1830 – Christina Rossetti, English writer of romantic and children’s poems, best known for her long poem Goblin Market.
1872 – Vir Singh (Punjabi: ਭਾਈ ਵੀਰ ਸਿੰਘ ), Indian poet, scholar, and theologian who was a key figure in the movement for the revival of Punjabi literary tradition.
1886 – Rose Wilder Lane, American journalist, travel writer, novelist, and political theorist who was the daughter of American writer Laura Ingalls Wilder; Along with Ayn Rand and Isabel Paterson, Lane is considered one of the founders of the American libertarian movement.
1896 – Ann Nolan Clark, Newbery Medal-winning American children’s author.
1934 – Joan Didion, American author of novels, essays, and literary journalism, known for her lucid prose and incisive depictions of social unrest and psychological fragmentation.
1935 – Calvin Marshall Trillin, American journalist, humorist, food writer, poet, memoir writer, and novelist.
1936 – James Lee Burke, Edgar Award-winning American author of mysteries, best known for his Dave Robicheaux series.
1954 – Hanif Kureishi, English author and playwright; The Times named him one of Britain’s 50 greatest writers since 1945.
1968 – Lydia Millet, American novelist of literary fiction with a hint of dark humor.