1771 – Dorothy Mae Ann Wordsworth, English author, poet, short-story writer, and diarist who was the sister of the Romantic poet William Wordsworth.
1781 – Lady Morgan Sydney, Irish novelist, author of The Wild Irish Girl.
1869 – Charles Finger, Newbery Medal-winning British author best known for Tales from Silver Landsl.
1890 – Robert Ripley, American entrepreneur; creator of the Ripley’s Believe it or Not! franchise.
1908 – Quentin Crisp, English writer and memoirist.
1925 – Carlos Castaneda, Peruvian-American author, known for his Don Juan books.
1926 – Dharamvir Bharati (धर्मवीर भारती), renowned Hindi poet, author, editor, playwright, and social thinker.
1935 – Anne Roiphe, American feminist writer of fiction, non-fiction, and memoirs.