Classics Calendar for July 5

Poster for "The Greatest Show on Earth,"
a circus founded in part by P.T. Barnum

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

P. T. Barnum (1810; died April 7, 1891) American showman; Life of P.T. Barnum; The Humbugs of the World; Struggles and Triumphs; The Art of Money-Getting

Harris Newmark (1834; died April 4, 1916) Prussian-American businessman and historian; Sixty Years in Southern California: 1853-1913

Jean Cocteau (1899; died October 11, 1963) French writer, playwright, artist and filmmaker; novel Les Enfants Terribles; play The Infernal Machine; films Beauty and the Beast and Orpheus

Died on this day:

Jonas Lie (1908; born November 6, 1833) Norwegian novelist, poet, and playwright who wrote The Family at Gilje and One of Life’s Slaves; with Ibsen, Bjørnson, and Kielland, one of Norway's "Four Greats."

Georges Bernanos (1948; born February 20, 1888) French author; Diary of a Country Priest

Howard Nemerov (1991; born February 29, 1920) American poet; The Collected Poems of Howard Nemerov; twice Poet Laureate of the USA (1963-1964 and 1988-1990); Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (1978)

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