Medal for The Man Who Walked Between the Towers.
1948 - Spider Robinson
American born Canadian science fiction author.
1961 - Arundhati Roy
Indian author and political activist, best known for her 1997 book The God of Small Things.
1975 - Thomas Kohnstamm
American author and travel writer.
1980 - Herbert Agar
1990 - Dodie Smith
2004 - Arthur Hailey
2004 - Joseph Hansen