Classics Calendar for March 3

Jane March as "The Young Girl," standing in for author in the
1984 film version of L'Amant (The Lover) by Marguerite Duras

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Bai Juyi (772; died 846) Chinese poet who wrote about his government career and everyday life

Chief Joseph (1840; died September 21, 1904) Native American leader of the last faction of Nez Perce Indians to live outside of a reservation; His spoken words and writings (like Chief Joseph's Own Story) have led him to seen as a humanitarian and a peacemaker.

Alexander Graham Bell (1847; died August 2, 1922) Scottish-born American scientist; scientific papers, and especially his Notebooks

Died on this day:

William Clifford (1879; born May 4, 1845) English mathematician and philosopher; "The Ethics of Belief"; Seeing and Thinking; The Common Sense of the Exact Sciences

Marguerite Duras (1996; born April 4, 1914) French novelist, playwright, and essayist; L'Amant (The Lover); film Hiroshima mon amour

Bonus Classic:

Ling Mengchu (1580-1644) Chinese writer; Chuke Pai'an Jingqi (Slapping the Table in Amazement)

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