1817: Tom Taylor, British playwright whose play Our American Cousin was being performed at Ford's Theater when President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth. On the track of an assassin.
1833: Adam Lindsay Gordon, Australian poet.
1858: Alice Josephine McLellan Birney, child welfare worker whose ideas evolved into the PTA.
1895: Lewis Mumford, American writer, urban planner and social critic (The City in History).
1931: John Le Carré, English suspense and spy novelist.