Classics Calendar for April 8

One of Picasso's many drawings of doves

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

J. Smeaton Chase (1864; died March 29, 1923) English-born American author; California Coast Trails; California Desert Trails; The Penance of Magdalena: and Other Tales of the California Missions

Barbara Kingsolver (1955) American novelist, essayist and poet; The Poisonwood Bible; Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

Died on this day:

Gaetano Donizetti (1848; born November 29, 1797) Italian composer; Lucia di Lammermoor

Pablo Picasso (1973; born October 25, 1881) Spanish painter, multi-faceted artist, poet, and playwright; Guernica; Dove; Head of a Woman; Head of a Bull, Metamorphosis

Bonus Classic:

Plato (428/427 or 424/423-348/347) Greek philosopher known for dialogues featuring Socrates: Apology; Crito; Phaedo, approximately 30 in all

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