According to the History Channel's This Day in History Calendar, John Grisham was born on this day, February 8, in 1955. He is known for his best-selling legal thrillers. His first novel, A Time to Kill, was published in 1989. To date, he has written more than 20 books. Nine of his books have been made into movies. Check out one today! You can also follow the "This Day in History" calendar on Twitter. Other historical events for today include: Irish Race Horse Stolen in 1983; Mary Queen of Scots is beheaded in 1587; & Spud Webb wins dunk contest in 1986.