1628 - John Bunyan
English Christian writer and preacher, known for his book The Pilgrim's Progress.
1757 - William Blake
English poet of the Romantic Age.
1864 - James Allen
English philosophical author and founder of the self-help movement.
1904 - Nancy Mitford
English novelist and biographer who wrote about upper-class life in England and France.
1931 - Ed Young
Chinese-born author and illustrator of children's books; three-time winner of the Caldecott award.
1944 - Rita Mae Brown
American mystery writer whose main series is "coauthored" with her cat, Sneaky Pie Brown.
1948 - Alan Lightman
American physicist and science writer, whose Einstein's Dreams became a bestseller, translated into 30 languages.
1962 - Jon Stewart
American political satirist and comedian.
1859 - Washington Irving
1960 - Richard Wright
1968 - Enid Blyton
2003 - Antonia Forest
2012 - Zig Ziglar