Classics Calendar for June 30

A scene from John Gay's The Beggar's
, painted by William Hogarth (detail)

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

John Gay (1685; died December 4, 1732) English poet and playwright; The Beggar's Opera

Died on this day:

Ki no Tsurayuki (945; born Unknown Date, 872) Japanese poet and diarist who compiled the Kokin Wakashu (Collection of Japanese Poems of Ancient and Modern Times); wrote Tosa Nikki (Tosa Diary)

Lillian Hellman (1984; born June 20, 1905) American playwright; Toys in the Attic; Another Part of the Forest; The Children's Hour; The Little Foxes

Christopher Fry (2005; born December 18, 1907) English poet and playwright; best-known for The Lady's Not for Burning

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