Classics Calendar for May 4

From a cover of E. Nesbit's The Railway Children

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

William H. Prescott (1796; died January 28, 1859) American historian; Conquest of Mexico; Conquest of Peru

Thomas Henry Huxley (1825; died June 29, 1895) English biologist; Autobiography and Selected Essays; Man's Place in Nature, and Other Essays; Science and Culture, and Other Essays; On the Relations of Man to the Lower Animals; Evolution and Ethics, and Other Essays

William Clifford (1845; died March 3, 1879) English mathematician and philosopher; "The Ethics of Belief"; Seeing and Thinking; The Common Sense of the Exact Sciences

Died on this day:

E. Nesbit (1924; born August 15, 1858) English author of children's literature and poet; the Bastable series; The Railway Children; over a dozen more children's books, as well as stories and adult novels

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