65 BC - Horace
Quintius Horatius Flaccus - I can see why he went by Horace. The leading Roman lyric poet in the time of Augustus. He wrote Odes.
1832 - Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson
Norwegian writer, winner of the 1903 Nobel Prize for Literature "as a tribute to his noble, magnificent poetry, which has always been distinguished by both the freshness of its inspiration and the rare purity of it's spirit."
1892 - Marcus Lee Hansen
American historian, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History for The Atlantic Migration, 1607-1860.
1894 - James Thurber
American author known for his short stories and cartoons.
1943 - James Tate
American poet, winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.
1945 - John Banville
Irish writer, Booker Prize winner and perennial Nobel candidate.
1949 - Mary Gordon
American author known for her novels and memoirs.
1951 - Bill Bryson
American writer of travel and non-fiction.
1961 - Ann Coulter
American lawyer and conservative commentator.
1859 - Thomas de Quincey