Classics Calendar for May 3

The Bridge of Sighs, an etching by John Everett
Millais, inspired by Thomas Hood's poem

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Niccolo Machiavelli (1469; died June 21, 1527) Italian philosopher; Il Principe (The Prince); Discorsi sopra la prima deca di Tito Livio (Discourses on Livy)

William Inge (1913; died June 10, 1973) American playwright and novelist; Picnic; Come Back, Little Sheba; Bus Stop; Pulitzer Prize for Drama (1953)

Died on this day:

Thomas Hood (1845; born May 23, 1799) English poet; "The Bridge of Sighs"; "The Song of the Shirt"; The Plea of the Midsummer Fairies, Hero and Leander, Lycus the Centaur and Other Poems; National Tales

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