Classics Calendar for July 31

The inspiration for Primo Levi's book of stories, The Periodic Table

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Friedrich Wohler (1800; died September 23, 1882) German chemist who wrote Hand-book of mineral analysis; Wöhler's Outlines of Organic Chemistry

Premchand (1880; died October 8, 1936) Indian novelist, short story writer, and dramatist; Nirmala; Karmabhoomi; Godaan; Bazaar-e-Husn; Shatranj ke khiladi; Gaban; short stories

Primo Levi (1919; died April 11, 1987) Italian novelist, short story writer, essayist, and poet; If This Is a Man (U.S. title: Survival in Auschwitz); The Periodic Table

Died on this day:

Ignatius of Loyola (1556; born October 23, 1491) Spanish theologian and religious founder; Autobiography; Spiritual Exercises

Denis Diderot (1784; born October 5, 1713) French philosopher who compiled the Encyclopédie (with Jean le Rond d'Alembert); Jacques the Fatalist; Rameau's Nephew; D'Alembert's Dream

Franz Liszt (1886; born October 22, 1811) Hungarian composer; twenty Hungarian rhapsodies; symphonic poems

Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1944; born June 29, 1900) French writer and poet; The Little Prince; Wind, Sand and Stars; Night Flight

Gore Vidal (2012; born October 3, 1925) American novelist, essayist, and dramatist who wrote The City and the Pillar; Julian; Myra Breckinridge; Burr; Lincoln

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