1764 – Ann Julia Hatton (née Kemble) popular British novelist and poet; she also published as Ann of Swansea.
1780 – Charles Nodier, influential French author, poet, librarian, translator, journalist, entomologist, literary critic, novelist, and lexicographer who introduced a younger generation of Romanticists to the conte fantastique, gothic literature, and vampire tales.
1815 – Antun Pasko Kazali, Croatian folk-writer, poet, and translator.
1863 – Constantine P. Cavafy, Egyptian/Greek poet, writer, and journalist.
1893 – Elisaveta Bagriana, Bulgarian poet, author, translator, and literary editor who was nominated three times for the Nobel Prize in Literature.
1890 – Daisy Fellowes (née Marguerite Séverine Philippine Decazes de Glücksberg), French socialite, novelist, and poet, who was Paris editor of Harper’s Bazaar and an heiress to the Singer sewing machine fortune.
1908 – Jack Williamson, pioneering American science-fiction writer who is often called the “Dean of Science Fiction” and is credited with one of the first uses of the term “genetic engineering.”
1910 – Elzbieta Szemplinska (née Sobolewska), Polish poet, novelist, short-story writer, editor, and diplomat.
1920 – Edward Blishen, English author best known for his children’s novels based on Greek mythology.
1924 – Shintaro Abe, Japanese politician, diplomat, and journalist who served as Japanese foreign minister.
1926 – Elmer Kelton, American journalist and author, best known for his western novels; he also wrote under the pseudonyms Tom Early, Alex Hawk, and Lee McElroy.
1933 – Rod McKuen, popular American poet, songwriter, composer, singer, and translator.
1937 – Jill Paton Walsh, English novelist and children’s book writer.
1947 – Yusef Komunyakaa, Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet.
1953 – Nicole Rubel, American author and illustrator of children’s books; best known for her Rotten Ralph books.
1958 – Ramachandra Guha, Indian historian, author, journalist, columnist, biographer, and teacher whose research interests include social, economic, and political history; the environment, and cricket. He is considered a significant figure in Indian historical studies, and one of the major historians of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.
1960 – Robert J. Sawyer, Canadian science-fiction novelist, short-story writer, and screenwriter who has won both a Nebula Award and a Hugo Award.
1962 – Polly Samson, British novelist, songwriter, lyricist, and journalist; she is married to musician David Gilmour and has written the lyrics to many of his works, both as a solo artist and with the group Pink Floyd.