Monthly Archives: February 2012

February 28: Michel de Montaigne (1533)

It was on this date, February 28, 1533, that French essayist Michel de Montaigne was born. As his famous Essays were published, the 1572 St. Bartholomew’s Massacre was a fresh memory in France, so Montaigne professed to be a Catholic.

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February 27: Ernest Renan (1823)

It was on this date, February 27, 1823, that French scholar Joseph Ernest Renan was born. Destined for the priesthood, and having taken minor orders, Renan gave up those studies after reading German philosophy. He remained a Pantheist throughout his

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February 27: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807)

It was on this date, February 27, 1807, that American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was born. He is best known for his poems “The Song of Hiawatha” (1855), “The Courtship of Miles Standish” (1858) and “Paul Revere’s Ride” (1860). Although

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February 26: Victor Hugo (1802)

It was on this date, February 26, 1802, that French Romantic novelist, poet and dramatist Victor-Marie Hugo was born in Besançon, the son of an officer in Napoleon’s army and a Mason. His parents, both atheists, divorced, and Hugo, who

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February 25: “The Passion of the Christ” released (2004)

It was on this date, February 25, is the 7th anniversary of the US release of the 2004 Mel Gibson film, The Passion of the Christ. Although nominated but passed over at the Oscars, for its $30 million budget, the

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February 24: George Moore (1852)

It was on this date, February 24, 1852, that Irish writer George Moore was born George Augustus Moore, to a Roman Catholic family of large land holdings in Moore Hall, near Lough Carra, County Mayo. First intent on becoming a

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February 24: Arrigo Boito (1842)

It was on this date, February 24, 1893, the Italian librettist and composer Arrigo Boito was born. Boito is primarily remembered as librettist for Giuseppe Verdi’s operas “Otello” (1887) and “Falstaff” (1893), and for his own 1868 opera, “Mefistofele.” It

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