Classics Calendar for April 7

El Greco, The Burial of the Count of Orgaz (detail)

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

William Wordsworth (1770; died April 23, 1850) English poet; Lyrical Ballads; Poems in Two Volumes; The Excursion; The Prelude; I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud

William Ellery Channing (1780; died October 2, 1842) Unitarian preacher and theologian who wrote on Slavery and lectured on "On the Elevation of the Laboring Classes"

Gabriela Mistral (1899; died January 10, 1957) Chilean poet, educator, and humanist known for Sonnets of Death, Despair, Tenderness, and Harvesting. Nobel Prize in Literature (1945)

Billie Holiday (1915; died July 17, 1959) American performer (blues singer); "Strange Fruit"

Donald Barthelme (1931; died July 23, 1989) American short story writer and novelist; Sixty Stories; Forty Stories; Snow White; The Dead Father

Francis Ford Coppola (1939) American filmmaker; The Godfather (three parts); The Conversation; Apocalypse Now; Bram Stoker's Dracula; Mary Shelley's Frankenstein; multiple Academy Awards

Died on this day:

El Greco (1614; born Unknown Date, 1541) Greek/Spanish painter; El Expolio; The Assumption of the Virgin; The Burial of the Count of Orgaz; View of Toledo; Opening of the Fifth Seal

P. T. Barnum (1891; born July 5, 1810) American showman; Life of P.T. Barnum; The Humbugs of the World; Struggles and Triumphs; The Art of Money-Getting

Bonus Classic:

Yuanwu Keqin (1063-1135) Chinese Chan (Zen) master who wrote the Blue Cliff Record

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