Classics Calendar for February 12

Print of the painting Hancock at Gettysburg by Thure
de Thulstrup; Abraham Lincoln's "Gettysburg
Address" was delivered at the dedication of a
cemetery for Union soldiers killed in the battle.

Here are today's milestones:

Born this on day:

Thomas Campion (1567; died March 1, 1620) English poet and composer; numerous "ayres" (art songs)

Cotton Mather (1663; died February 13, 1728) American Puritan minister, author, and pamphleteer who contributed to the hysteria of the Salem Witch Trials; wrote Boston Ephermeris; The Biblia Americana; Pillars of Salt; Magnalia Christi Americana; The Christian Philosopher

Abraham Lincoln (1809; died April 15, 1865) American president; "House Divided" speech; "First Inaugural Address"; "The Gettysburg Address"; "Second Inaugural Address"

Charles Darwin (1809; died April 19, 1882) English naturalist; The Voyage of the Beagle; The Origin of Species; The Descent of Man

Judy Blume (1938) American author of children's literature; Tiger Eyes; Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret; Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

Died this on day:

Brother Lawrence (1691; born Unknown Date, 1614) French Carmelite lay brother; The Practice of the Presence of God

Immanuel Kant (1804; born April 22, 1724) German philosopher; Kritik der reinen Vernunft (Critique of Pure Reason); Kritik der praktischen Vernunft (Critique of Practical Reason); Die Metaphysik der Sitten (The Metaphysics of Morals); Kritik der Urteilskraft (Critique of Judgment)

Jean Renoir (1979; born September 15, 1894) French filmmaker known for La Grande Illusion; The Rules of the Game

Julio Cortázar (1984; born August 26, 1914) Argentine novelist, short story writer, and essayist known for Hopscotch; All Fires the Fire; Blow-up and Other Stories

Bonus Classic:

Fran├žois Villon (c. 1431-c. 1463) French poet; Le Grand Testament; Le Lais

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