1889 – Jean Cocteau, French poet, novelist, and playwright, best known for his films; Les Enfant terribles is his most famous novel.
1935 – John Gilmore, American author, journalist, and actor, best known for his true-crime work and detective mysteries. His big break came with a book about the unsolved Black Dahlia murders.
1935 – John Schoenherr, American illustrator whose collaboration with Jane Yolen on the book Owl Moon won a Caldecott Medal.
1946 – John J. Nance, American pilot and author of thrillers, often involving flying and airplanes.
1948 – Nancy Springer, prolific, award-winning American author of fantasy, young-adult literature, mystery, and science fiction.
1957 – Jody Lynn Nye, American fantasy and science-fiction writer.
1958 – Veronica Guerin, Irish investigative journalist
1958 – Bill Watterson, American cartoonist best known as the author of Calvin & Hobbes.
1964 – Ronald D. Moore, American screenwriter, actor, television director, television producer, and blogger; some of his best known programs include Star Trek, the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica, and Outlander.
1969 – Armin Kõomägi, Estonian novelist, short-story writer, and screenwriter.