1869 - Edwin Arlington Robinson
American poet, winner of three Pulitzer Prizes for his work.
1905 - Kenneth Rexroth
American poet and Beat influencer, although he disliked the label.
1936 - James Burke
British author and science historian, known for his documentary television series Connections.
1937 - Charlotte Lamb
Pen name of Sheila Holland, British author of romantic fiction.
1939 - Jerry Pinckney
American children's book illustrator, winner of the 2010 Caldecott for The Lion & the Mouse.
1947 - Brian Daley
American science fiction novelist, known for his Star Wars adaptations.
1951 - Charles de Lint
Canadian science fiction and fantasy author, popularizer of early urban fantasy.
1957 - Susan Powter
Australian-born motivational speaker whose "Stop the insanity" was an 80's catchphrase.
1880 - George Eliot
1940 - Nathanael West
1943 - Beatrix Potter
1974 - Sterling North
1989 - Samuel Beckett