1817 – George Henry Lewes, British philosophical writer and literary critic.
1850 – Charles Joseph Antoine “Jo” Labadie, American labor organizer, anarchist, social activist, printer, publisher, essayist, and poet.
1864 – Richard Harding Davis, American war journalist and author of fiction and non-fiction.
1874 – Ivana Brlić-Mažuranić, Croatian writer for children.
1915 – Joy Davidman, American child prodigy poet and writer.
1918 – André Bazin, renowned and influential French film critic and film theorist.
1922 – Thomas Nigel Kneale, award-winning British screenwriter.
1924 – Abdul Samad Ismail, a Malaysian journalist, writer, and editor who often went by the moniker Pak Samad.
1935 – Costas Ferris, Greek film director and screenwriter.
1938 – Jwalamukhi, pen name of Veeravalli Raghavacharyulu, Indian poet, novelist, writer and political activist.
1941 – Lillian Sara Robinson, Marxist feminist activist, writer, professor, and theorist.
1947 – Kathy Acker, American feminist poet, punk playwright, essayist, and postmodernist writer.
1959 – Susan Faludi, American feminist writer, winner of the Pulitzer prize for her work in journalism.
1961 – Felicia D. Henderson, American television producer, screenwriter, comic-books writer, and director of music videos and television episodes.
1961 – John Mordecai Podhoretz, American writer,magazine editor, newspaper columnist, presidential speechwriter, and author of several books on politics.
1963 – Robert A. Kurson, American author, best known for his 2004 bestselling book, Shadow Divers, the true story of two Americans who discover a World War II German U-boat sunk 60 miles off the coast of New Jersey.
1964 – Niall Campbell Ferguson, Scottish historian and professor.
1969 – Keith DeCandido (full name Keith Robert Andreassi DeCandido), American science-fiction and fantasy writer and musician who works on comic books, novels, media tie-in books, role-playing games, and video games.
1993 – Alexandra Adornetto, pen name of Alexandra Grace, an Australian author who writes for children and young adults.