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Arthur Conan Doyle – great writer

Arthur Conan Doyle – great writer

Arthur Conan Doyle – great writer


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a British author and physician who popularized the detective genre of literature. He is remembered more for his brilliant detective character Sherlock Holmes.
Arthur Conan Doyle was born on May 22, 1859 in Edinburgh. He was the eldest son of Charles Altimont Doyle and his wife, Mary Foley.
In 1869, Doyle was enrolled in Hodder Preparatory, a Jesuit school in Lancashire. Two years later he attended the Jesuit college, Stonyhurst School. He traveled to Austria, where he spent a year studying German. In 1876, he entered Edinburgh University to study medicine. In his third year in medical school Doyle began to write fiction to support himself. In 1885 he received a doctor of medicine degree. Doyle worked as a ship’s doctor.
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Ivan Aivazovsky – Maestro Hovhannes

Ivan Aivazovsky - Maestro Hovhannes

Ivan Aivazovsky – Maestro Hovhannes


In the XIX century, a man at the age of 65 was considered an old man. And such an old man, with money and recognition of the public, fell in love. Hovhannes Ayvazyan really fell in love. However, to the whole world this brilliant artist is known under the name Ivan Aivazovsky. So, the great master met his future wife Anna Sarkisova-Burnazyan in the summer of 1882 in Feodosia at… a funeral. A beautiful young widow walked behind the coffin of her husband, a famous merchant. The beauty of a young woman astonished Ivan Konstantinovich. A year later they got married. Today you can see a portrait of Anna in the Feodosia Art Gallery.
Who was the artist Aivazovsky? The whole life of Ivan Aivazovsky, apart from staying abroad and studying at the Petersburg Academy of Arts, was connected with the south of Russia and Ukraine.
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D. W. Griffith – American film maker

D. W. Griffith - American film maker

D. W. Griffith – American film maker


D. W. Griffith was an American film maker, who invented much of the basic technical grammar of modern cinema.
David Wark Griffith was born on January 22, 1875 at Crestwood, Oldham County, Kentucky. At the age of 18 he became an actor in Louisville. He was a supporting player in provincial companies for 10 years performing under the stage name Lawrence Griffith. In 1906 he secretly married actress Linda Arvidson Johnson. However, they parted 5 years later.
In 1907 Griffith sold a poem to Frank Leslie’s Weekly and a play, A Fool and a Girl, to actor James K. Hackett. The play failed and Griffith decided to try his hand in the movie business.
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Gustave Flaubert – French novelist

Gustave Flaubert - French novelist

Gustave Flaubert – French novelist

Gustave Flaubert was a French novelist. His most famous work is the novel Madame Bovary (1857), which describes discontented life of a provincial wife. Flaubert influenced many other writers, including Joseph Conrad and the Italian novelist Giovanni Verga. Flaubert developed a new school of writing known as realism. The author portrays real-life scenarios and does not judge the character, but leaves the reader to do so.
Gustave Flaubert was born on December 12, 1821, in Rouen into the family of doctors. His father was a successful surgeon. At the age of 15, Flaubert fell platonically in love with an older married woman, Elisa Schlesinger, and remembered her ever after as a pure and unsullied love.
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Hermann Göring – German politician

Hermann Göring - German politician

Hermann Göring – German politician


Hermann Göring was a German politician and air force commander. He was second in command to Adolf Hitler in Nazi Germany.
Hermann Wilhelm Göring was born on January 12, 1893 in Rosenheim, Bavaria. He was the son of the consul general of the German Empire in Haiti. Hermann was educated in the military school. In October 1915 Göring became a fighter pilot and by 1918 he had won all the important military awards.
After the war he went to Denmark to fly as a private pilot. Göring met Hitler when he returned to Germany in 1922. Hermann became commander of the Nazi storm troopers. In November 1923, he received a painful injury which brought on his first drug addiction.
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Alexander Scriabin – great musician

