Classics Calendar for August 25

Tony (Richard Beymer) and Maria (Natalie Wood) as a
modern Romeo and Juliet (complete with balcony) in
Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Bret Harte (1836; died May 5, 1902) American writer of short stories ("The Outcasts of Poker Flat," "The Luck of Roaring Camp") and poetry

Leonard Bernstein (1918; died October 14, 1990) American conductor, and composer of such works as On the Town; Wonderful Town; Candida; and West Side Story; multiple Grammys, including Lifetime Achievement Award

Charles Wright (1935) American poet; he was Poet Laureate of the United States (2014-2015); won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (1998); and won the National Book Award for Poetry

Tim Burton (1958) American maker of over 30 films, including dark comedies such as The Nightmare Before Christmas and Edward Scissorhands; two Oscar Academy Award nominations

Died on this day:

David Hume (1776; born May 7, 1711) Scottish philosopher who wrote An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding

Michael Faraday (1867; born September 22, 1791) British scientist focusing on physics (especially electromagnetism) and chemistry (especially electrochemistry)

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1900; born October 15, 1844) German philosopher; The Birth of Tragedy; Thus Spoke Zarathustra; Beyond Good and Evil; On the Genealogy of Morality

Truman Capote (1984; born September 30, 1924) American author of both fiction (Other Voices, Other Rooms; Breakfast at Tiffany's) and non-fiction (In Cold Blood)

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