1818 - Ivan Turgenev
Russian novelist best known for his work Fathers and Sons.
1854 - Maud Howe Elliott
American writer and daughter of Julia Ward Howe, co-winner of a Pulitzer Prize for a biography of her mother.
1923 - James Schuyler
American poet; winner of the 1980 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.
1928 - Anne Sexton
American poet, winner of the 1967 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
1929 - Imre Kertész
Hungarian author, winner of the 2002 Nobel Prize in Literature "for writing that upholds the fragile experience of the individual against the barbaric arbitrariness of history."
1934 - Lois Ehlert
American children's author and illustrator, winner of a Caldecott Honor for Color Zoo.
1934 - Carl Sagan
American science popularizer, author and turtleneck wearer.
1911 - Howard Pyle
1918 - Guillame Appolinaire
1953 - Dylan Thomas
2004 - Iris Chang
2004 - Stieg Larsson