Classics Calendar for October 23

Scene from Steven Spielberg's 1993 film version
of Michael Crichton's novel Jurassic Park

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Ignatius of Loyola (1491; died July 31, 1556) Spanish theologian and religious founder; Autobiography; Spiritual Exercises

Michael Crichton (1942; died November 4, 2008) American author who wrote The Andromeda Strain; The Terminal Man; Jurassic Park; Rising Sun; The Lost World

Died on this day:

Théophile Gautier (1872; born August 30, 1811) French writer; poetry (Émaux et Camées "Enamels and Cameos"), drama, novels (Mademoiselle de Maupin), etc.

Zane Grey (1939; born January 31, 1872) American adventure writer; Riders of the Purple Sage

Bonus Classic:

Geoffrey of Monmouth (c. 1100-c. 1155) Welsh historian; Historia Regum Britanniae (The History of the Kings of Britain)

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