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A secular equivalent to the Catholic calendar of saints

(secular saints selected by piero scaruffi)

Aug 1
Jerry Garcia: tribute

(Why? Best rock albums of the 1960s)
Also:
Herman Melville (Best novels)
Jean-Baptiste Lamarck (History of Knowledge)
Aug 2
The Hampster Dance: tribute

(Why? Greatest songs of all times)
Also:
Isabel Allende (Best novels in Spanish)
Aug 3
Roscoe Mitchell: tribute

(Why? Best Jazz of the 1960s),
Aug 4
Louis Armstrong: tribute

(Why? Greatest trumpeters of jazz)
Witold Gombrowicz: tribute

(Why? Best novels of all times)
Klaus Schulze: tribute

(Why? Best rock albums of the 1970s)
Also:
Percy-Bysshe Shelley (Best poetry in English)
Aug 5
John Huston: tribute

(Why? Best films of the 1950s
Also:
Neil Armstrong (History of Knowledge)
Aug 6
Andy Warhol: tribute

(Why? Art and Culture in the 20th Century)
Charlie Haden: tribute

(Why? Best Jazz of the 1960s)
Also:
Alexander Fleming (Modern Science and Technology)
Paul Claudel (Best theater),
Aug 7
Roland Kirk: tribute

(Why? Best Jazz of the 1960s)
Aug 8
Paul Dirac: tribute

(Why? Modern Science and Technology)
Also:
Roger Penrose (Modern Physics),
Ernest Lawrence (Modern Science and Technology),
Dustin Hoffman (Best actors),
William Bateson (Modern Science and Technology)
Aug 9
Robert Aldrich: tribute

(Why? Best films of the 1960s)
Jean Piaget: tribute

(Why? Modern Science and Technology)
Marvin Minsky: tribute

(Why? Artificial Intelligence)
Also:
Philip Larkin (Best poetry in English)
Aug 10
Jorge Amado: tribute

(Why? Best Portuguese Novels)
Also:
Jean-Francois Lyotard (History of Knowledge)
Aug 11
Steve Wozniak: tribute

(Why? History of Computing)
Also:
Fernando Arrabal (Best theater)
Aug 12
Erwin Schrodinger: tribute

(Why? Modern Science and Technology)
Also:
Pat Metheny (Jazz guitarists)
Aug 13
Alfred Hitchcock: tribute

(Why? Best films of all times)
Aug 14
Wim Wenders: tribute

(Why? Best films of the 1980s
Also:
Pierre Schaeffer (Art and Culture in the 20th Century)
Aug 15
Louis DeBroglie: tribute

(Why? Modern Science and Technology)
Also:
Oscar Peterson (Best jazz albums of the 1950s),
Ghose Aurobindo (History of Knowledge),
Walter Scott (Best poetry in English)
Aug 16
Wilhelm-Max Wundt: tribute

(Why? Modern Science and Technology)
Also:
Kevin Ayers (Best rock albums of the 1970s),
Charles Bukowski (Best novels in English)
Aug 17
Robert De Niro: tribute

(Why? Best actors)
Also:
Pierre de Fermat (Greatest mathematicians),
Ted Hughes (Best poetry in English)
Aug 18
Roman Polanski: tribute

(Why? Best films of the 1970s)
Also:
Henri-Georges Clouzot
(Why? Best films of the 1950s)
Elsa Morante (Best novels in Italian)
Aug 19
Philo Farnsworth: tribute

(Why? Modern Science and Technology)
Also:
Gilbert Ryle (philosopher)
Aug 20
Roger Sperry: tribute

(Why? Modern Science and Technology)
Also:
Eero Saarinen (History of Architecture),
Isaac Hayes (History of Soul Music),
Jack Teargarden (Jazz trombonists)
Aug 21
Count Basie: tribute

(Why? Greatest pianists of jazz)
Aug 22
Karlheinz Stockhausen: tribute

(Why? 20th Century Classical Music)
Claude Debussy: tribute

(Why? Best of Classical Music)
Also:
Ray Bradbury (Best novels in English),
John Lee Hooker (History of the Blues)
Aug 23
Allan Kaprov: tribute

(Why? Art and Culture in the 20th Century)
Also:
Chan-wook Park
(Why? Best films of the 2000s)
Aug 24
Jorge-Luis Borges: tribute

(Why? Greatest writers of all times)
Also:
Antonia Byatt (Best Novels of the 20th Century)
Aug 25
Leonard Bernstein: tribute

(Why? Greatest classical conductors)
Also:
Walt Kelly (Comics)
Aug 26
Guillame Apollinaire: tribute

(Why? The Best poetry of all times)
Julio Cortazar: tribute

(Why? Greatest writers of all times)
Also:
Albert Sabin (Modern Science and Technology),
Antoine Lavoiser (Science and Technology of the 18th Century),
Lee DeForest (Modern Science and Technology),
Aug 27
Georg Hegel: tribute

(Why? History of Knowledge)
Man Ray: tribute

(Why? Art and Culture in the 20th Century)
Alice Coltrane: tribute

(Why? Best Jazz of the 1970s),
Also:
Lester Young (Greatest tenor saxophonists of jazz),
Giuseppe Peano (Greatest mathematicians),
Sonny Sharrock (Best jazz albums of the 1970s)
Aug 28
Johann-Wolfgang Goethe: tribute

(Why? Greatest writers of all times)
Aug 29
Charlie Parker: tribute

(Why? Greatest jazz saxophonists)
Diamanda Galas: tribute

(Why? Greatest jazz saxophonists)
Also:
John Locke (History of Knowledge)
Aug 30
Ernest Rutherford: tribute

(Why? Modern Science and Technology)
Also:
Aug 31
Van Morrison: tribute

(Why? Greatest rock albums)
Also:
Hermann von Helmholtz (History of Knowledge),
Edward Thorndike (History of Knowledge),
Theophile Gautier (Best novels in French)

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Selected by piero scaruffi