Classics Calendar for April 19

Detail of R. T. Pritchett's frontispiece for the
1890 edition of Darwin's The Voyage of the Beagle,
showing the ship in the Straits of Magellan

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Richard Hughes (1900; died April 28, 1976) British poet, short story writer, novelist, and playwright; A High Wind in Jamaica

Died on this day:

George Gordon, Lord Byron (1824; born January 22, 1788) English poet; Don Juan; Childe Harold's Pilgrimage; "She Walks in Beauty"

Charles Darwin (1882; born February 12, 1809) English naturalist; The Voyage of the Beagle; The Origin of Species; The Descent of Man

Charles Sanders Peirce (1914; born September 10, 1839) American philosopher, mathematician, and scientist known for logic, mathematics, philosophy, scientific methodology, and semiotics

Octavio Paz (1998; born March 31, 1914) Mexican poet; Early Poems: 1935–1955; Collected Poems, 1957–1987; The Labyrinth of Solitude; They Shall Not Pass!; The Sun Stone; Nobel Prize in Literature (1990)

J. G. Ballard (2009; born November 15, 1930) English novelist and short story writer (including science fiction), and essayist; The Wind from Nowhere; The Drowned World; Crash; Empire of the Sun; High-Rise

Bonus Classic:

Zhuangzi (c. 4th century BCE) Chinese philosopher who wrote the Zhuangzi, a text from the Warring States period (476-221 BC) with stories depicting the carefree nature of the ideal Daoist sage

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