Classics Calendar for July 29

Vincent van Gogh's The Starry Night

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Alexis de Tocqueville (1805; died April 16, 1859) French historian; Democracy in America

Booth Tarkington (1869; died May 19, 1946) American novelist and dramatist; The Magnificent Ambersons; Alice Adams; Seventeen

Stanley Kunitz (1905; died May 14, 2006) American poet; Selected Poems: 1928-1958; Passing Through: The Later Poems; Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (1959); Poet Laureate of the USA (1974 and 2000)

Died on this day:

Tang Xianzu (1616; born September 24, 1550) Chinese playwright of the Ming Dynasty who wrote Mudan Ting (The Peony Pavilion), one of the "Four Great Classical Dramas"

Robert Schumann (1856; born June 8, 1810) German composer; Carnaval; Symphonic Studies; Kinderszenen; Kreisleriana; the Fantasie in C

Vincent van Gogh (1890; born March 30, 1853) Dutch painter; The Starry Night; L'Arlesienne; Bedroom at Aries; Self-Portrait

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