Sometimes the planets align in a way that makes you wonder, and June 5 is one of those times.
On June 5, 2012, Ray Bradbury died. I haven't read all of Bradbury's works, but I know for sure that I did read Fahrenheit 451 in middle school (because I had to), and it changed the way I saw the world. It was one of those books that made me think differently. Bradbury was a master of imagining the future and was credited by the New York Times as "the writer most responsible for bringing modern science fiction into the literary mainstream."
On June 5, 1949, Ken Follett was born. I've not read all of his works, either, but I understand him to be a pillar of the earth's historical fiction. (See what I did there?) He often takes the facts of the past and imagines new life into them as few others can.
So June 5th is the birthday of an author who is a master of the past and the death day of an author who was a master of the future. Does anybody else think that's amazingly cool, or is it just me?