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Edgar Allan Poe – Horror writer and poet

Edgar Allan Poe - Horror writer and poet

Edgar Allan Poe – Horror writer and poet

Edgar Allan Poe is the founder of the genre of the detective fiction. It was he who came up with the main component of a criminal story – the image of a brilliant detective. But he created at least two more genres of literature: fiction story and a horror novel. What we now call Gothic literature.
His life was hard – orphanhood, separation from his beloved sister, cruel guardian, jealousy and betrayal of friends, work for ridiculous fees, the death of his wife, alcoholism, drug addiction, madness… His death was even worse. But it gave special mystique to writer’s gothic. There is written “truthful testimony” that one of the admirers, three years after his death met him and had a long conversation. There are mediums who claim that the spirit of the writer “got in touch and told how he had been buried alive”.
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Viktor Schauberger – inventor and philosopher

Viktor Schauberger – inventor and philosopher

Viktor Schauberger – inventor and philosopher


Viktor Schauberger was a genius, self-taught scientist who tried to unravel the secrets of nature. He knew how to purify water in a natural way and use its power for the benefit of man – as the ancients did.
Viktor Schauberger was born in 1885 in the Austrian outback. He was the fifth of nine children in the family of hereditary foresters and grew up a real son of the forest. As a child, he and his father spent days in the forest. Viktor was in love with the forest. When his father decided to send his son to the university to study forestry, Viktor refused, sincerely believing that the best teacher was the forest itself. Teachers, he thought, would distort his unbiased vision of nature, as happened with his brother. Viktor chose a regular school and learned to be a forester.
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Kristin Scott Thomas – British actress

Kristin Scott Thomas - British actress

Kristin Scott Thomas – British actress


Kristin Scott Thomas is a British actress, nominated for Oscar for the film The English Patient. She is one of the most famous actresses in modern British history. This pretty woman performed many wonderful roles in her career. For many years she has worked with young directors and recognized classics.
Kristin Scott Thomas was born on May 24, 1960 in Redruth, Cornwall, UK. Her father, who served in the British air forces, died when she was only five years old. Then Kristin and four other children of the family were brought up by their mother. Soon their mother remarried, however, the stepfather also died in a plane crash.
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Jean Reno – French actor

Jean Reno - French actor

Jean Reno – French actor


Jean Reno is a French actor of Spanish origin, who began his career in 1979.
Juan Moreno y Herrera Jimenez (his real name) was born on July 30, 1948 in Casablanca. In 1960, Moreno family returned to Europe and settled in France (they had fled to Morocco from Andalusia to escape the regime of General Franco). Jean had to serve in the French army, to obtain citizenship. In 1970, he took acting classes at Rene Simon studio, in 1974 he debuted in TV shows, then on the stage of Ecce Homo and in 1978 in the movie L’Hypothese du tableau vole, but his film career did not develop.
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Ian Stuart Donaldson – founder of Skrewdriver

Ian Stuart Donaldson – founder of Skrewdriver

Ian Stuart Donaldson – founder of Skrewdriver

Ian Stuart Donaldson was a British musician and known supporter of neo-Nazism. He was the founder of the rock group Skrewdriver, influenced the appearance of NS skinheads movement.
Ian Stuart Donaldson was born on August 11, 1957 in Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire. He grew up in Blackpool. In the early seventies, he joined the skinheads. His friend started playing in a local band and Ian decided to create his own band. The first band was called Tumbling Dice and they played mainly cover versions of the Rolling Stones and The Who, but after receiving an invitation from the London Record Studios rest of the band refused to move to the capital, and the group disbanded. In 1976 he formed the group Skrewdriver inspired by the performances of Sex Pistols in Manchester. Initially, the band played punk music, but gradually reoriented to NS skinhead theme.
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Kristen Stewart – American actress

Kristen Stewart - American actress

Kristen Stewart – American actress

Kristen Stewart is an American actress. She is the first actress in history of the country, awarded the French prize Cesar for supporting actress in drama Clouds of Sils Maria (2015). Kristen received wide acclaim for her role as Bella Swan in the film series Twilight.
Kristen Jaymes Stewart was born on April 9, 1990 in Los Angeles, California. Her family briefly moved to Colorado, and then again returned to Los Angeles, where her father, John Stewart, worked as an assistant director, producer and director of numerous shows on Fox. She has a whole elder brother – Cameron Stewart and two foster brothers – Dan and Taylor.
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John Paul Jones – Scottish sailor

John Paul Jones - Scottish sailor

John Paul Jones – Scottish sailor


John Paul Jones was a Scottish sailor who served in the United Kingdom, the United States and Russia. He is most famous for participation in the American Revolutionary War.
Paul Jones was born on July 6, 1747 in Kirkcudbright, Scotland. His father, John Paul Sr., was a gardener, and the mother of the future admiral was Jean Duff. They got married on November 29, 1733 in New Abbey, Kirkcudbright.
John Paul Jr. began naval career at the age of 13 as a cabin boy aboard the Friendship under Captain Benson. The next few years, he sailed on the British merchant ships, including as a third mate in 1764 aboard the King George and the first mate on the Two Friends in 1766.
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Marc Bolan – British singer and songwriter

Marc Bolan - British singer and songwriter

Marc Bolan – British singer and songwriter


Marc Bolan was a British singer, songwriter and guitarist, leader of the band T. Rex. Before long creative activity with T. Rex (1967) he recorded solo singles and collaborated with the band John’s Children.
Mark Feld (his real name) was born on September 30, 1947. He grew up in a simple Jewish family in London. As a child, Mark was fond of early rock ‘n’ roll and at the age of 9 he received his first guitar. Soon he gathered a skiffle group. Even then, Mark was a rebel, and at the age of 14 he was expelled from school. Chuck Berry, Bob Dylan, Cliff Richard and Elvis Presley were among the artists who influenced Bolan. Later Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles and Beach Boys were added to them.
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Robert Bartini – Italian aircraft designer

Robert Bartini - Italian aircraft designer

Robert Bartini – Italian aircraft designer


Aircraft designer Robert Bartini is a mystery man. Until now, it is unclear who he really was: aircraft designer ahead of time, a brilliant self-taught physicist or maybe just an artist with a capital letter? Probably, no one will answer these questions – the archives about Bartini disappeared as mysteriously as he lived himself…
Biography of Bartini is complicated from the very beginning. According to the official version, Robert was an illegitimate son of the Italian count, the vice-governor of the Austrian province, Fiume Lodovico Oros de Bartini. The baby was allegedly given to a count’s gardener, and one day the countess, walking in the garden, noticed the adorable baby, fell in love with him and adopted him. The boy grew up in a happy family without any worries and hassles. Robert had another version, as if he was the legal son of Baron Formah… There is only one discrepancy: neither the Bartini family nor the Formahs ever existed. In general, a mystery covered in darkness…
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Marcus Garvey – black leader

Marcus Garvey – black leader

Marcus Garvey – black leader

Marcus Garvey was the leader of the worldwide movement for the rights of blacks. He was the founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA). He offered new hope for working-class Blacks in the 1920s. Garvey’s clarion call for Black nationalism resonated primarily among lower- and working-class blacks and inspired numerous Black mass-appeal leaders and movements.
Marcus Mosiah Garvey was born on August 17, 1887 in Saint Ann’s Bay, Jamaica, then British colonial possession. He attended school until the age of 14. As a young man, Garvey moved to Kingston, where he worked as a printer and editor. He travelled extensively in the West Indies and Central America and lived briefly in England. Garvey became convinced that Black people suffered a sort of universal cultural and economic exploitation wherever they lived outside Africa.
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