1865 - Rudyard Kipling
English author best known for his tales of British in India, winner of the 1907 Nobel Prize in Literature "in consideration of the power of observation, originality of imagination, virility of ideas and remarkable talent for narration which characterize the creations of this world-famous author."
1910 - Paul Bowles
American expatriate composer and author.
1922 - Jane Langton
American children's writer, whose The Fledgling was a Newbery Honor book.
1946 - Patti Smith
American singer-songwriter and poet; influential member of the early New York punk scene.
1947 - James Kahn
American writer best known for his novelizations of films.
1950 - Lewis Shiner
American writer of science fiction, cyberpunk and fantasy.
1952 - Melissa Fay Greene
American author of various non-fiction books.
1961 - Douglas Coupland
Canadian novelist best known for his work Generation X.
1961 - Sean Hannity
American conservative political commentator.
1963 - Chandler Burr
American journalist, author and museum curator.
1944 - Romain Rolland
2002 - Mary Wesley
2003 - John Gregory Dunne
2005 - Rona Jaffe
2011 - Ronald Searle