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").
- 1605-01-16 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
- "No fathers or mothers think their own children ugly; and this self-deceit is yet stronger with respect to the offspring of the mind."