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january
mindy Mindy Rosenblatt
January 21, 1953
(2011)
artist: Brooke Joseph

Theodor Heuss
January 31, 1884
(2009)

 

He was the first person elected to a regular term as President of the Federal Republic of Germany

february

darwin

Charles Darwin
February 12, 1809
200th birthday
(2009)

English naturalist who realised and presented compelling evidence that all species of life have evolved over time from common ancestors, through the process he called natural selection. The fact that evolution occurs became accepted by the scientific community and much of the general public in his lifetime.

march
Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente

March 14, 1928
(2010)
A Spanish broadcaster and naturalist. He is best known for the highly successful and influential series El Hombre y la Tierra. Degree in medicine and self-taught in biology, was a multifaceted charismatic figure whose influence has endured despite the passing years. His knowledge covered areas such as falconry and ethology, emphasizing the study and living with wolves.
Sabiha Gökçen
Turkey
March 22, 1913
(2009)
the first female combat pilot in the world
Houdini Harry Houdini
March 24, 1874
(2011)
a Hungarian-born American magician and escapologist, stunt performer, actor and film producer noted for his sensational escape acts.

april
tomitaro

Tomitaro Makino
April 24, 1862
(2009)

Pioneer Japanese botanist noted for his taxonomic work. His research resulted in documenting 50,000 specimens, many of which are represented in his Makino's Illustrated Flora of Japan
Samuel Morse Samuel Morse
Apr 27, 1791
(2009)
American creator of a single-wire telegraph system and Morse code and (less notably) a painter of historic scenes.

may
Martha Graham
May 11, 1894
(2011)

an American dancer & choreographer of modern dance, whose influence on dance has been compared with the influence Stravinsky had on music, Picasso had on the visual arts, or Frank Lloyd Wright had on architecture. Graham invented a new language of movement, and used it to reveal the passion, the rage and the ecstasy common to human experience. She danced and choreographed for over seventy years.

Florence Nightingale
May 12, 1820
(2008)

English nurse, writer and statistician. She came to prominence during the Crimean War for her pioneering work in nursing, and was dubbed "The Lady with the Lamp" after her habit of making rounds at night to tend injured soldiers.

Ibn Khaldun
May 27, 1332
(2011)
an Arab historiographer and historian born in North Africa in present-day Tunisia and is sometimes viewed as one of the forerunners of modern historiography, sociology and economics

june

july

august
bournonville August Bournonville
August 21, 1805
(2010)
a Danish ballet master and choreographer. Following studies in Paris as a young man, August became solo dancer at the Royal Ballet in Copenhagen. From 1830 to 1877 he was choreographer for the Royal Danish Ballet, for which he created more than 50 ballets admired for their exuberance, lightness, and beauty. He created a style which, although influenced from the Paris ballet, is entirely his own.
Bournonville's work became known outside Denmark only after WWII. Since 1950, The Royal Ballet has several times made prolonged tours abroad, not the least to the United States, where they have performed his ballets.

september
rumi Jalal ad-Din Rumi
September 30, 1207
(2008)
Persian poet, jurist, theologian, and mystic.
ivan Ivan Kostoylevsky
September 20,
(2009)
yes, there's a prize for anyone who can say who this guy is!
Confusius Confucius
September 28, 551
(2009)
Chinese thinker and social philosopher, whose teachings and philosophy have deeply influenced Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Vietnamese thought and life. His philosophy emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice and sincerity.

october
L'udovit Stur
October 29, 1815
(2008)
Leader of the Slovak national revival in the 19th century, the author of the Slovak language standard eventually leading to the contemporary Slovak literary language. Stur was an organizer of the Slovak volunteer campaigns during the 1848 Revolution in the Kingdom of Hungary.
gandhi Gandhi
October 2, 1944
(2009)
pre-eminent political and spiritual leader of India during the Indian independence movement. He was the pioneer of satyagraha—resistance to tyranny through mass civil disobedience, firmly founded upon ahimsa or total nonviolence—which led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world.

november
     

december
Evelyn Jacob Evelyn Jacob
December 7, 1949
(2009)

Renaissance Woman Extraordinaire turns 60!

Lover of life, Peapod, Nourisher, Creative Artist, Gardener, Cook, Author, Publisher, Trader, Meditator, Mother, Wife.

Founder of Esperanto LL Zamenhof
December 15,
(2009)
Founder of Esperanto, the most widely spoken constructed international auxiliary language