Classics Calendar for May 13

Poster for Fiddler on the Roof, based on Sholem
Aleichem's stories of Tevye the Dairyman

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Alphonse Daudet (1840; died December 16, 1897) French novelist, short story writer, playwright, and poet best known for short stories, including those in Letters From My Windmill; the boffo novel Fromont Junior and Risler Senior; and the Tarscon novels, including Tartarin of Tarascon

Arthur Sullivan (1842; died November 22, 1900) English composer; with W. S. Gilbert H.M.S. Pinafore; Pirates of Penzance; The Mikado.

Georges Braque (1882; died August 31, 1963) French painter who co-founded Cubism (with Picasso)

Died on this day:

Sholem Aleichem (1916; born March 2, 1859) Russian/Ukrainian author and playwright; stories of Tevye the Dairyman: Tevye's Daughter; Adventures of Mottel; The Old Country

R. K. Narayan (2001; born October 10, 1906) Indian writer who wrote novels Swami and Friends; The English Teacher; Waiting for the Mahatma; The Guide; The Man-Eater of Malgudi; The Vendor of Sweets; A Tiger for Malgudi; short story collections Lawley Road; A Horse and Two Goats and Other Stories; Under the Banyan Tree and Other Stories; The Grandmother’s Tale; versions of The Ramayana and The Mahabharata

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