This famed children’s book author wrote about his service in World War Two in the 1986 book, Going Solo
- Roald Dahl
- Maurice Sendak
- Dr. Seuss
- E. B. White
Today in History: Born on August 24
Theodore Parker, anti-slavery movement leader.
Jean Rhys, writer (Wide Sargasso Sea).
Richard Cushing, the director of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith.
Malcolm Cowley, poet, translator, literary critic and social historian.
Jorge Luis Borges, Argentine writer (Ficciones).
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, blues singer, a major influence on Elvis Presley.
Alice H.B. Sheldon, science fiction writer and artist, CIA photo-intelligence operative, lecturer at American University and major in the U.S. Army Air Force.
Yasir Arafat, leader of the Palestinian Liberation Movement.
Oscar Hijuelos, novelist (The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love).
Calvin "Cal" Ripken, Jr., shortstop and third baseman for Baltimore Orioles (1981–2001) who broke Lou Gehrig's record for consecutive games played.
Hideo Kojima, creator and director of video games (Metal Gear series).
Reginald "Reggie" Miller, professional basketball player who set record for most career 3-point field goals (later superseded by Ray Allen); Olympic gold medalist.
Grey DeLisle-Griffin, voice-over actress in animated TV shows (The Fairly OddParents) and video games (Diablo III).
Alexandre Coste, son of Albert II, Prince of Monaco, and former air stewardess Nicole Coste.