Classics Calendar for March 21

"Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks" is one of
the pictures that inspired sections of
Modest Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685; died July 28, 1750) German composer; The Brandenburg Concertos; The Goldberg Variations; St. Matthew Passion; The Well-Tempered Clavier

Joseph Fourier (1768; died May 16, 1830) French mathematician and physicist; Théorie analytique de la chaleur (The Analytic Theory of Heat)

Modest Mussorgsky (1839; died March 28, 1881) Russian composer; Boris Godunov; Night on Bald Mountain; Pictures at an Exhibition

Died on this day:

Benedict of Nursia (543 or 547; born 480) Italian saint and religious founder; The Rule of St. Benedict

Thomas Cranmer (1556; born July 2, 1489) English reformer and Archbishop (of Canterbury); The Book of Common Prayer

Chinua Achebe (2013; born November 16, 1930) Nigerian novelist, poet, and critic; The "African Trilogy", (Things Fall Apart; No Longer at Ease; Arrow of God); A Man of the People; Anthills of the Savannah

Bonus Classic:

Su Song (1020-1101) Chinese scientist; Xinyi Xiangfayao (Essentials of a New Method for Mechanizing the Rotation of an Armillary Sphere and a Celestial Globe)

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