Classics Calendar for January 18

How A. A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh looked
before Disney got their hands on him

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Montesquieu (1689; died February 10, 1755) French man of letters; Lettres Persanes (Persian Letters); Considérations sur les Causes de la Grandeur des Romains et de Leur Décadence (Considerations on the Causes of the Grandeur and Decadence of the Romans); De l'Esprit des Lois (The Spirit of the Laws)

A. A. Milne (1882; died January 31, 1956) English novelist, essayist, poet, playwright, and short-story writer, and, most notably, author of children's literature: the Winnie-the-Pooh books

Jacob Bronowski (1908; died August 22, 1974) Polish-born British mathematician, historian of science, and poet; The Ascent of Man

Died on this day:

Hakuin Ekaku (1768; born January 19, 1686) Japanese Zen monk; Itsumadegusa (Wild Ivy); commentaries, sermons, and letters

Rudyard Kipling (1936; born December 30, 1865) English journalist, short-story writer, poet, and novelist; The Jungle Book; Just So Stories; Kim; Captains Courageous; "If—"; "Gunga Din"; "The White Man's Burden";; Nobel Prize in Literature (1907)

Robert B. Parker (2010; born September 17, 1932) American writer known for detective novels featuring Spenser, Jesse Stone, and Sunny Randall

Bonus Classic:

Juvenal (1st-2nd centuries CE) Roman satirical poet known for Satires, especially the third one

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