Classics Calendar for October 10

Poster for a 1908 production of
Giuseppe Verdi's Aida in Cleveland, Ohio

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Giuseppe Verdi (1813; died January 27, 1901) Italian composer of Aida; Rigoletto; Don Carlo; Il Trovatore; La Traviata; Falstaff; Macbeth

R.K. Narayan (1906; died May 13, 2001) Indian writer who wrote novels Swami and Friends; The English Teacher; Waiting for the Mahatma; The Guide; The Man-Eater of Malgudi; The Vendor of Sweets; A Tiger for Malgudi; short story collections Lawley Road; A Horse and Two Goats and Other Stories; Under the Banyan Tree and Other Stories; The Grandmother’s Tale; versions of The Ramayana and The Mahabharata

Harold Pinter (1930; died December 24, 2008) English playwright who wrote The Birthday Party; The Homecoming; Betrayal; Nobel Prize in Literature (2005)

Died on this day:

Orson Welles (1985; born May 6, 1915) American filmmaker who made Citizen Kane; The Magnificent Ambersons; Macbeth; Othello; Touch of Evil; Academy Award (1941); Academy Honorary Award (1970)

Bonus Classic:

Attar of Nishapur (c. 1145-c. 1221) Persian poet and Sufi mystic; Manṭiq-uṭ-Ṭayr (The Conference of the Birds); Tazkirat al-Awliya (Biographies of the Saints)

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