Classics Calendar for December 31

Jason Statham stars as Parker in a 2013 film
version of Donald E. Westlake's novel Flashfire

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Jean de Crèvecoeur (1735; died November 12, 1813) French-American author; Letters from an American Farmer

Henri Matisse (1869; died November 3, 1954) French artist; Woman with a Hat; Nu bleu; La Danse

Died on this day:

Marshall McLuhan (1980; born July 21, 1911) Canadian philosopher; The Mechanical Bride; The Gutenberg Galaxy; Understanding Media; The Medium is the Massage; War and Peace in the Global Village; From Cliché to Archetype

Donald E. Westlake (2008; born July 12, 1933) American author of crime stories; the Parker and John Dortmunder series; The Hunter; The Grifters; The Stepfather

Bonus Classic:

Atisha (982-1054) Bengali Buddhist master who wrote Bodhipathapradipa (A Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment)

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