Classics Calendar for April 6

Albrecht Durer's Knight, Death, and the Devil

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

William L. Manly (1820; died February 5, 1903) American pioneer; Death Valley in '49

Lincoln Steffens (1866; died August 9, 1936) American writer; The Shame of the Cities; Boy on Horseback (part of his Autobiography)

James Watson (1928) American biologist; The Double Helix; Avoid Boring People: Lessons from a Life in Science; Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (1962)

Died on this day:

Albrecht Durer (1528; born May 21, 1471) German printmaker and painter; Knight, Death, and the Devil; St. Jerome in His Study; Melencolia I

Alexander Kielland (1906; born February 18, 1849) Norwegian writer of short stories, plays, essays, novels, including Skipper Worse; with Ibsen, Lie, and Bjørnson, one of Norway's "Four Greats."

Edwin Arlington Robinson (1935; born December 22, 1869) American poet; three Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry: Collected Poems (1922); The Man Who Died Twice (1925); Tristram (1928)

Igor Stravinsky (1971; born June 17, 1882) Russian composer; L'Oiseau de feu (The Firebird); Petrushka; Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring)

Isaac Asimov (1992; born January 2, 1920) American author of science fiction; the Foundation Series; the Galactic Empire series; the Robot series; "Nightfall"; essay collections

Bonus Classic:

Patanjali (around 400 CE) Indian sage who wrote The Yoga Sutras

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