El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha

Today in History, January 16, 1605:

El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha, or Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes is first published in Madrid, Spain.

The “ingenious nobleman” would become legend, referenced by some of our favorite authors through the years.

Our hero would also gain his own word, Quixotic.


: foolishly impractical especially in the pursuit of ideals; especially : marked by rash lofty romantic ideas or extravagantly chivalrous action


: capricious, unpredictable