Classics Calendar for March 27

Edward Steichen's iconic 1904 photograph
of The Flatiron Building in New York

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Edward Steichen (1879; died March 25, 1973) Luxembourgish-American photographer; credited with transforming photography into an art form; curator of The Family of Man

Ferde Grofe (1892; died April 3, 1972) American composer; Mississippi Suite; Grand Canyon Suite; Death Valley Suite; Niagara Falls Suite

Endo Shusaku (1923; died September 29, 1996) Japanese author who wrote Chinmoku (Silence)

Quentin Tarantino (1963) American filmmaker; Reservoir Dogs; Pulp Fiction; Kill Bill: Volume 1 & 2; Inglourious Basterds; Django Unchained; two Academy Awards

Died on this day:

Henry Adams (1918; born February 16, 1838) American historian descended from two U.S. Presidents; The Education of Henry Adams; The History of the USA of America 1801–1817; "Mont Saint-Michel and Chartres"; Pulitzer Prize (1919)

M. C. Escher (1972; born June 17, 1898) Dutch graphic artist; known for geometrically intricate drawings such as Relativity; Waterfall; Hand with Reflecting Sphere

Adrienne Rich (2012; born May 16, 1929) American poet; Diving Into the Wreck

Bonus Classic:

Questions of King Menander (Milinda Panha) (c. 100 CE) ancient Indian text of Buddhist philosophy, in the form of a king questioning a monk

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