Classics Calendar for May 1

From a film version of Harry Leon Wilson's Ruggles
of Red Gap
, about a British butler in the Old West

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Joseph Addison (1672; died June 17, 1719) English writer; with Richard Steele, published The Tatler and The Spectator

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881; died April 10, 1955) French philosopher and Jesuit priest; The Phenomenon of Man; The Divine Milieu; The Future of Man; letters and essays

Harry Leon Wilson (1867; died June 28, 1939) American novelist; Merton of the Movies; Ruggles of Red Gap

Kita Morio (1927; died October 24, 2011) Japanese novelist who wrote The House of Nire; Ghosts; The Adventures of Kupukupu the Sailor; story "In the Corner of Night and Fog"

Died on this day:

Antonin Dvorak (1904; born September 8, 1841) Czech composer known for the New World Symphony; Slavonic Dance No. 2

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