On this date in 1828, Henrik Ibsen was born in Norway. The playwright, a social critic who in his later years pioneered realist drama, produced a roster of literary classics. His plays include "Brand" (1866), "Peer Gynt" (1867), "A Doll's House" (1879), "Enemy of the People" (1882), and "Hedda Gabler" (1890). Reportedly becoming freethinker as a teenager, Ibsen was later influenced by Georg Brandes and became a more passionate unbeliever, penning "The Emperor and the Galilaean" (1873). Its disillusioned protagonist sets out to overthrow Christianity. Ibsen once wrote: "With pleasure I will torpedo the ark." D. 1906.