1854 – Mihaljo Pupin, Pulitzer Prize-winning Serbian-born physicist, chemist, autobiographer, and author; he was also a diplomat who helped determine the borders of Yugoslavia.
1863 – Edward Bok, Pulitzer Prize-winning Dutch-born American magazine editor, author, and autobiographer.
1892 – Ivo Andrić, Nobel Prize-winning Yugoslavian novelist and short-story writer.
1899 – Bruce Catton, Pulitzer Prize-winning and National Book Award-winning American historian and journalist who wrote popular histories of the American Civil War, including the book A Stillness at Appomattox.
1906 – Sayyid Qutb, prolific Egyptian author, educator, Islamic theorist, poet, journalist, philosopher, nonfiction author, and politician who wrote on the social and political role of Islam. He was convicted of plotting the assassination of Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser and executed by hanging.
1919 – Belva Plain, bestselling American noverlist whose books were often multigenerational Jewish-American family sagas featuring strong-willed women.
1937 – Joanna Hurwitz, American librarian and author of children’s books.
1941 – Jean-Jacques Schuhl, French author who won the Prix Goncourt for his novel Ingrid Caven, which was named for his partner, German actress and singer Ingrid Caven.
1942 – Michael Palmer, American doctor and bestselling author of medical thrillers.
1950 – Jody Williams, Nobel Prize-winning American writer, professor, and activist.
1964 – Jacqueline Carey, American fantasy author, known for her “Kushiel” series set in the fictional land of Terre d’Ange.
1964 – Guillermo del Toro, Mexican movie director and novelist, known for his works of fantasy, suspense, and horror.
1976 – William Joseph Alexander, National Book Award-winning American author of young-adult fantasy novels.