This day in 1949 Ken Follett is born. Famous to most of us for his novel The Eye of the Needle which was also made into a successful film. The book came in 1978.
He published quite a lot of novels before he hit the lists with the above book. Some books I remember to have read were The Key to Rebecca, On Wings of Eagles and Lie Down with Lions.
From then on he went into historical fiction with Pillars of the Earth, a wonderful book about cathedral builders in medieval Europe and On Wings of Eagles about a rescue attempt made by the americans for their trapped country men in Iran. Later books include more historical novels like World Without End and Fall of Giants.