Classics Calendar for June 28

Gene Wilder and Peter Boyle as Victor and his monster
in the Mel Brooks comedy Young Frankenstein

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Peter Paul Rubens (1577; died May 30, 1640) Flemish painter; Samson and Delilah; The Descent from the Cross; The Assumption of the Virgin Mary; The Rape of the Daughters of Leucippus; Massacre of the Innocents; Horror of War; Susanna and the Elders; The Three Graces; hundreds more

Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712; died July 2, 1778) Swiss ("Genevan") philosopher; Émile, or Treatise on Education (includes "Profession of Faith of a Savoyard Vicar"); Confessions; Social Contract; A Discourse on the Origin of Inequality

Luigi Pirandello (1867; died December 10, 1936) Italian dramatist, novelist, poet and short story writer; The Late Mattia Pascal; Six Characters in Search of an Author; Henry IV; One, No One and One Hundred Thousand; Nobel Prize in Literature (1934)

Mel Brooks (1926) American filmmaker; The Producers; Blazing Saddles; Young Frankenstein; Silent Movie; High Anxiety; History of the World, Part I; Robin Hood: Men in Tights

Died on this day:

Harry Leon Wilson (1939; born May 1, 1867) American novelist; Merton of the Movies; Ruggles of Red Gap

Ross Santee (1965; born August 16, 1888) American writer and illustrator; Lost Pony Tracks; Cowboy

Harlan Ellison (2018; born May 27, 1934) American author of science fiction; A Boy and His Dog; I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream; "Repent, Harlequin!" Said the Ticktockman

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