1608 – John Milton, English epic poet who penned Paradise Lost.
1848 – Joel Chandler Harris, American journalist, fiction writer, and folklorist; collector and reteller of the African-American folktales that became known as the Uncle Remus stories.
1899 – Jean de Brunhoff, French author of children’s books, best known for creating Babar the Elephant.
1899 – Leonie Fuller, U.S. Poet Laureate. writer, editor, and professor with connections to many of the leading intellectuals of her day; anthropologist Margaret Mead was her college roommate; friends included writer Gertrude Stein, literary critic Edmund Wilson, and another Poet Laureate, Louise Bogan.
1915 – Eloise Jarvis McGraw, three-time Newbery Honor-winning American author of novels for children and young adults.
1928 – Joan Blos, American writer and children’s literacy advocate whose historical novel A Gathering of Days won a National Book Award and the Newbery Medal.
1930 – Buck Henry, humorous actor and screenwriter; he worked on The Graduate, Catch 22, Get Smart, Saturday Night Live, and more.
1930 – Edoardo Sanguineti, Italian poet, critic, and playwright.
1936 – A.B. Yehoshua, Israeli novelist, short-story writer, essayist, and playwright whom the New York Times has called, “Israeli Faulkner.”
1937 – Mary Downing Hahn, American author of young-adult mysteries.
1942 – Joe McGinniss, American author of nonfiction, novels, and true crime stories.
1943 – Joanna Trollope, British writer of romantic and historical fiction who also wrote under the pen name Caroline Harvey.