1819 – Sarah Carter Edgarton Mayo, American author, editor, and poet.
1820 – Jean Ingelow, English poet, novelist, and children’s writer.
1826 – Oscar Ferdinand Peschel, German geographer and anthropologist, most remembered for his book The Races of Man and Their Geographical Distribution, which classifies humans into seven races.
1832 – Moncure Daniel Conway, American clergyman, abolitionist, scholar, author, and Thomas Paine biographer, known for his outspoken opposition to slavery.
1846 – Kate Greenaway, iconic English author and illustrator of children’s books.
1894 – Paul Green, Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright.
1898 – Yokomitsu Riichi, experimental Japanese author of the New Sensation School.
1917 – Arthur Basil Cottle, Welsh grammarian, historian, archaeologist, antiquarian, Medievalist, and reference-book writer.
1920 – Olga Orozco (real name Olga Noemí Gugliotta), award-winning Argentine poet, screenwriter, translator, and journalist.
1927 – Kenneth S. Goldstein, American folklorist, educator, and ethnomusicologist.
1933 – Penelope Lively, Booker Prize-winning British author of fiction for children and adults.
1947 – James Morrow, American science-fiction, fantasy, and literary author whose fiction is sometimes satirical.
1948 – William Gibson, American-Canadian speculative fiction author who coined the term “cyberpunk.”
1956 – Patrick McDonnell, American children’s author and cartoonist.
1972 – Ana Cecilia Blum, Ecuadorian writer, poet, and journalist.