1788 – Sara Josepha Hale, American novelist, editor, and poet, best known for writing “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”
1868 – Alexandra David-Néel (born Louise David), Belgian-French explorer, spiritualist, Buddhist, anarchist, and writer, best known for her 1924 visit to Lhasa, Tibet, when it was forbidden to foreigners
1904 – Moss Hart, Broadway playwright and director.
1915 – Bob Kane, writer and comic book artist, credited along with Bill Finger as the creator of the DC Comics superhero Batman.
1923 – Denise Levertov, National Book Award-nominated British-born American poet and essayist.
1927 – Barbara J. Robinson, American author best known for her children’s books.
1932 – Steven Covey, author of business and self-help books.
1932 – Ziraldo Alves Pinto, Brazilian author, painter, comic creator, and journalist, usually known as, simply, “Ziraldo.”
1933 – Norman Rush, National Book Award-winning American writer whose experiences in the Peace Corps influence his novels, which are set in Africa.
1952 – David Weber, bestselling American author of science fiction and fantasy novels, best known for his Honor Harrington series.
1956 – Dale Maharidge, Pulitzer Prize-winning American author and journalist, best known for his collaborations with photographer Michael Williamson.
1967 – Grant Cogswell, eccentric American screenwriter, independent film producer, journalist, poet, and political activist .
1969 – Emma Donoghue, bestselling Irish-born playwright, literary historian, and novelist who was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize; she is best known for the novel Room.