John Steinbeck, who wrote a little book called Of Mice and Men you might have heard of, and another one called The Grapes of Wrath which may or may not sound familiar, among many others, was born this very day in 1902. For his great body of work, Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize in 1962 — the same year as the great Russian scientist Lev Davidovich Landau (though not for the same thing — Landau won for his work developing the theory of superfluidity; Steinbeck won for literature).
Many works by Steinbeck have been made into films. This probably comes as a great surprise to many of you, but I swear it is true. In fact, the original adaptations of The Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men are considered among the greatest of all American films.
Unfortunately, I could not find a suitable clip from either of them on YouTube. So instead, here is a scene of Gary Sinise (who most of you will recognize as the leader of the world famous Lt. Dan Band, but who is actually an actor of some repute) shooting John Malkovich in the head: