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Eugene Pottier – author of Internationale

Eugene Pottier – author of Internationale

Eugene Pottier – author of Internationale


Eugene Pottier was a French revolutionary, anarchist, author of the Internationale, member of the First International and member of the Paris Commune of 1871.
Eugene Edine Pottier was born on October 4, 1816 in Paris.
Eugene published his first collection of poems at the age of fourteen. The young poet responded to the events of the July Revolution of 1830. The poet took part in the June uprising of the Parisian proletariat. In the days of violent class battles, Pottier called for demolishing of the dilapidated building of the old society, declaring that the people themselves want to become the “masters of their destiny”.
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Roksolana – Hurrem Sultan

Roksolana - Hurrem Sultan

Roksolana – Hurrem Sultan


Suleiman the Magnificent was just a toy in the hands of this woman. She became one of the cruelest rulers.
Even in her lifetime there were a lot of rumors and gossips. According to some sources, Roksolana was Russian. However, some historians think she was Ukrainian, the Frenchmen assure that she was French, Italians – that she was Italian and so on.
The main events of this woman’s life remained in documents, legends, memoirs of Europeans who visited the court of the Sultan. It is known that she was 15 years old when she appeared in the Sultan’s harem. The young red-haired girl was not only beautiful, but also cunning and insidious.
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Alfred de Musset – romantic poet

Alfred de Musset - romantic poet

Alfred de Musset – romantic poet


Alfred de Musset was a French poet, dramatist, and fiction writer. He was a major romantic poet. His powerful drama Lorenzaccio is perhaps the finest French play of the 19th century.
Louis Charles Alfred de Musset was born on December 11, 1810 in Paris. He was a brilliant student at the Lycee Henri IV. A clever young man was interested in Latin and history, philosophy and Roman poetry. However, Musset spent more time studying French literature. After graduating from lyceum, Alfred began to study medicine and law. There was a time when he wanted to become an artist. When the poet met Victor Hugo, there was a turning point in his creative activity. Victor Hugo introduced Musset to his friends, which was his first step on the thorny path.
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Gamzat Tsadasa – Poet of the mountains

Gamzat Tsadasa - Poet of the mountains

Gamzat Tsadasa – Poet of the mountains


Poets call Daghestan the land of mountains. Situated in the eastern part of the Caucasus, it has 36 nationalities, some of them so tiny that they consist of the inhabitants of two or three villages. The largest of them all, the Avars (about 200,000), have produced two outstanding poets —Gamzat Tsadasa and his son, Rasul Gamzatov.
Gamzat Tsadasa was People’s poet of the Dagestan ASSR (1934), winner of the Stalin Prize of the second degree (1951).
Gamzat Tsadasa was born on August 9 (21), 1877 in the village of Tsada (now Khunzakh district of Dagestan) into the family of a poor peasant. His name Tsadas is a pseudonym and comes from the name of the village Tsada. He became an orphan very early, his father Yusupil Magoma died when he was 7 years old.
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Isaac Asimov – science fiction writer

Isaac Asimov - science fiction writer

Isaac Asimov – science fiction writer


Isaac Asimov was a scientist and science fiction writer, who made his reputation in both fields. He published over three hundred books and a lot of short stories, essays, and columns. Asimov also produced popular introductory texts and textbooks in biochemistry. Asimov is widely regarded as one of the masters of science fiction, along with Arthur C. Clarke and Robert A. Heinlein.
Isaac Asimov was born on January 2, 1920 in Petrovichi, Russia. His family moved to America when the boy was three years old. They settled in Brooklyn, New York, where they owned and operated a candy store. He studied at Boys High School of Brooklyn and then Seth Low Junior College. Later he entered Columbia University.
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Lope de Vega – Spanish author

Lope de Vega - Spanish author

Lope de Vega – Spanish author


Lope de Vega was Spain’s greatest dramatist. He was one of the most productive writers of the Renaissance and produced works in nearly every literary style of his time. Cervantes called him Nature’s mental colossus. Lope de Vega was able not only to amuse the viewer, he also expanded his horizons, telling about the historical past, the life of other nations – distant Russia and overseas America. He forced people to think about the destiny of their homeland, the miserable existence of the peasant.
Lope Felix de Vega Carpio was born on December 12, 1562 in Madrid. Lope was a well-educated man and by age 5 he could read Latin as well as his native language, Castilian. He wrote his first play at age 12.
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Grant McLennan – Australian musician

Grant McLennan – Australian musician

Grant McLennan – Australian musician


Grant McLennan was an Australian alternative rock singer-songwriter-guitarist.
Grant William McLennan was born on February 12, 1958 in Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia. At the age of four McLennan lost his father.
In 1976, Grant became a student at the University of Queensland.
Grant had no ambitions of music stardom as a boy and only picked up the bass guitar on the suggestion of his friend Robert Forster. Grant and Robert were a very harmonious team, and somehow in the 80’s music critic Robert Christgau called them “the greatest duet of all that exist today.” Their rock band was called The Go-Between. The duo released their first single Lee Remick in 1978, and the first full-length album was released in 1982.
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Dalai Lama – Tibet’s Great Teacher

Dalai Lama - Tibet’s Great Teacher

Dalai Lama – Tibet’s Great Teacher


The Dalai Lama is the religious leader of Tibet and until 1959 he was the head of the Tibetan government. The word lama means “teacher” in the Tibetan language. In the Mongolian language dalai means “ocean” and stands for “sea of wisdom.” Tibetan Buddhism is a form of Buddhism that began in Tibet 1,400 years ago. The Dalai Lama is the head of the Yellow Hat order of Buddhists. They are called that because they wear a yellow headdress.
Tibetans believe that some lamas are reborn as other lamas. The Dalai Lama is considered the human form of Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara known for kindness and mercy toward humans.
Dge-’dun-grub-pa was the first Dalai Lama who died in 1475. An oracle is believed to have visions about a newly reborn Dalai Lama.
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John Burroughs – American naturalist

John Burroughs - American naturalist

John Burroughs – American naturalist


John Burroughs was an American naturalist, writer, artist and philosopher. He was one of America’s most honored writers at the beginning of the 20th century.
John Burroughs was born on April 3, 1837. He was the seventh of 10 children. The boy lived on a family’s dairy farm in the valleys of the Catskill Mountains, near Roxbury, New York. Burroughs spent his boyhood exploring the lush countryside.
At the age of sixteen he left school and became a teacher. At the age of 20, he married Ursula North. He was 23 when James Russell Lowell accepted his essay Expression for the Atlantic Monthly.
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Vaslav Nijinsky – legendary ballet dancer

Vaslav Nijinsky – legendary ballet dancer

Vaslav Nijinsky – legendary ballet dancer


Contemporaries called him the eighth wonder of the world, King of the Air, God of Dance.
Vaslav Nijinsky was born on March 12, 1889 in Kiev. His parents were dancers at the Warsaw Imperial Theater and after retirement went on tour in Paris, Kiev, Minsk, Tiflis, Odessa, St. Petersburg. When they divorced, Eleanor Nijinskaya and their three children settled in the northern capital of Russia, St. Petersburg. She became the first teacher for her son.
At the age of ten Vaslav was brought to the Imperial Ballet School in St. Petersburg by his parents. Soon he was recognized as remarkable by his ballet teacher, N. Legat.
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