Classics Calendar for January 26

Edward Jenner vaccinates young James Phipps in 1796

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Philip José Farmer (1918; died February 25, 2009) American author of science fiction; the World of Tiers and Riverworld series

Died on this day:

Edward Jenner (1823; born May 17, 1749) English scientist; documents on development of the smallpox vaccination

Harold Brodkey (1996; born October 25, 1930) American short-story writer and novelist known for Stories in an Almost Classical Mode (stories); The Runaway Soul (novel); and This Wild Darkness: The Story of My Death (non-fiction).

A. E. van Vogt (2000; born April 26, 1912) Canadian author of science fiction; best-known for the novel Slan; short stories "The Silkie"; "The Weapon Shop"; "Black Destroyer"

Bonus Classic:

Ogura Hyakunin Isshu (13th century) Japanese poetry collection with 100 poems by 100 poets

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