Classics Calendar for January 28

Leslie Caron with her baby and her co-star
Maurice Chevalier on the set of Gigi,
the 1958 film based on Colette's novel

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Prince Toneri (676; died December 6, 735) Japanese author (with O no Yasumaro) of Nihon Shoki (The Chronicles of Japan), starting with the creation myths and blending into history up to the 8th century

Colette (1873; died August 3, 1954) French novelist; Gigi; the Claudine stories

Harvey Fergusson (1890; died August 27, 1971) American Southwest writer of the "Followers of the Sun" trilogy: The Blood of the Conquerors; In Those Days; and Wolf Song

Died on this day:

William H. Prescott (1859; born May 4, 1796) American historian; Conquest of Mexico; Conquest of Peru

William Butler Yeats (1939; born June 13, 1865) Irish poet; tapped into Irish traditions and spiritual explorations; best-known for "The Second Coming"; Nobel Prize in Literature (1923)

Zora Neale Hurston (1960; born January 7, 1891) American novelist, short story writer, and folklorist; Their Eyes Were Watching God; Mules and Men

Joseph Brodsky (1996; born May 24, 1940) Russian-American poet and essayist; Gorbunov and Gorchakov; Less Than One: Selected Essays; Nobel Prize in Literature (1987)

Bonus Classic:

The Thidrekssaga (13th century) Old Norse saga about Theoderic the Great (Dietrich von Bern)

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