1770 – William Wordsworth, revered English poet considered one of the founders of the Romantic movement.
1803 – Flora Tristan, socialist writer, activist, and one of the founders of modern feminism; grandmother to painter Paul Gauguin.
1889 – Gabriela Mistral, pseudonym of Chilean poet and feminist Lucila Godoy Alcayaga, first Latin American to win the Nobel Prize in Literature; she was also an educator and a diplomat.
1897 – Walter Winchell, journalist, broadcaster and columnist.
1928 – James White, Northern Irish science-fiction author.
1931 – Donald Barthelme, National Book Award-winning American journalist and author of postmodernist short fiction and children’s literature.
1938 – Iris Johansen, American author of crime fiction and romance novels.
1939 – Francis Ford Coppola, Oscar-winning screenwriter, director, and producer.
1939 – David Frost, British journalist, TV personality, and author, best known to U.S. audiences for a series of interviews with former President Richard Nixon.