Classics Calendar for March 5

From Disney's 1946 animated short of
Sergei Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Howard Pyle (1853; died November 9, 1911) American author; The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood; The Story of King Arthur and His Knights; The Story of the Champions of the Round Table; etc.

Frank Norris (1870; died October 25, 1902) American novelist; McTeague; The Octopus: A Story of California; The Pit

Died on this day:

Correggio (1534; born August 1489) Italian painter; Jupiter and Io; Assumption of the Virgin; Mystical Marriage of St. Catherine; The Supper at Emmaus

Pierre-Simon Laplace (1827; born March 23, 1749) French astronomer and mathematician; Celestial Mechanics

Edgar Lee Masters (1950; born August 23, 1868) American poet, biographer, and dramatist; Spoon River Anthology and others

Sergei Prokofiev (1953; born April 23, 1891) Russian composer; The Love for Three Oranges; Lieutenant Kijé; Romeo and Juliet; Alexander Nevsky; Piano Concerto No. 3; Symphony No. 1 ("Classical"); Peter and the Wolf

Bonus Classic:

Sithalai Sathanar (6th century) Tamil poet; Manimekalai (a woman's name) in which Manimekalai, daughter of Cilappatikaram (see Silappatikaram [The Tale of an Anklet] 2nd century), renounces the world to become a Buddhist nun--includes Buddha's life, work and philosophy--one of the three surviving "Five Great Epics of Tamil Literature"

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