1909 - Joseph P. Lash
American political activist and author who won the National Book Award in Biography and the Pulitzer Prize for Biography for his works on Eleanor Roosevelt.
1929 - Dan Jenkins
American author and sportswriter, called "the quintessential Sports Illustrated writer" by Larry King.
1929 - Leon Litwack
American historian whose 1979 book Been in the Storm So Long: The Aftermath of Slavery won an American Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for History.
1935 - David Hackett Fisher
American historian, winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for History for his book Washington's Crossing.
1946 - David Macaulay
British-born American author and illustrator, known for books like Castle.
1948 - Elizabeth Berg
American novelist whose 2000 novel Open House was an Oprah's Book Club selection.
1948 - T.C. Boyle
American novelist and short story writer. DO NOT go down the rabbit hole of trying to figure out what his middle name, Coraghessan, means.
1958 - George Saunders
American writer of short stories, essays and novellas; a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award.
1963 - Ann Patchett
American author best known for her 2001 novel Bel Canto.
1814 - Marquis de Sade
1918 - Edmond Rostand
1985 - Philip Larkin
1995 - Robertson Davies
2003 - Alan Davidson
2004 - Mona Van Duyn