August in April

David K. Israel

On this day in 1945, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwrite, August Wilson, was born. He's best remembered for his plays, Fences and The Piano Player -- part of a larger work called The Pittsburgh Cycle, which chronicled the African-American experience in Pittsburgh all through the 20th Century (each play set in a different decade).

Other well-known Augusts in history include:

August Wenzinger - cellist and conductor

August Vollmer - criminologist extraordinaire

Augustus (aka Gaius Octavius, aka Gaius Thurinus) - first Roman emperor

Augustus Gloop - world famous nincompoop