Classics Calendar for June 19

An effigy of Dr. Jose Rizal in the ruins of the
cell out of which was smuggled his last-known
writing, "Mi Último Adiós" ("My Last Farewell").

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Blaise Pascal (1623; died August 19, 1662) French mathematician and Christian philosopher; Pensées (Thoughts); Lettres Provinciales (The Provincial Letters)

Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834; died January 31, 1892) British baptist preacher; The Wordless Book

Jose Rizal (1861; died December 30, 1896) Filipino activist and polymath; Noli Me Tángere; El Filibusterismo; "Mi último adios"

Dazai Osamu (1909; died June 13, 1948) Japanese novelist and short story writer; Shayo (The Setting Sun); No Longer Human (Ningen Shikkaku)

Tobias Wolff (1945- ) American short story writer, memoirist, and novelist; memoirs This Boy's Life; In Pharaoh's Army; novels Ugly Rumours; The Barracks Thief; Old School

Salman Rushdie (1947- ) British Kashmiri novelist and essayist; Midnight's Children; The Satanic Verses; children's books: Haroun and the Sea of Stories; Luka and the Fire of Life

Died on this day:

J. M. Barrie (1937; born May 9, 1860) Scottish novelist and playwright; Peter Pan; The Little White Bird; plays The Admirable Crichton; What Every Woman Knows;

William Golding (1993; born September 19, 1911) British novelist, playwright, and poet known for novel Lord of the Flies; Nobel Prize in Literature (1983)

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