Classics Calendar for November 9

Reconstruction of the Great Hall of the Library at
Alexandria as seen in the book accompanying Carl Sagan's
groundbreaking TV series, Cosmos: A Personal Voyage

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Carl Sagan (1934; died December 20, 1996) American scientist and author; Cosmos: A Personal Voyage; The Dragons of Eden; Pale Blue Dot; Contact (novel); Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction, (1978)

Ivan Turgenev (1818; died September 3, 1883) Russian novelist, short story writer, and playwright known for the novel Fathers and Sons.

Died on this day:

Howard Pyle (1911; born March 5, 1853) American author; The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood; The Story of King Arthur and His Knights; The Story of the Champions of the Round Table; etc.

Guillaume Apollinaire (1918; born August 26, 1880) French author and poet who wrote Calligrammes

Dylan Thomas (1953; born October 27, 1914) Welsh poet and writer who wrote "Do not go gentle into that good night"; "And death shall have no dominion"; Under Milk Wood; A Child's Christmas in Wales; Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog

Bonus Classic:

Galen (129-c.?200/c.?216) Greek physician; wrote voluminously on medical discoveries during the Roman era

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