Classics Calendar for May 17

Mickey Mouse as "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" in the portion
of Disney's Fantasia illustrating the piece by Paul Dukas

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Edward Jenner (1749; died January 26, 1823) English scientist; documents on development of the smallpox vaccination

Died on this day:

Botticelli (1510; born March 1, 1445) Italian painter; Birth of Venus; Adoration of the Magi; Guiliano de'Medici

Paul Dukas (1935; born October 1, 1865) French composer who wrote L'Apprenti Sorcier (The Sorcerer's Apprentice)

Lloyd Alexander (2007; born January 30, 1924) American author of children's literature; The Chronicles of Prydain (The Book of Three; The Black Cauldron; The Castle of Llyr; Taran Wanderer; The High King); the Westmark trilogy (Westmark; The Kestrel; The Beggar Queen)

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