1893 – Geoffrey Dearmer, British poet whose works dealt with the brutality of war.
1902 – William Downie Forrest, Scottish journalist, editor, and war correspondent.
1905 – Phyllis McGinley, Pulitzer Prize-winning American author of children’s books and poetry.
1919 – Geoffrey Pinnington, British reporter and editor.
1928 – Peter Hacks, German playwright, author, and essayist.
1929 – Jules Bergman, broadcast writer and journalist; science editor for ABC News, he is most remembered for coverage of the U.S. space program.
1934 – Ved Mehta, Hindu author and magazine writer who lost his eyesight as a child but went on to write novels, nonfiction, travel books, nonfiction books, and an autobiography.
1935 – Hubert Fichte, award-winning German novelist, essayist, and journalist.
1936 – Margaret Mahy, New Zealand author of children’s and young-adult fantasy books.
1953 – David Wisniewski, Caldecott Medal-winning American children’s author and illustrator.
1981 – Lauren Kate, bestselling author of adult and young-adult novels, especially known for historical fiction.