Apr. 16 in the Classics: Alexis de Tocqueville dies of tuberculosis in Cannes, France in 1859.
Apr. 15 in the Classics: Samuel Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language is published in 1755. It would remain the pre-eminent English dictionary until the completion of the Oxford English Dictionary in 1928.
Apr. 14 in the Classics: Leonardo ds Vinci is born in Vinci, Republic of Florence (modern-day Italy) in 1452. His grandfather recorded the time as 3 hours into the night on April 15, but this was based on the change of day being at sunset, not midnight.
Apr. 13 in the Classics: The United States Postal Service releases a 29¢ postage stamp featuring Thomas Jefferson in 1993 as part of their Great Americans series.
Apr. 12 in the Classics: Gustave Flaubert travels to Tunisia in 1858 to begin research for what will become his historical novel Salammbô.
Apr. 11 in the Classics: A revival production of Henrik Ibsen's Peer Gynt, staged by National Theater of Bergen and the Norwegian Theatre of Oslo, opens at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Howard Gilman Opera House in 2006.
Apr. 10 in the Classics: Franz Kafka enters a sanatorium in 1924 for treatment for laryngeal tuberculosis, a condition which made it very painful to eat. He began writing "A Hunger Artist" about this time, and was editing it on his deathbed.
Apr. 9 in the Classics: Aldous Huxley receives word in 1962 that he has been elected Companion of Literature by Britain's Royal Society of Literature.
Apr. 8 in the Classics: The full-length ballet The Snow Queen, based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, is premiered by Oregon's Eugene Ballet in 2017.
Apr. 7 in the Classics: The events of the first part of William Faulkner's novel The Sound and the Fury take place entirely on this date in 1928.
Apr. 6 in the Classics: The 1940 film The Grapes of Wrath (based on the John Steinbeck novel) is released on DVD by 20th Century Fox in 2004; the DVD included a commentary track and several supplements.
Apr. 5 in the Classics: The off-Broadway musical "Jo", adapted from Louisa May Alcott's novel Little Women, finishes its 63-performance run at New York's Orpheum Theatre in 1964.
Apr. 4 in the Classics: Francesco Petrarch makes out his will in 1370, four years before his death. Notably absent from it is any mention of his library, which was seized by the Italian commune of Padua (where he was residing) after his death.
Apr. 3 in the Classics: The original manuscript of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures Under-Ground, handwritten and illustrated by Carroll as a present for Alice Liddell, sells at auction at Sotheby's for £15,400 in 1928 (equal to about £990,000 in 2020).
Apr. 2 in the Classics: Wanting to more fully concentrate on his writing, George Orwell moves into a small cottage in Wallington, Hertfordshire, England in 1936. He began work on his book The Road to Wigan Pier there; it was published the following year.
Apr. 1 in the Classics: Edward Gibbon writes in 1776 of Adam Smith's The Wealth of Nations: "an excellent work ... An extensive science in a single book, and the most profound ideas expressed in the most perspicuous language." ,
Mar. 31 in the Classics: René Descartes is born in La Haye en Touraine, Kingdom of France in 1596.
Mar. 30 in the Classics: Asteroid 1999 EK3 is given the permanent name "(29829) Engels" (in honor of philosopher Friedrich Engels) by the Minor Planet Center in 2010.
Mar. 29 in the Classics: A jewel-encrusted copy of the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám is won at auction at Sotheby's in London in 1912 for £405 (equivalent to almost $55,000 in 2021). It was lost three weeks later in the sinking of the Titanic.
Mar. 28 in the Classics: Elizabeth Kolbert, reviewing the TV miniseries Middlemarch (based on the George Eliot novel) in The New York Times in 1994, writes that it "mesmerized millions of viewers here, setting off a mini-craze for Victorian fiction."