Classics Calendar for May 11

Salvador Dali's surrealist Persistence of Memory

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Irving Berlin (1888; died September 22, 1989) Russian-born American composer who wrote Annie Get Your Gun; Call Me Madam; "God Bless America"; "White Christmas"; "There's No Business Like Show Business"; "Easter Parade"; "Happy Holiday"

Salvador Dali (1904; died January 23, 1989) Spanish painter; Persistence of Memory, The Crucifixion

Richard Feynman (1918; died February 15, 1988) American scientist; The Feynman Lectures on Physics; memoirs Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! and What Do You Care What Other People Think?; The Meaning of It All: Thoughts of a Citizen Scientist; The Pleasure of Finding Things Out: The Best Short Works of Richard P. Feynman; Nobel Prize in Physics (1965)

Died on this day:

Jean de la Bruyere (1696; born August 16, 1645) French philosopher; Les Caractères (Characters)

William Dean Howells (1920; born March 1, 1837) American novelist, short story writer, playwright, and critic; short story "Christmas Every Day"; novels The Rise of Silas Lapham and A Traveler from Altruria

Hagiwara Sakutaro (1942; born November 1, 1886) Japanese writer and poet; Tsuki ni Hoeru (Howling at the Moon); Aoneko (Blue Cat); Hyōtō (Icy Island)

Douglas Adams (2001; born March 11, 1952) English author, essayist, satirist, and playwright; The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series; Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency; The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

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