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

1810

Theodore Parker, anti-slavery movement leader.

1890

Jean Rhys, writer (Wide Sargasso Sea).

1895

Richard Cushing, the director of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith.

1898

Malcolm Cowley, poet, translator, literary critic and social historian.

1899

Jorge Luis Borges, Argentine writer (Ficciones).

1905

Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, blues singer, a major influence on Elvis Presley.

1915

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.

1929

Yasir Arafat, leader of the Palestinian Liberation Movement.

1951

Oscar Hijuelos, novelist (The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love).

1960

Calvin "Cal" Ripken, Jr., shortstop and third baseman for Baltimore Orioles (1981–2001) who broke Lou Gehrig's record for consecutive games played.

1963

Hideo Kojima, creator and director of video games (Metal Gear series).

1965

Reginald "Reggie" Miller, professional basketball player who set record for most career 3-point field goals (later superseded by Ray Allen); Olympic gold medalist.

1973

Grey DeLisle-Griffin, voice-over actress in animated TV shows (The Fairly OddParents) and video games (Diablo III).

2003

Alexandre Coste, son of Albert II, Prince of Monaco, and former air stewardess Nicole Coste.