Classics Calendar for March 23

Pierre-Simon Laplace is said to have bantered
with Napoleon (shown) about the existence of God.

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Pierre-Simon Laplace (1749; died March 5, 1827) French astronomer and mathematician; Celestial Mechanics

Kurosawa Akira (1910; died September 6, 1998) Japanese filmmaker known for Rashomon; Ikiru; Seven Samurai; Yojimbo; Kagemusha; and Ran.

Died on this day:

Saigyo Hoshi (1190; born Unknown Date, 1118) Japanese monk poet who wrote Sankashu (Mountain Home Collection)

Stendhal (1842; born January 23, 1783) French novelist; Le Rouge et le Noir (The Red and the Black); La Chartreuse de Parme (The Charterhouse of Parma)

Bonus Classic:

Su Xun (1009-1066) Chinese writer; father of Su Dongpo, and one of "Eight Great Prose Masters of the Tang and Song"

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