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Ivan Mazepa – Cossack leader

Ivan Mazepa - Cossack leader

Ivan Mazepa – Cossack leader


Ivan Mazepa (ca. 1644-1709) was the Ukrainian Cossack leader, Hetman.
Ivan Stepanovich Mazepa was raised in Poland and educated in the West. In 1663 he returned to Ukraine to enter the military service during the turbulent period of Ukrainian history known as the Ruin. Mazepa reached the rank of inspector general while still in his early 30s.
In 1687 he was elected hetman (chief) of the Ukrainian Cossack state. Mazepa managed to build new schools and churches, but his chief goal became the freeing of his people from Russian domination and the formation of an independent state including all of the Ukraine.
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Marc Anthony – musician and composer

Marc Anthony - musician and composer

Marc Anthony – musician and composer


Marc Anthony is a popular American singer, musician and composer, actor. He is popular not only in the countries of Latin America, but also abroad. Marc is the former husband of singer and actress Jennifer Lopez.
Marco Antonio Muñiz Ruiz (his real name) was born on September 16, 1968 in New York to Puerto Rican family. His mother was a housewife and his father was a musician and worked at the hospital cafeteria. Marc Anthony was named in honor of Marco Antonio Muniz, Mexican singer popular in Puerto Rico. He has a sister, whose name is Yolanda Muñiz.
Anthony worked as a composer and a backing singer for Menudo and Latin Rascals. His first album Rebel was recorded in 1988. Then in 1989, he sang backing vocals for Anne-Marie for her club hit With or Without You. A year later, in 1990, together with Little Louie Vega and Todd Terry, Marc wrote and sang the song You Should Know By Now.
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Dave Foreman – radical environmental activist

Dave Foreman - radical environmental activist

Dave Foreman – radical environmental activist


Dave Foreman is an American radical environmental activist, co-founder of Earth First! He wants to slow or stop strip mining, clear-cut logging of old-growth forests, the damming of wild rivers, and other environmentally destructive practices.
Dave was born in 1947 into a family of a United States Air Force employee and traveled widely while growing up.
In college he chaired the conservative Young Americans for Freedom. In the 1970s Foreman was a conservative Republican and moderate environmentalist. He worked for the Wilderness Society in Washington, DC.
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Vivien Leigh – English beauty

Vivien Leigh – English beauty

Vivien Leigh – English beauty

Vivien Leigh was an English actress, winner of two Oscar awards for the roles of American beauties: Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With The Wind (1939) and Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire (1951). Talented actress often worked in collaboration with her husband, Laurence Olivier, who was a director of several films with her participation. During her thirty-year career, she had played a variety of roles from comedy heroines of Noel Coward and George Bernard Shaw to classic Shakespearean characters: such as Ophelia, Cleopatra, Juliet and Lady Macbeth. The actress had a poor health. Vivien and Olivier divorced in 1960, and later she only occasionally appeared in films and played in the theater until her death from tuberculosis.
She is one of the greatest actresses in the history.
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Georgy Narbut – famous graphic designer

Georgy Narbut – famous graphic designer

Georgy Narbut – famous graphic designer

Georgy Narbut is best known as the author of the first Ukrainian state signs (banknotes and postage stamps) and the project of the emblem of the Ukrainian state. He was also a professor of graphics at the Ukrainian Academy of Arts, and later – its rector. He was one of the best masters of book graphics. He illustrated children’s books, designed the covers the magazines and poetry collections without any special education. His name became fashionable and the orders increased: if in 1912 sixteen editions with his ornaments and illustrations were published, in 1914 there were already thirty of them.
Georgy Narbut was born on February 26 (old style), 1886 in Narbutovka, Chernigov province. He had four brothers and two sisters. His father was a small landowner with average income, but he had little interest in children and therefore they were brought up by their mother. Children grew up in the bosom of nature, they played with rural children. The old man, the psalmist, taught them to read and write. At the age of nine, in 1896, the boy was sent to the Glukhov Gymnasium, where he was interested in history and literature, but didn’t like mathematics.
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Geronimo Cardano – Italian scientist

