Classics Calendar for October 4

Painting by Rembrandt van Rijn
commonly called The Night Watch

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Francois Guizot (1787; died September 12, 1874) French historian, orator, and statesman prior to the Revolution of 1848; numerous works include A Popular History of France from the Earliest Times (6 Volumes); Memoirs

Died on this day:

Teresa of Avila (1582; born March 28, 1515) Spanish saint and mystic who wrote her Autobiography; El Camino de Perfeccion (The Way of Perfection); El Castillo Interior (The Interior Castle)

Rembrandt van Rijn (1669; born July 15, 1606) Dutch painter whose paintings include The Bridal Couple; The Night Watch

Max Planck (1947; born April 23, 1858) German physicist who wrote Eight Lectures on Theoretical Physics; Where Is Science Going?; Scientific Autobiography and other papers; The Origin and Development of the Quantum Theory; Nobel Prize in Physics in 1918

Bonus Classic:

Vyasa (c. 200) legendary Indian author and/or editor; tradition ascribes to him Mahabharata (including Bhagavad Gita); Brahma Sutra (Vedanta Sutra); Maha Puranas; and Skanda Purana

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