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A. Calder & E. Hopper

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Alexander Calder and Edward Hopper Born July 22 (The Day of Occupational Fluctuation) Alexander Calder and Edward Hopper both made significant contributions to American art. Although they each explored several art disciplines, Calder was known primarily as a sculptor, who first created the hanging objects called mobiles, and Hopper as a painter. Both were born [...]

Ernest Hemingway


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 [...]

Carlos Santana


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 [...]

Etienne Decroux


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 [...]

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 [...]

J. Cagney & D. Sutherland


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 [...]

M. Flatley, R. Blades & C.Tjader


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. [...]

Rembrandt van Rijn


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 [...]

Ingmar Bergman


  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. [...]

Isaac Babel

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Isaac Babel Born July 13 (The Day of Taken Opportunity) The Ukranian-Jewish short-story writer, playwright and journalist Isaac Babel lived a highly exciting, persecuted and tortured life. Best known for his book of short stories entitled Red Cavalry, Babel wrote from his life experience, after being urged to do so by Maxim Gorky.  Strangely, this [...]

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