1898 – Harry Crosby, poet and publisher who epitomized the Lost Generation in American literature.
1904 – Bhagat Puran Singh, Indian writer, publisher, and environmentalist who was an early advocate of the “Green Revolution,” writing on environmental pollution and soil erosion before those ideas were well-known.
1907 – Jacques Roumain, Haitian novelist, poet, and politician.
1930 – Teri Martini, American author of children’s books.
1932 – Gilda Cordero-Fernando, Filippina short-story writer, novelist, playwright, artist, and nonfiction author and publisher of books on the culture of the Philippines.
1937 – Robert Fulghum, American author, essayist, and minister, best known for the All I Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten books.
1939 – Margrit Schriber, Swiss writer of novels, short stories, and radio plays.
1947 – Jack N. Rakove, Pulitzer Prize-winning American author, historian, and professor.
1950 – Clifford Stoll, astronomer, teacher, science writer, and nonfiction author who is best known for his investigation led to the capture of hacker Markus Hess, and for Stoll’s subsequent book The Cuckoo’s Egg, in which he details the investigation.
1951 – Leigh Kennedy, American-born science-fiction novelist and short-story author, now living in the U.K.
1951 – Melanie Phillips, bestselling British author, journalist, memoirist, and publisher.
1952 – Dambudzo Marechera, Zimbabwean novelist, short-story writer, playwright, and poet who was known for his abrasive, heavily detailed, and self-aware writing, which was considered a new frontier in African literature.
1955 – Val McDermid, Scottish crime writer.
1956 – John Hockenberry, Emmy Award-winning journalist and author.
1956 – Joyce Sidman, Newbery Honor-winning American children’s writer and poet.
1967 – Marie NDiaye, French novelist, short-story writer, children’s writer, essayist, screenwriter, and playwright.
1972 – Joe Hill (full name Joseph Hillström King), American comic-book writer who is the son of bestselling horror and suspense author Stephen King.