Classics Calendar for April 14

Handel (gesturing) and King George I (under canopy)
during the premier of Handel's Water Music

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Averroes (1126; died December 10, 1198) Andalusian polymath; Tahafut al-tahafut (The Incoherence of the Incoherence); Kitab fasl al-maqal (The Harmony of Religion and Philosophy)

Christiaan Huygens (1629; died July 8, 1695) Dutch mathematician and scientist known as an astronomer and physicist, among other things. He discovered Saturn's moon, Titan, and invented the pendulum clock. He was a proponent of the wave theory of light, and the Treatise on Light is one of his major works.

Died on this day:

George Frederick Handel (1759; born February 23, 1685) German/British composer; Water Music; Music for the Royal Fireworks; Messiah

Rachel Carson (1964; born May 27, 1907) American biologist; The Sea Around Us; The Edge of the Sea; Silent Spring

Simone de Beauvoir (1986; born January 9, 1908) French novelist and philosopher; She Came to Stay; The Second Sex; Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter

Bonus Classic:

Yuan Mei (1716-1797) Chinese author; Zibuyu (What the Master Would Not Discuss), ghost stories; Suiyuan Shidan (Recipes from Sui Garden), a cookbook

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