Classics Calendar for April 29

Cassim in the cave from "Ali Baba and the
Forty Thieves" from the One Thousand and
One Nights; painting by Maxfield Parrish

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Henri Poincaré (1854; died July 17, 1912) French mathematician and philosopher of science; Science and Hypothesis; The Value of Science; Science and Method; "The Future of Mathematics"

Duke Ellington (1899; died May 24, 1974) American jazz composer and performer; "Take the "A" Train"; "In a Sentimental Mood"; "Mood Indigo"; "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)"; "Cocktails for Two"; "Black and Tan Fantasy"; " Solitude"; multiple Grammys

Died on this day:

Catherine of Siena (1380; born March 25, 1347) Italian philosopher, theologian, and saint; The Dialogue of Divine Providence; letters

Ludwig Wittgenstein (1951; born April 26, 1889) Austrian-British philosopher; Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus; Philosophical Investigations

Alfred Hitchcock (1980; born August 13, 1899) English-American filmmaker; Notorious; Rear Window; Vertigo; North by Northwest; Psycho; numerous Academy Awards

Born AND Died on this day (!)

C. P. Cavafy (born 1863; died 1933) Egyptian Greek poet and journalist best known for Ithaca

Bonus Classic:

One Thousand and One Nights (12th century) story collection that may have started in India, then travelled through Persia into Arabic-speaking lands. It has taken many forms, throughout centuries, but this date is as good as any.

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