Classics Calendar for March 12

Martha (Elizabeth Taylor) and George (Richard Burton)
in Mike Nichols's 1966 film version of Edward
play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

John Aubrey (1626; died June 7, 1697) English natural philosopher (scientist); Brief Lives; Monumenta Britannica

Richard Steele (1672; died September 1, 1729) Irish writer; with Joseph Addison, published The Tatler and The Spectator

George Berkeley (1685; died January 14, 1753) Anglo-Irish philosopher and Bishop (of Cloyne, Ireland); A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge

Stewart Edward White (1873; died September 18, 1946) American writer, novelist, and spiritualist who wrote Arizona Nights

Jack Kerouac (1922; died October 21, 1969) American novelist and poet who wrote The Town and the City; On the Road; The Dharma Bums; Mexico City Blues

Edward Albee (1928; died September 16, 2016) American playwright; Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; The Zoo Story; A Delicate Balance; The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?; Pulitzer Prize for Drama (1967, 1975, and 1994)

Died on this day:

Gregory the Great (604; born Unknown Date, c. 540) Roman Church Father and Pope; enacted liturgical reforms, and is credited with "Gregorian" chant

Nizami Ganjavi (1209; born Unknown Date, 1141) Persian Muslim poet; Panj Ganj (The Five Jewels) or Khamsa, five long narrative poems

Bonus Classic:

Kabir (15th century) Indian mystic poet; Bijak (sacred texts); Anurag Sagar (Ocean of Love)

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