Classics Calendar for July 1

Charlton Heston and Marina Berti in
William Wyler's 1959 film, Ben-Hur

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Liu Bowen (1311; died May 16, 1375) Chinese poet and military strategist who wrote Huo long jing (The Fire Dragon Manual) with Jiao Yu; his Shaobing Song (Pancake Poem) may be spurious

George Sand (1804; died June 8, 1876) French novelist; La Mare au Diable; La Petite Fadette; A Winter in Majorca; Indiana; Mauprat; Consuelo

William Strunk, Jr. (1869; died September 26, 1946) American educator and original author of The Elements of Style

James M. Cain (1892; died October 27, 1977) American author and journalist; The Postman Always Rings Twice; Mildred Pierce; Double Indemnity

William Wyler (1902; died July 27, 1981) French-born American filmmaker; Ben-Hur; Roman Holiday; The Best Years of Our Lives; Mrs. Miniver

Died on this day:

Harriet Beecher Stowe (1896; born June 14, 1811) American writer and activist; Uncle Tom's Cabin

Mikhail Bakunin (1876; born May 30, 1814) Russian anarchist; God and the State; Statism and Anarchy

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