Classics Calendar for May 7

An early Russian production of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

David Hume (1711; died August 25, 1776) Scottish philosopher who wrote An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding

Robert Browning (1812; died December 12, 1889) English poet; "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came"; Fra Lippo Lippi; "Andrea Del Sarto"; "My Last Duchess"; "The Pied Piper of Hamelin"

Johannes Brahms (1833; died May 7, 1833) German composer; The "Lullaby"; Academic Festival Overture; The Tragic Overture; A German Requiem; Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel; The Paganini Variations; Variations on a Theme by Haydn

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840; died November 6, 1893) Russian composer; Swan Lake; Eugene Onegin; Marche Slave; Capriccio Italien in A; 1812 Overture; The Sleeping Beauty; The Nutcracker

Rabindranath Tagore (1861; died August 7, 1941) Indian (Bengali) polymath; Sadhana; The Realization of Life; Gitanjali; Gora; Ghare-Baire; Rabindra Sangeet; Nobel Prize in Literature (1913)

Archibald MacLeish (1892; died April 20, 1982) American poet and writer; three Pulitzer Prizes: Conquistador (for Poetry, 1933); Collected Poems 1917–1952 (for Poetry, 1953); J.B. (for Drama, 1959)

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (1927; died April 3, 2013) German-born British and American novelist, short story writer, and screenwriter known for her novel Heat and Dust, and adapting the screenplays from E. M. Forster's Room with a View and Howards End (winning Oscars for both)

Died on this day:

James George Frazer (1941; born January 1, 1854) Scottish anthropologist; mythology and comparative religion, especially The Golden Bough

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