Classics Calendar for December 20

Henry Fonda as Tom Joad in John Ford's 1940 film
adaptation of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath

Here are today's milestones:

Died on this day:

Ambroise Paré (1590; born Unknown Date, 1510) French barber surgeon; Journeys in Diverse Places

Carl Sagan (1996; born November 9, 1934) American scientist and author; Cosmos: A Personal Voyage; The Dragons of Eden; Pale Blue Dot; Contact (novel); Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction, (1978)

John Steinbeck (1968; born February 27, 1902) American novelist; short story writer; Of Mice and Men; The Grapes of Wrath; East of Eden; Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, (1940); Nobel Prize in Literature, (1962)

Bonus Classic:

The Book of Dede Korkut (15th century) collection of Turkmen (Oghuz) epics

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