1544 – Torquato Tasso, Italian poet, author, and playwright who he died a few days before the Pope was to crown him on the Capitoline Hill as the king of poets; his work was widely translated and adapted, and until the 20th century, he remained one of the most widely read poets in Europe.
1884 – Ömer Seyfettin, Turkish writer who is considered to be one of the greatest modern Turkish authors and is praised for his contributions to the development of the Turkish language.
1893 – Wanda Gág, American children’s author and illustrator, artist, printmaker, and translator; she is best known for the Newbery Medal-winning Millions of Cats, which is the oldest American picture book still in print.
1911 – Alba de Céspedes y Bertini, Cuban-Italian novelist, journalist, radio broadcaster, resistance member, and feminist who was jailed for anti-fascist activities in Italy and saw several of her books banned.
1916 – Ezra Jack Keats, Caldecott Medal-winning American children’s book writer and illustrator, best known for his beloved picture book, The Snowy Day.
1923 – Alice von Hildebrand, Belgian philosopher, author, professor, and Catholic theologian.
1952 – Douglas Adams, English writer, science-fiction author, radio writer, humorist, screenwriter, and dramatist, best known for his influential “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” series of humorous science-fiction books; he also wrote for Monty Python and Doctor Who.
1955 – D.J. MacHale, American television writer, director, and producer who has also authored several popular young-adult book series.
1956 – Jean “Binta” Breeze, Jamaican poet, novelist, screenwriter, storyteller, theater director, choreographer, actor, and teacher.
1964 – Libba Bray, American author of young-adult novels, including the popular Gemma Doyle trilogy, and short stories.
1964 – Lea Hernandez, American comic-book author and web comic creator, known for her manga-influenced style.
1973 – Sylvia Day, bestselling Japanese-American romance author who also writes under the pseudonyms S.J. Day and Livia Dare.
1974 – Kate Brian, Pen name of Kieran Scott, American chick-lit and young-adult novelist.
1978 – Christopher Rice, American author of suspense, crime novels, supernatural thrillers, and erotic romance; he is the son of bestselling vampire novelist Anne Rice.