Classics Calendar for May 31

Walt Whitman, from the frontispiece
to the first edition of Leaves of Grass

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Walt Whitman (1819; died March 26, 1892) American poet and writer; Leaves of Grass

Huston Smith (1919; died December 30, 2016) American religious studies scholar; The World's Religions; Why Religion Matters; The Wisdom of Faith with Bill Moyers

Clint Eastwood (1930) American filmmaker; The Outlaw Josey Wales; Pale Rider; Unforgiven; Mystic River; Million Dollar Baby; Letters from Iwo Jima

Died on this day:

Joseph Haydn (1809; born March 31, 1732) Austrian composer; symphonies ("Surprise," "Clock," "London," "Toy"); chamber music; oratorios

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