Classics Calendar for May 18

Good ol' George Bailey in Frank
Capra's It's a Wonderful Life

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Omar Khayyam (1048; died December 4, 1131) Persian poet and scientist; The Rubaiyat (Quatrains)

Bertrand Russell (1872; died February 2, 1970) British philosopher, mathematician, historian, and activist; Principia Mathematica (with Alfred North Whitehead); "On Denoting"; The Problems of Philosophy; Mysticism and Logic and Other Essays; What I Believe; Why I Am Not a Christian; A History of Western Philosophy; Nobel Prize in Literature (1950)

Frank Capra (1897; died September 3, 1991) Italian-American film director, producer and writer known for Oscar-winning films like It Happened One Night, You Can't Take It With You, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, It's a Wonderful Life.

Meredith Willson (1902; died June 15, 1984) American composer; The Music Man

Shunryu Suzuki (1904; died December 4, 1971) Japanese Buddhist monk; Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

Died on this day:

Gustav Mahler (1911; born July 7, 1860) Austrian composer; Das Lied von der Erde; nine complete symphonies

William Saroyan (1981; born August 31, 1908) American author of drama (The Time of Your Life--Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1940), novels (The Human Comedy), short stories

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