Classics Calendar for June 17

Dancers from the inaugural performance of Igor Stravinsky's
Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring) in Paris, 1913

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

John Wesley (1703; died March 2, 1791) English Anglican cleric and theologian; Notes on the New Testament; sermons

Igor Stravinsky (1882; died April 6, 1971) Russian composer; L'Oiseau de feu (The Firebird); Petrushka; Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring)

M. C. Escher (1898; died March 27, 1972) Dutch graphic artist; known for geometrically intricate drawings such as Relativity; Waterfall; Hand with Reflecting Sphere

Died on this day:

Joseph Addison (1719; born May 1, 1672) English writer; with Richard Steele, published The Tatler and The Spectator

John Cowper Powys (1963; born October 8, 1872) British novelist, philosopher, critic, and poet; Wolf Solent; A Glastonbury Romance; Weymouth Sands; Maiden Castle; (these four his "Wessex novels"); Autobiography; Owen Glendower; Porius

Thomas Kuhn (1996; born July 18, 1922) American physicist and philosopher of science; The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

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