Classics Calendar for January 24

Michael Manocchio as Witwoud and Miles Boucher as Fainall in
William Congreve's The Way of the World produced by The
Hilberry Company at Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

William Congreve (1670; died January 19, 1729) English playwright and poet; Love for Love; The Way of the World

E. T. A. Hoffmann (1776; died June 25, 1822) Prussian author; The Nutcracker and the Mouse King; Die Elixiere des Teufels (The Devil's Elixirs); "Der Sandmann" ("The Sandman")

Edith Wharton (1862; died August 11, 1937) American novelist and short story writer; The House of Mirth; Ethan Frome; The Age of Innocence; Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (1920)

Theodosius Dobzhansky (1900; died December 18, 1975) Russian-American evolutionary biologist who contributed to the "modern synthesis" of Darwin's theory with Gregor Mendel's ideas on heredity; wrote Genetics and the Origin of Species; article "Nothing in Biology Makes Sense except in the Light of Evolution"

Henri Nouwen (1932; died September 21, 1996) Dutch Catholic priest and theologian whose works include The Return of the Prodigal Son; The Wounded Healer; In the Name of Jesus

Died on this day:

Winston Churchill (1965; born November 30, 1874) British statesman, historian, writer, and orator; The Second World War; A History of the English-Speaking Peoples

George Cukor (1983; born July 7, 1899) American filmmaker; The Philadelphia Story; Gaslight; Adam's Rib; A Star Is Born; My Fair Lady (for which he won an Oscar)

Bonus Classic:

Yunus Emre (1238-1320) Turkish poet and Sufi mystic; mystical poetry

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