Full Name: Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Why Famous: Author of "Don Quixote", considered to be the first modern European novel and a classic of Western literature. It is regarded amongst the best works of fiction ever written.
His influence on the Spanish language has been so great that the language is often called la lengua de Cervantes ("the language of Cervantes").
- 1605-01-06 The first edition of El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha (Book One of Don Quixote) by Miguel de Cervantes is published in Madrid.