Classics Calendar for September 23

Gylfi, a mythological king of Sweden, meets the
god Odin in Snorri Sturluson's Prose Edda

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

John Coltrane (1926; died July 17, 1967) American jazz saxophonist and composer known especially for the genres "bebop" and "hard bop," and who won a special Pulitzer Prize in 2007; notable works include "My Favorite Things"; "Naima"; "Giant Steps"; "Equinox"; "Cousin Mary"; "Central Park West"

Died on this day:

Snorri Sturluson (1241; born Unknown date, 1179) Icelandic historian and poet, assumed author or editor of the Prose Edda (Younger Edda) (compiled around 1220-1241), an Old Norse saga

Friedrich Wohler (1882; born July 31, 1800) German chemist who wrote Hand-book of mineral analysis; Wöhler's Outlines of Organic Chemistry

Wilkie Collins (1889; born January 8, 1824) English novelist, playwright, and short story writer who wrote The Woman in White; No Name; Armadale; The Moonstone

John Wesley Powell (1902; born March 24, 1834) American explorer who wrote The Exploration of the Colorado River and Its Canyons

Sigmund Freud (1939; born May 6, 1856) Austrian neurologist and the founder of psychoanalysis knwon for The Interpretation of Dreams; Five Lectures on Psycho-Analysis; Totem and Taboo; Beyond the Pleasure Principle; The Ego and the Id; The Future of an Illusion; Civilization and Its Discontents; Moses and Monotheism

Pablo Neruda (1973; born July 12, 1904) Chilean poet known for Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair; Nobel Prize for Literature (1971)

Bonus Classic:

Herodotus (c. 484-c. 425 BCE) Greek historian whose The Histories (about the Greco-Persian Wars) were the first use of the word in the modern sense (it had meant "inquiries").

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