Classics Calendar for March 6

Michelangelo's Pietà

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Michelangelo (1475; died February 18, 1564) Italian sculptor, painter, architect, poet; Pietà; David; The Last Judgment; Sistine Chapel ceiling; erotic poetry

Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806; died June 29, 1861) English poet; Sonnets from the Portuguese; Aurora Leigh

Ooka Shohei (1909; died December 25, 1988) Japanese novelist; Nobi (Fires on the Plain)

Gabriel Garcia Marquez (1927; died April 17, 2014) Colombian novelist, short-story writer, and journalist; One Hundred Years of Solitude; The Autumn of the Patriarch; Love in the Time of Cholera; Chronicle of a Death Foretold; Nobel Prize in Literature (1982)

Died on this day:

Artemus Ward (1867; born April 26, 1834) American humorist; numerous short humorous pieces

Louisa May Alcott (1888; born November 29, 1832) American novelist and poet; Little Women; Little Men; Jo's Boys

John Philip Sousa (1932; born November 6, 1854) American composer; "The Stars and Stripes Forever"; "Semper Fidelis"; "The Liberty Bell"; "The Thunderer"; "The Washington Post"

Rudolf Otto (1937; born September 25, 1869) German theologian and religious scholar whose best-known work was The Idea of the Holy

Pearl S. Buck (1973; born June 26, 1892) American writer and novelist who grew up in China; The House of Earth series: The Good Earth; Sons; A House Divided; China Sky; Peony; The Big Wave; Pulitzer Prize (1932); Nobel Prize in Literature (1938)

Ayn Rand (1982; born February 2, 1905) Russian-American novelist, philosopher, and playwright; The Fountainhead; Atlas Shrugged

Georgia O'Keeffe (1986; born November 15, 1887) American artist; inspired by flowers and plants: Petunia No. 2; Black Iris; Oriental Poppies; Jimson Weed, White Flower No. 1; Blue and Green Music; New York cityscapes: City Night; Shelton Hotel, New York No. 1; Radiator Bldg--Night, New York; New Mexico: Black Cross, New Mexico; Cow's Skull: Red, White and Blue; Ram's Head, White Hollyhock-Hills; Summer Days

Bonus Classic:

Liu Kezhuang (1187–1269) Chinese poet; edited Poems by a Thousand Masters

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