Classics Calendar for January 5

A poster touting George Washington Carver as
"One of America's great scientists" during World War II
(click to enlarge)

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Xu Xiake (1587; died March 8, 1641) Chinese travel writer; Xu Xiake Youji (Xu Xiake's Travels)

Paramahansa Yogananda (1893; died March 7, 1952) Indian yogi; Autobiography of a Yogi

Umberto Eco (1932; died February 19, 2016) Italian novelist, critic, and philosopher; The Name of the Rose; Foucault's Pendulum; The Island of the Day Before; The Prague Cemetery

Died on this day:

Kobayashi Issa (1828; born June 15, 1763) Japanese priest and poet; poems and The Spring of My Life (autobiography) (one of the "Four Great Haiku Masters")

George Washington Carver (1943; born Unknown Date, early 1860s) American botanist and inventor; practical bulletins on growing and using peanuts and sweet potatoes; a brief autobiographical sketch

Bonus Classic

Huineng (638-713) Chinese monk and patriarch of Chan (Zen), wrote The Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch

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