Classics Calendar for December 5

Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Christina Rossetti (1830; died December 29, 1894) English poet; Goblin Market; Remember

Fritz Lang (1890; died August 2, 1976) Austrian-German filmmaker; Metropolis; M; The Big Heat; Fury; You Only Live Once; The Woman in the Window; While the City Sleeps

Walt Disney (1901; died December 15, 1966) American filmmaker and entrepreneur responsible for dozens of animated and live-action films (which earned a record 22 Academy Awards, plus four honoraries) as well as theme parks and other enterprises. His films include Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs; Fantasia; Pinocchio; Dumbo; Bambi; Cinderella; and Mary Poppins.

Werner Heisenberg (1901; died February 1, 1976) German physicist; The Physical Principles of the Quantum Theory; Nobel Prize in Physics (1932)

Otto Preminger (1905; died April 23, 1986) Austrian American filmmaker; Laura; Fallen Angel; The Man with the Golden Arm; Anatomy of a Murder; Exodus; Advise and Consent; The Cardinal

Died on this day:

Phillis Wheatley (1784; born Unknown Date, 1753) first published African-American female poet who wrote Poems on Various Subjects (1773)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1791; born January 27, 1756) Austrian composer; chamber music, concertos, operas (The Magic Flute, The Marriage of Figaro), 41 symphonies

Alexandre Dumas (1870; born July 24, 1802) French writer; The Three Musketeers, The Count of Monte Cristo; The Man in the Iron Mask

Claude Monet (1926; born November 14, 1840) French painter; Impression, Sunrise; Rouen Cathedral series; London Parliament series; Water Lilies; Poplars; The Bridge at Argenteull; Haystacks

Vachel Lindsay (1931; born November 10, 1879) American poet; "Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight"; "Bryan, Bryan, Bryan, Bryan"; "The Dandelion"; "General William Booth Enters Into Heaven"; The Golden Book of Springfield; "The Eagle That is Forgotten"

Bonus Classic:

Ashvaghosha (c. 80-c. 150) Indian philosopher and poet; wrote Buddhacharita, an "epic" life of the Buddha

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