Alexander Scriabin - great musician

Alexander Scriabin – great musician


Alexander Scriabin was a Russian composer and pianist, teacher, representative of symbolism in music. He did not have an absolute hearing and did not have the highest level of musical memory. But he was a genius! Moreover, he, like Columbus, opened a new continent – the Synthesis of the Arts.
Alexander Nikolaevich Scriabin was born on January 6, 1872 in Moscow.
If the universe is a huge ocean of energies that pierce us, then under some conditions it can be perceived. To do this, we must turn off the “thunder of reason” and give ourselves to the power of the unconscious. This connects us to the space. Scriabin was able to turn off the “thunder of reason” and received divine chords in return.
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Buddha – Enlightened One

Buddha - Enlightened One

Buddha – Enlightened One


Buddha means “enlightened one”. It is not a name but rather a title of respect. The Buddha or Gautama is the founder of Buddhism.
Siddhartha Gautama was the son of a king. He lived sometime in the 500s to 300s BC and was born near the border of what are today Nepal and India. His mother was visited in a dream by a white elephant, which touched her side with a fragrant blossom from the lotus tree, before she became pregnant. The newborn baby could speak and walk, and lotus blossoms sprouted where his feet had trod. Once Siddhartha Gautama saw in turn an old man, a sick man, and a dead man, sights that made him ask why suffering existed. At the age of sixteen Siddartha married a princess named Yasodhara. They had a young son.
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Gustave Eiffel – French engineer

Gustave Eiffel - French engineer

Gustave Eiffel – French engineer


Gustave Eiffel was a French engineer, best known for the Eiffel Tower. He also designed numerous bridges, viaducts, and exhibition buildings. His most famous bridge is the Maria Pia over the Douro at Oporto, Portugal (1876). He designed a metal frame for the Statue of Liberty in New York.
Alexandre Gustave Eiffel was born on December 15, 1832 in Dijon. He studied at the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole Centrale in Paris.
In 1886 in Paris there was a competition for the project of the main architectural structure for the 17th World Exhibition in 1899, dedicated to the achievements of the industrial revolution. The best project was presented by Eiffel.
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Arnold Henskes – Mirin Dajo

Arnold Henskes - Mirin Dajo

Arnold Henskes – Mirin Dajo


Many people know about yogis and fakirs of India who pierced their cheeks or tongue, without experiencing pain and without any harm to themselves. To do this they had to train hard. Here is a story about unique Dutch.
Arnold Gerrit Henskes was born in Amsterdam on August 6, 1912. Later he took name Mirin Dajo, which means “wonderful” in Esperanto. Already in his childhood unusual things happened to him. Arnold had a strange ability to paint while sleeping. At first he was surprised when he woke up in the morning and found that his hands were covered with paint, and on the table there was a picture with his signature. It turned out that he painted without waking up. Today, such a rare condition is called somnambulism, or sleepwalking.
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Heinrich Mann – German novelist

Heinrich Mann - German novelist

Heinrich Mann – German novelist


Heinrich Mann was a German novelist, essayist, and social critic. He achieved his greatest success with his critiques of German society. He was Thomas Mann’s elder brother.
Heinrich Mann was born on March 27, 1871 in northern Germany into a patriarchal merchant family. His father, Thomas Johann Heinrich Mann, became the owner of the trading firm Firma Joh. Siegm. Mann, Commissions- und Speditionsgeschäfte in 1882, after the death of his grandfather. His mother, Julia Mann, nee Silva-Bruns, came from a family with Brazilian roots. Heinrich had two brothers and two sisters: a brother, famous writer Thomas Mann (1875-1955), a younger brother Victor (1890-1949) and two sisters – Julia (1877-1927, suicide) and Karla (1881-1910, suicide).
After school Mann went to Dresden and a year later began working for a publishing house in Berlin. At first he wrote impressions, sketches, novelettes, and some poetry.
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