1862 – Edward Stratemeyer, American publisher and writer of children’s fiction who created such well-known series as Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, Tom Swift, and the Bobbsey Twins.
1880 – Damon Runyon, American newspaperman and author, best known for his short stories about New York City.
1892 – Robert Lawson, American author and illustrator of children’s books, best known for his illustrations of other author’s works.
1904 – Rene (Mable Neighbour) Cloke, British children’s book illustrator and author
1914 – Brendan Gill, American journalist and author whose best known work details his job at the New Yorker magazine.
1916 – Julia Woolfook Cunningham, American children’s book author who was a finalist for the National Book Award.
1922 – Adam Hollanek, Polish novelist, poet, and science-fiction writer.
1924 – Donald J. Sobol, children’s book author, best known for the “Encyclopedia Brown” boy detective novels.
1929 – John E. Mack, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, psychiatrist, and biographer.
1937 – Jackie Collins, English novelist who was the younger sister of actress Joan Collins. All 32 of her novels made the New York Times Bestseller list.
1941 – Roy Blount Jr., American writer and humorist, and frequent panelist on NPR’s Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me.
1941 – Karen Cushman, American children’s and young-adult author who won the Newbery Medal for The Midwife’s Apprentice.
1941 – Anne Rice, bestselling author of vampire fiction.
1961 – Kazuki Takahashi, Japanese manga artist and writer, best known as the creator of the Yu-Gi-Oh! book series.
1968 – Tim Wise, American anti-racism activist and writer.