Classics Calendar for February 29

William Tell prepares to shoot an apple from
his son's head in a 1554 illustration of the
story that inspired Gioachino Rossini's opera

Here are today's milestones:

Born this on day:

Gioacchino Rossini (1792; died November 13, 1868) Italian composer; Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville); La Cenerentola (Cinderella); Guillaume Tell (William Tell); Otello (Othello)

Howard Nemerov (1920; died July 5, 1991) American poet; The Collected Poems of Howard Nemerov; twice Poet Laureate of the USA (1963-1964 and 1988-1990); Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (1978)

Died this on day:

Ina Donna Coolbrith (1928; born March 10, 1841) American poet and writer; "The Mother's Grief"; "When the Grass Shall Cover Me"; "Copa De Oro (California Poppy)"

Bonus Classic:

Hitopadesha (800-950) Indian fables, attributed to a "Narayana," who is otherwise unknown

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