Classics Calendar for January 17

The "Wart" pulls out The Sword in the Stone in Disney's
1963 animated adaptation of the first book of
T. H. White's tetralogy The Once and Future King.

Here are today's milestones:



Born on this day:

Pedro Calderón de la Barca (1600; died May 25, 1681) Spanish playwright; La Vida Es Sueño (Life Is a Dream); La Dama Duende (The Phantom Lady)



Benjamin Franklin (1706; died April 17, 1790) American polymath; Autobiography; Poor Richard's Almanack



Died on this day:

Anthony the Great (356; born 251) Coptic-speaking Egyptian hermit and Church Father known for his Letters



Yosa Buson (1784; born Unknown Date, 1716) Japanese poet; haiku poems (one of the "Four Great Haiku Masters")



Edward Shepherd Creasy (1878; born September 12, 1812) English historian who wrote Fifteen Decisive Battles of the World



Francis Galton (1911; born February 16, 1822) English polymath; "The Classification of Human Ability" from Hereditary Genius



T. H. White (1964; born May 29, 1906) English novelist; The Once and Future King; (four parts: The Sword in the Stone; The Queen of Air and Darkness; The Ill-Made Knight; The Candle in the Wind); The Book of Beasts; The Book of Merlyn



Bonus Classic:

Terence (c. 195/185-c. 159?) Roman comic playwright known for Andria (The Girl from Andros)



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