1795 - Thomas Carlyle
Victorian-era Scottish satirical writer and historian.
1835 - Samuel Butler
English author known for the Utopian satire Erewhon.
1875 - Rainer Maria Rilke
Bohemian-Austrian poet who wrote in German.
1903 - Cornell Woolrich
American novelist, many of whose works were adapted into noir films.
1949 - A. Scott Berg
American biographer whose Lindbergh was a Pulitzer Prize winner in 1999.
1969 - Plum Sykes
English-born fashion writer and novelist.
1131 - Omar Khayyám
1679 - Thomas Hobbes
1975 - Hannah Arendt
1987 - Arnold Lobel
1993 - Margaret Landon