1873 - Willa Cather
American author known for her novels of frontier life, like O Pioneers! and My Ántonia.
1888 - Joyce Cary
Anglo-Irish novelist and artist who chronicled his childhood in the fictionalised memoir A House of Children.
1928 - Noam Chomsky
American linguist, philosopher, author and prominent cultural figure.
1943 - Susan Isaacs
American novelist, all of whose books have been New York Times bestsellers.
1949 - Rex Beach
1970 - Rube Goldberg
1975 - Thornton Wilder
1985 - Robert Graves