Geronimo Cardano – Italian scientist

Geronimo Cardano – Italian scientist


Many people have heard of Cardan shaft (or drive shaft). But few people know about the fate of its inventor Geronimo Cardano (1501-1576). And he, by the way, was not only a great engineer, mathematician and physician, but also the largest occultist of his time. All the important decisions he took, based on his own interpretation of the dreams!
Geronimo Cardano (or Gerolamo) was the illegitimate son of the Milanese lawyer Fazio Cardano. Fazio was good at not only law but also medicine and mathematics. He even gave advice on geometry to his friend – the great Leonardo da Vinci. As contemporaries wrote, father and son had personal spirits (or demons) that helped them in life. They warned about the dangers, more often in dreams.
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Jeff Buckley – American multi-instrumentalist

Jeff Buckley - American multi-instrumentalist

Jeff Buckley – American multi-instrumentalist


Jeff Buckley was an American musician, multi-instrumentalist. At the dawn of his career, he participated in several bands as a session guitarist, later performed cover versions of popular songs on the East Village scene in Manhattan, and attracted the attention of record labels. He signed a contract with Columbia Records and led a musical group. In 1994 he recorded his only lifetime album, Grace. According to Rolling Stone magazine, he is one of the greatest rock vocalists. Jeff is most known for his cover version of the song Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen.
Jeffrey Scott Buckley was born on November 17, 1966 in Orange, California. The boy inherited strong vocal from his father, Tim Buckley. Jeff formed as a musician influenced by Crosby, Nash, Van Morrison and Led Zeppelin. At the age of five, he found the acoustic guitar, which was bought by his grandmother. Jeff met his father when he was 8 years old. It was their first and the last meeting. Father and son talked for about 15 minutes, smiling to each other. A few months later, Tim Buckley died of a drug overdose.
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Dee Dee Ramone – American musician

Dee Dee Ramone – American musician

Dee Dee Ramone – American musician

Dee Dee Ramone was an American bassist and songwriter, best known for participating in the punk rock band Ramones.
Douglas Glenn Colvin (his real name) was born on September 18, 1951 in Fort Lee, Virginia. Having moved from Virginia to Berlin as the son of a US soldier and his German wife, Colvin found himself a bit of an outsider when he returned to America at the age of sixteen.
Despite the fact that most of Ramones’ songs were signed by the names of all members of the group, Dee Dee was the author of most of the texts, including the songs 53rd & 3rd, Commando, Rockaway Beach and Poison Heart.
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Edvard Munch – Norwegian painter

Edvard Munch - Norwegian painter

Edvard Munch – Norwegian painter

Edvard Munch was a Norwegian painter and graphic artist, expressionist. He illustrated man’s emotional life in love and death.
Edvard was born on December 12, 1863 in Loieten near Kristiania (now Oslo). He was the son of a military doctor.
The childhood of the future artist was not bright and left a mark on his psyche. Disease and death followed him all the time. Munch was born a weak child and suffered from bronchitis and rheumatism. And when the boy was five years old, his mother, suffering from tuberculosis, died. He forever remembered her pale face. Later, from the same illness, the older sister of the artist died. She was only 15 years old. Then suddenly his brother Andreas, who had just married, died. But especially hard he survived the death of his father. At that time he lived in France and could not come to the funeral and fell into a deep depression.
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Margaret of Valois – French princess

Margaret of Valois – French princess

Margaret of Valois – French princess

On August 18, 1572 there was a crowd at the Cathedral of Notre Dame waiting for the wedding of the French princess Margaret of Valois and Henry, King of Navarre. People risked their lives to glance at the celebration. They also wanted to look at the bride, who had already become famous for her love affairs and conquered the hearts of contemporaries with her beauty.
The name Marguerite of France, Marguerite of Valois, the famous queen Margot, the most beautiful woman of her time, the youngest daughter of Henry II and Catherine de Medici, is surrounded by many legends. The girl was named in honor of her great-aunt – Margaret of Navarre, who was called “the pearl of all pearls”, because Margaret means “pearl”. But, as it turned out, the brilliance of the new pearl had surpassed the shine of the old one.
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