1608 - John Milton
English pet best known for the epic Paradise Lost.
1845 - Joel Chandler Harris
American journalist and folklorist who collected the Uncle Remus stories
1899 - Jean de Brunhoff
French writer and illustrator, creator of the Babar books.
1905 - Dalton Trumbo
Screenwriter and novelist who was involved in breaking the blacklists of 1950s McCarthyism.
1915 - Eloise Jarvis McGraw
American author of children's book and young adult novels; three-time Newbery Award winner.
1928 - Joan Blos
American writer and children's literacy advocate whose 1979 historical novel A Gathering of Days won a National Book Award and the Newbery Medal.
1942 - Joe McGinniss
American non-fiction writer and novelist.
1943 - Joanna Trollope
British writer of romantic and historical fiction. Also used the pen name Caroline Harvey.
1963 - Perry Miller
2005 - Robert Sheckley