Classics Calendar for July 4

Cover of a 1904 journal, "Le Petit Parisien,"
showing "Mr. and Mrs. Curie in their laboratory"

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Takizawa Bakin (1767; died December 1, 1848) Japanese author; Nanso Satomi Hakkenden (The Chronicles of the Eight Dog Heroes of the Satomi Clan of Nanso); Chinsetsu Yumiharizuki (Strange Tales of the Crescent Moon)

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804; died May 19, 1864) American writer; The Scarlet Letter; The House of the Seven Gables; short stories ("The Minister's Black Veil"; "Young Goodman Brown"; "Rappaccini's Daughter"; "My Kinsman, Major Molineux"; etc.)

Died on this day:

Samuel Richardson (1761; born August 19, 1689) English writer; Pamela; Clarissa; Sir Charles Grandison

John Adams (1826; born October 30, 1735) American lawyer, author, President; The Works of John Adams

Thomas Jefferson (1826; born April 13, 1743) American statesman; The Declaration of Independence; Notes on the State of Virginia; The Jefferson Bible

Theodor Storm (1888; born September 14, 1817) German writer whose most popular novellas were Immensee, The Rider on the White Horse, and Paul the Puppeteer

Marie Curie (1934; born November 7, 1867) Polish-French scientist; The Discovery of Radium; Pierre Curie

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