1831 – Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr, prolific British novelist, autobiographer, and teacher, much of whose fiction was set in Scotland and England.
1865 – Stephen Bonsal, Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist, war correspondent, author, translator, and diplomat.
1901 – Andrija Maurović, Croatian comic book author and illustrator who is considered the father of Croatian and Yugoslav comics.
1929 – Lennart Meri, Estonian history and travel writer who served as president of Estonia from 1992 to 2001.
1936 – Judith Guest, American novelist and screenwriter who is best known for her book Ordinary People and its film adaptation.
1952 – Jo-Ann Mapson, American novelist whose work is mostly set in the Southwest and deals with friendship, love, and families.
1952 – K.N.Y. Patanjali, Indian writer, journalist, editor, novelist, and short-story author who was especially known for his satire.
1957 – Elizabeth Hand, bestselling American novelist, short-story author, and essayist whose work spans several genres including science fiction and fantasy and has won multiple World Fantasy and Nebula Awards
1961 – Amy Sedaris, American author, comedian, screenwriter, and actress; writer David Sedaris is her brother.
1969 – Ranjit Hoskote, Indian poet, art critic, and cultural theorist.