Classics Calendar for September 6

Toshiro Mifune on a 1962 poster for a
re-release of Kurosawa Akira's Rashomon

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Jane Addams (1860; died May 21, 1935) American social activist known for women's rights and suffrage, and for winning the 1931 Nobel Peace Prize. Addams wrote Twenty Years at Hull-House; The Spirit of Youth and the City Streets; and Democracy and Social Ethics.

Died on this day:

Sully Prudhomme (1907; born March 16, 1839) French poet and essayist. "The Broken vase" is representative; he was the first winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature (1901).

Kurosawa Akira (1998; born March 23, 1910) Japanese filmmaker known for Rashomon; Ikiru; Seven Samurai; Yojimbo; Kagemusha; and Ran.

Madeleine L'Engle (2007; born November 29, 1918) American author of children's literature (among others), known for A Wrinkle in Time and other books in the "Kairos" and "Chronos" series.

Bonus Classic:

Laozi (6th century BCE), ancient Chinese philosopher of the "Dao," the "Way" of all things; alleged author of the Dao De Jing.

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