Classics Calendar for December 28

Bo Derek made quite a splash on the beach
in Blake Edwards' 10, which also introduced
Maurice Ravel's Bolero to a new generation.

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Arthur Eddington (1882; died November 22, 1944) English astronomer, physicist, mathematician, philosopher and popularizer of science; The Mathematical Theory of Relativity; The Nature of the Physical World; New Pathways in Science

Died on this day:

Francis de Sales (1622; born August 21, 1567) French Bishop (of Geneva) and saint; An Introduction to the Devout Life; The Treatise on the Love of God

Thomas Babington Macaulay (1859; born October 25, 1800) British historian; Lays of Ancient Rome; Critical and Historical Essays; History of England

Maurice Ravel (1937; born March 7, 1875) French composer; Boléro; Pavane pour une infante défunte (Pavane for a Dead Princess); Rapsodie espagnole; ballet Daphnis et Chloé; opera L’Enfant et les sortilèges (The Child and the Enchantments)

Theodore Dreiser (1945; born August 27, 1871) American novelist who wrote Sister Carrie and An American Tragedy

Sam Peckinpah (1984; born February 21, 1925) American filmmaker; The Wild Bunch; Straw Dogs; The Getaway; Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid; Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia

John D. MacDonald (1986; born July 24, 1916) American crime novelist and short story writer; the Travis McGee series

Bonus Classic:

Coyote stories (c. 19th century) Native American folk-tales centering on the trickster character named Coyote

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