Classics Calendar for April 4

Cary Grant plays an angel in The Bishop's Wife,
from a screenplay by Robert E. Sherwood

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Futabatei Shimei (1864; died May 10, 1909) Japanese author and critic; Ukigumo (Drifting Clouds)

Robert E. Sherwood (1896; died November 14, 1955) American playwright and screenwriter; Waterloo Bridge; Idiot's Delight; Abe Lincoln in Illinois; Rebecca; There Shall Be No Night; The Best Years of Our Lives; The Bishop's Wife; Pulitzer Prize for Drama (1936, 1939, 1941); Academy Award for Best Screenplay (1947); Pulitzer Prize for Biography (1948)

Marguerite Duras (1914; died March 3, 1996) French novelist, playwright, and essayist; L'Amant (The Lover); film Hiroshima mon amour

Maya Angelou (1928; died May 28, 2014) American poet, memoirist, and activist; I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings; On the Pulse of Morning

James Wilcox (1949) American novelist; Modern Baptists

Died on this day:

Ambrose of Milan (397; born Unknown Date) Roman Bishop (of Milan) and Church Father; Biblical commentaries, hymns, and ethical works

Isidore of Seville (636; born Unknown Date, 560) Hispano-Roman Archbishop and the "last of the Church Fathers"; Etymologiae (The Etymologies); De fide catholica contra Iudaeos (On the Catholic faith against the Jews); Historia de regibus Gothorum, Vandalorum et Suevorum (History of the Kings of the Goths, Vandals and Suevi)

Oliver Goldsmith (1774; born November 10, 1728) Irish novelist, playwright, and poet; The Vicar of Wakefield; She Stoops to Conquer; The Deserted Village

Harris Newmark (1916; born July 5, 1834) Prussian-American businessman and historian; Sixty Years in Southern California: 1853-1913

Martin Luther King, Jr. (1968; born January 15, 1929) American minister and activist; Stride Toward Freedom; Why We Can't Wait; The Autobiography of Martin Luther King Jr.; "I Have a Dream" and "I've Been to the Mountaintop" (speeches); Nobel Peace Prize (1964)

Bonus Classic:

The Pali Canon (c. 29 CE) primary texts of Theravada Buddhism, comprised of the Vinaya Pitaka, the Sutta Pitaka, and the Abhidhamma Pitaka

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