Classics Calendar for April 23

Turner's Landing with the Ashes of Germanicus

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

J. M. W. Turner (1775; died December 19, 1851) English painter; Dido building Carthage; Snow Storm; The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons; Modern Rome-Campo Vaccino; Agrippina Landing with the Ashes of Germanicus; Sunrise with Sea Monsters

Wei Yuan (1794; died August 26, 1856) Chinese scholar; Haiguo Tuzhi (Illustrated Treatise on the Maritime Kingdoms)

Ruggero Leoncavallo (1857; died August 9, 1919) Italian composer; Pagliacci

Max Planck (1858; died October 4, 1947) German physicist who wrote Eight Lectures on Theoretical Physics; Where Is Science Going?; Scientific Autobiography and other papers; The Origin and Development of the Quantum Theory; Nobel Prize in Physics in 1918

Sergei Prokofiev (1891; died March 5, 1953) 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

Died on this day:

Miguel de Cervantes (1616; born September 29, 1547) Spanish novelist, poet, and playwright; The History of Don Quixote de la Mancha

William Shakespeare (1616; baptized April 26, 1564) pre-eminent English playwright and poet; Hamlet; King Lear; Macbeth; The Tempest

William Wordsworth (1850; born April 7, 1770) English poet; Lyrical Ballads; Poems in Two Volumes; The Excursion; The Prelude; I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud

Charles Warren Stoddard (1909; born August 7, 1843) American author and editor; South-Sea Idyls; Over the Rocky Mountains to Alaska; In the Footprints of the Padres; Summer Cruising in the South Seas

Otto Preminger (1986; born December 5, 1905) Austrian American filmmaker; Laura; Fallen Angel; The Man with the Golden Arm; Anatomy of a Murder; Exodus; Advise and Consent; The Cardinal

P. L. Travers (1996; born August 9, 1899) Australian-born British novelist and children's writer; the "Mary Poppins" series; spiritual writings

Bonus Classic:

Plautus (c. 254-184) Roman comic playwright known for Menaechmi (The Brothers Menaechmus or The Two Menaechmuses]; Captivi (The Captives or The Prisoners)

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