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A secular equivalent to the Catholic calendar of saints

(secular saints selected by piero scaruffi)

Apr 1
Sergei Rachmaninov: tribute

(Why? Best of Classical Music)
Also:
Ferruccio Busoni (20th Century Classical Music),
Milan Kundera (Best novels of the 20th century),
Gil Scott-Heron (musician)
Apr 2
Max Ernst: tribute

(Why? Greatest art of all times),
Also:
Emile Zola (Best novels in French)
Simone de Beauvoir (Best novels in French)
Apr 3
Marlon Brando: tribute

(Why? Greatest actors)
Apr 4
Muddy Waters: tribute

(Why? History of Blues Music)
Also:
Ari Kaurismaki (Best films of the 1990s)
Isidore de Lautreamont (Greatest poets)
Apr 5
Peter Greenaway: tribute

(Why? Best films of the 1980s)
Thomas Hobbes: tribute

(Why? History of Knowledge)
Herbert von Karajan: tribute

(Why? Best orchestra conductors)
Also:
Bette Davis (Greatest actors)
Apr 6
Raffaello di Sanzio: tribute

(Why? Greatest art of all times),
Also:
Gerry Mulligan (Best Jazz of the 1950s),
Randy Weston (Best Jazz of the 1960s),
Jean-Pierre Changeux (Modern Science and Technology)
Apr 7
William Wordsworth: tribute

(Why? Greatest poets)
Also:
Jean-Claude Gallotta (Art and Culture in the 20th Century),
Francis Ford Coppola (Best films of the 1970s),
Ravi Shankar (History of Indian music),
Billie Holiday (Best jazz singer)
Apr 8
Edmund Husserl: tribute

(Why? History of Knowledge)
Apr 9
Charles Baudelaire: tribute

(Why? Greatest poets)
Apr 10
Max Von Sydow: tribute

(Why? Greatest actors)
Apr 11
John Milius: tribute

(Why? Best films of the 1970s)
Apr 12
Herbie Hancock: tribute

(Why? Best Jazz of the 1970s),
Also:
Hound Dog Taylor (History of the Blues)
Apr 13
Samuel Beckett: tribute

(Why? Best theater),
Seamus Heaney: tribute

(Why? Greatest poets)
Also:
Gyorgy Lukacs (History of Sociology),
Jacques Lacan (History of Knowledge)
Apr 14
Morton Subotnick: tribute

(Why? 20th Century Classical Music),
Also:
Katsuhiro Otomo (Comics),
Ali Akbar Khan (History of Indian music),
Christiaan Huygens (Automata)
Apr 15
Leonardo da Vinci: tribute

(Why? Greatest art of all times),
Henry James: tribute

(Why? Best novels).
Also:
Leonhard Euler (Machine Intelligence),
Emile Durkheim (History of Sociology),
Bessie Smith (History of the Blues)
Apr 16
Charlie Chaplin: tribute

(Why? Best films of all times)
Also:
Tristan Tzara (Art and Culture in the 20th Century),
Merce Cunningham (Art and Culture in the 20th Century),
Wilbur Wright (Modern Science and Technology),
Clive "Hercules" Campbell (History of Hip-hop Music)
Apt 17
Liz Phair: tribute

(Why? Best singer-songwriters)
Apr 18
Samuel Huntington: tribute

(Why? History of Knowledge)
Also:
Leopold Stokowski (Best orchestra conductors),
Kathy Acker (Best novels in English),
David Ricardo (economist)
Apr 19
Fernando Botero: tribute

(Why? Art and Culture in the 20th Century)
Apr 20
Joan Miro: tribute

(Why? Greatest art of all times)
Also:
Lionel Hampton (Best jazz drummers),
David Chalmers (Philosophy of Mind)
Apr 21
Max Weber: tribute

(Why? History of Sociology)
Apr 22
Charlie Mingus: tribute

(Why? Best jazz albums of all times)
Immanuel Kant: tribute

(Why? History of Knowledge)
Also: (History of Knowledge),
Rita Levi-Montalcini (Modern Science and Technology),
Jack Nicholson (Greatest actors)
Apr 23
William Shakespeare: tribute

(Why? Best theater)
Also:
Max Planck (Modern Science and Technology),
William Turner (Greatest art of all times),
Vladimir Nabokov (Best novels),
Sergej Prokofiev (Best of Classical Music)
Ray Tomlinson (A timeline of computing)
Apr 24
Willem de Kooning: tribute

(Why? Art and Culture in the 20th Century),
Also:
Anthony Trollope (Best novels in English)
Apr 25
Guglielmo Marconi: tribute

(Why? Modern Science and Technology),
Also:
Wolfgang Pauli (Modern Science and Technology),
Ella Fitzgerald (Best jazz singer)
Apr 26
Ludwig Wittgenstein: tribute

(Why? History of Knowledge),
Also:
Jean Vigo (Best films of the 1920s),
Ieoh Ming Pei (History of Architecture),
David Hume (History of Knowledge),
Vicente Aleixandre (Greatest poets),
Ma Rainey (History of the Blues)
Apr 27
Theo Angelopoulos: tribute

(Why? Best films of all times)
Also:
Samuel Morse (History of Knowledge),
Herbert Spencer (History of Knowledge)
Apr 28
Kurt Godel: tribute

(Why? Modern Science and Technology),
Apr 29
Duke Ellington: tribute

(Why? Best jazz albums of all times)
Also:
Henri Poincare (Modern Science and Technology),
Maya Deren (Best films of the 1940s)
Apr 30
Lars von Trier: tribute

(Why? Best films of all times)
Also:
German Espinosa (Best novels of the 20th century),
Luigi Russolo (20th Century Classical Music),
Carl-Friedrich Gauss (History of Knowledge),
Claude Shannon (History of Computing)
Felix Guattari

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Selected by piero scaruffi