Classics Calendar for July 27

The 88-Temple Pilgrimage on the island
of Shikoku in Japan was inspired by the
life of Kukai (Kobo Daishi),
founder of Shingon Buddhism

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Kukai (794; died April 22, 835) Japanese monk and founder of Shingon Buddhism; fifty religious works, including Attaining Enlightenment in This Very Existence; The Meaning of Sound, Word, Reality; Meanings of the Word Hum

Hilaire Belloc (1870; died July 16, 1953) Anglo-French poet, writer, and historian; Cautionary Tales for Children; The Servile State; Europe and Faith; The Jews

Died on this day:

Gertrude Stein (1946; born February 3, 1874) American novelist, poet, and playwright; The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas; Q.E.D.; Fernhurst; Three Lives; The Making of Americans; Tender Buttons

William Wyler (1981; born July 1, 1902) French-born American filmmaker; Ben-Hur; Roman Holiday; The Best Years of Our Lives; Mrs. Miniver

Sam Shepard (2017; born November 5, 1943) American playwright; Buried Child; A Lie of the Mind; Curse of the Starving Class; Fool for Love; True West; Pulitzer Prize for Drama (1979)

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