Classics Calendar for September 26

Cover of a 1956 release of a 1951 "full" recording
(two hours and nine minutes) of
George Gershwin's opera Porgy and Bess

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Francis of Assisi (1182; died October 3, 1226) Italian friar and preacher; Regula non bullata (the Earlier Rule) and Regula bullata (the Later Rule); Testament; Admonitions; letters and prayers, including the "Canticum Fratris Solis" ("Canticle of Brother Sun")

Ivan Pavlov (1849; died February 27, 1936) Russian physiologist who wrote Conditioned Reflexes; Psychopathology and Psychiatry; Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (1904)

T. S. Eliot (1888; died January 4, 1965) American-British poet, essayist, publisher, playwright, and critic best known for poems such as The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock; The Waste Land; and Four Quartets

J. Frank Dobie (1888; died September 18, 1964) American folklorist known for Coronado's Children

Martin Heidegger (1889; died May 26, 1976) German philosopher who wrote Being and Time

George Gershwin (1898; died July 11, 1937) American composer who wrote "Someone to Watch Over Me"; "I've Got a Crush on You"; "Embraceable You"; Porgy and Bess; Rhapsody in Blue; An American in Paris

Died on this day:

Gong Zizhen (1841; born August 22, 1792) Chinese poet; Jihai Zashi (Miscellaneous Poems in the Year of Ji Hai)

Lafcadio Hearn (1904; born June 27, 1850) In Japan: Kwaidan; Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan; Kokoro; Gleanings in Buddha-Fields; In Ghostly Japan. New Orleans work includes: Gombo Zhèbes: Little Dictionary of Creole Proverbs; La Cuisine Créole; Chita: A Memory of Last Island

William Strunk, Jr. (1946; born July 1, 1869) American educator and original author of The Elements of Style

Hugh Lofting (1947; born January 14, 1886) British author who wrote The Story of Doctor Dolittle and its sequels; The Story of Mrs Tubbs and Tommy, Tilly, and Mrs. Tubbs; Porridge Poetry; Noisy Nora; The Twilight of Magic; and Victory for the Slain (for adults)

George Santayana (1952; born December 16, 1863) Spanish-American philosopher, essayist, poet, and novelist who wrote The Sense of Beauty; The Life of Reason; Scepticism and Animal Faith; The Realms of Being; The Last Puritan

C. H. Waddington (1975; born November 8, 1905) British biologist and philosopher who wrote The Scientific Attitude

Bonus Classic:

Thucydides (c. 460-c. 400 BCE) Greek historian who wrote The History of the Peloponnesian War

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