1775 – Charles Lamb, English essayist, poet, and historian, best known for Tales from Shakespeare, co-authored with his sister Mary Lamb.
1868 – William Allen White, American author, biographer, newspaper editor, and politician who was a leader of the Progressive movement.
1890 – Boris Pasternak, Russian novelist, poet, and translator who is best known for his novel about the Russian Revolution, Doctor Zhivago; the manuscript could not be published in his own country and had to be smuggled out of the Soviet Union to Italy for publication.
1898 – Bertolt Brecht, influential German poet, playwright, and theater director who is a key figure in 20th century drama.
1898 – Joseph Kessel, French journalist and novelist.
1906 – Adrienne Adams, Caldecott Honor-winning American children’s book illustrator.
1910 – Princess Eugénie of Greece and Denmark, French-born Greek princess and author who wrote a biography, in French, of Tsarevitch Aleksey Nikolaevich, son of the last Tsar of Russia.
1920 – Alex Comfort, British scientist, physician, gerontologist, and anarchist best known for his sex manual, The Joy of Sex.
1930 – Michael Anthony, Trinidad novelist, historian, poet, and short-story writer.
1930 – E.L. Konigsburg, two-time Newbery Medal-winning American author and illustrator of children’s and young-adult books; she is best known for the beloved novel, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.
1939 – Adrienne Louise Clarkson, Hong Kong-born Canadian journalist, broadcaster, and stateswoman who served as Governor General of Canada.
1943 – Stephen Gammell, Caldecott Medal-winning American children’s book illustrator.
1944 – Francis Moore Lappé, American author and food ecologist, best known for the Diet for a Small Planet.
1944 – Vernor Vinge, American computer scientist and science-fiction novelist and short-story writer who has won multiple Hugo Awards; he is considered the first author to present a fictional “cyberspace”; he was once married to science-fiction author Joan D. Vinge.
1946 – Sarah Joseph, award-winning Indian novelist and short-story writer in the Malayalam language who is considered one of India’s leading writers; she is a leader in the feminist movement in Kerala and a political activist.
1964 – Glenn Beck, American conservative media personality and author.
1979 – Johan Harstad, Norwegian novelist and playwright.