Ernest Hemingway

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Ernest Hemingway Born July 21 (The Day of Tragicomic Controversy) It is hard to imagine a writer who lived his life to the fullest more than Ernest Hemingway. His fabulous real-life adventures read like a novel, perhaps one reason why the novels he penned himself were not always of comparable quality to the experiences that… Continue reading Ernest Hemingway

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Carlos Santana

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Carlos Santana Born July 20 (The Day of Ups and Downs) Carlos Santana is typical of those born on the Cusp of Oscillation (July 19-25) and on the Day of Ups and Downs. As one of the best known and most talented rock-jazz fusion guitarists he has had his share of fame but also has… Continue reading Carlos Santana

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Etienne Decroux

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Etienne Decroux Born July 19 (The Day of Controlled Movement) The master of mime, Etienne Decroux, was the teacher of all the major mimetic artists of the 20th century, including Marcel Marceau and the actor Jean-Louis Barrault whom he coached to play the role of the mime Baptiste in the film Les Enfants du Paradis… Continue reading Etienne Decroux

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Yevgeny Yevtushenko

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Yevgeny Yevtushenko Born July 18 (The Day of Conviction) The controversial Russian poet, Yevgeny Yevtushenko, has aroused a storm of controversy in his life. International in scope, he came out in support of other poets who in return supported him when attacked. Yevtushenko also emerged as a filmmaker-actor and for some years now has spent… Continue reading Yevgeny Yevtushenko

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J. Cagney & D. Sutherland

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Born July 17 (The Day of Career Concerns) Often playing tough guys, hard as nails, both of these dedicated  Hollywood actors were prominent male leads whose careers each spanned over 50 years, with Sutherland still active today. Interestingly, Cagney’s career came to an end in 1961 (he returned  only briefly in 1981 to do the film… Continue reading J. Cagney & D. Sutherland

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M. Flatley, R. Blades & C.Tjader

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Michael Flatley, Ruben Blades, Cal Tjader Born July 16 (The Day of The Rising Tide) World music and dance embody the fusion of many styles and ethnic traditions. Such approaches have often sprung from strong national  roots while crossing over performing traditions such as jazz and other improvised music, pop, classical, Latin and folk music.… Continue reading M. Flatley, R. Blades & C.Tjader

Rembrandt van Rijn

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Rembrandt van Rijn Born July 15 (The Day of Material Inducers) Although many streets in Amsterdam are named after painters, only one of its major squares is named after one: the Rembrandtplein.  Not surprising that this Dutch master is honored by a city and country who have undoubtedly produced more great and good painters per capita… Continue reading Rembrandt van Rijn

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Ingmar Bergman

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  Ingmar Bergman Born July 14 (The Day of the Convincing Storyteller) If Akira Kurosawa, Federico Fellini and Ingmar Bergman are to be regarded as the holy trinity of 20th century filmmakers, then it is suggestive to call the venerable Kurosawa the father, the youthful Fellini the son, and the mysterious Bergman the holy ghost.… Continue reading Ingmar Bergman

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