1828 – Abraham Viktor Rydberg, important Swedish novelist described as “primarily a classical idealist” and as “Sweden’s last Romantic.”
1856 – Graciano López Jaena, Filipino journalist, orator, propagandist, and revolutionary, best known for his written work, La Solidaridad.
1870 – Saki, Pen name of British writer Hector Hugh Munro, known for his witty short stories.
1913 – Alfred Bester, American science-fiction author who won the first-ever Hugo award.
1918 – Hal Kanter, American screenwriter and comedy writer who penned movies and television shows and created the pioneering sitcom Julia, starring Diahann Carroll as Julia Baker, a widowed nurse bringing up a young son alone; it was the first show to feature a black female lead.
1927 – Marilyn Sachs, award-winning American children’s and young-adult novelist who has written more than 30 books.
1935 – Jacques Pépin, French chef, author, and television personality who has written many cookbooks.
1939 – Michael Moorcock, English author of scifi, fantasy and literary novels.
1950 – Leonard Maltin, American film critic and author.
1971 – Barkha Dutt, award-winning Indian television journalist, editor, and columnist.
1981 – Nives Celzijus Drpić (born Nives Zeljković), Croatian columnist, writer, model, and singer; her husband is Greek football player Dino Drpić.