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A secular equivalent to the Catholic calendar of saints

(secular saints selected by piero scaruffi)

Dec 1
Woody Allen: tribute

(Why? Best films of the 1960s)
Also:
Nicholas Negroponte (Cyberculture)
Dec 2
Georges Seurat: tribute

(Why? A Visual History of the Visual Arts)
Dec 3
Jean-Luc Godard: tribute

(Why? Best films of the 1960s)
Joseph Conrad: tribute

(Why? Best Novels of the 20th Century)
Also:
Anton Webern (20th Century Classical Music),
Dec 4
Rainer-Maria Rilke: tribute

(Why? Best Poetry of all Times)
Also:
Rafael Sanchez-Ferlosio (Best Novels of the 20th Century),
Samuel Butler (Best novels in English)
Dec 5
Fritz Lang: tribute

(Why? Best films of all times)
Also:
Werner Heisenberg (Modern Science and Technology)
Dec 6
Henrik Gorecki: tribute

(Why? 20th Century Classical Music)
Also:
Steven Wright (Greatest comedian)
Dave Brubeck (Best Jazz of the 1950s)
Dec 7
Tom Waits: tribute

(Why? Best rock albums of the 1980s)

Also:
Noam Chomsky (Modern Science and Technology)
Dec 8
Jim Morrison: tribute

(Why? Best rock albums of all times)
Bohusval Martinu: tribute

(Why? 20th Century Classical Music)
Also:
Georges Melies (Best early films),
Paul-Henri Holbach (History of Knowledge),
Jean Sibelius (20th Century Classical Music)
Andries van Dam (History of Computing),
Dec 9
Pierre Henry: tribute

(Why? 20th Century Classical Music)
Also:
John Cassavetes (Best films of the 1970s),
Dec 10
Olivier Messiaen: tribute

(Why? 20th Century Classical Music)
Also:
Emily Dickinson (Best Poetry of all Times)
Dec 11
Manoel de Oliveira: tribute

(Why? Best films of the 1980s)
Robert Koch: tribute

(Why? Modern Science and Technology)
Elliott Carter: tribute

(Why? 20th Century Classical Music)
Also:
Hector Berlioz (Best symphonies),
Max Born (Modern Science and Technology)
McCoy Tyner (Greatest jazz pianists)
Dec 12
Edvard Munch: tribute

(Why? A Visual History of the Visual Arts)
Also:
Yasujiro Ozu (Best films of the 1930s),
Gustave Flaubert (Best novels),
Michael Gazzaniga (Modern Science and Technology)
Olaf Hajek
Robert Noyce (Modern Science and Technology)
Dec 13
Heinrich Heine: tribute

(Why? Best Poetry of all Times)
Dec 14
Tycho Brahe: tribute

(Why? History of Knowledge)
Also:
Paul Eluard (Best poetry of the 20th Century)
Dec 15
Oscar Niemeyer: tribute

(Why? A Visual History of the Visual Arts)
Also:
Diego Rivera (A Visual History of the Visual Arts),
Stan Kenton (Best Jazz of the 1950s)
Dec 16
Ludwig van Beethoven: tribute

(Why? Best of Classical Music)
Also:
Wassily Kandinsky (A Visual History of the Visual Arts),
Jane Austen (Best novels in English),
Rafael Alberti (Best poetry of the 20th Century),
Arthur Clarke (Best science fiction),
Philip Dick (Best science fiction)
Dec 17
Ford Madox Ford: tribute

(Why? Best novels in English)
Dec 18
Paul Klee: tribute

(Why? A Visual History of the Visual Arts)
Also:
Steven Spielberg (Best films of the 1980s),
Leo Smith (Best Jazz of the 1970s),
Joseph-John Thompson (Modern Science and Technology)
Dec 19
Edith Piaf: tribute

(Why? History of Pop Music)
Also:
Italo Svevo (Best novels),
Jean Genet (Best theater),
Jose Lezama-Lima (Best Novels of the 20th Century),
Michel Tournier (Best Novels of the 20th Century)
Dec 20
David Bohm: tribute

(Why? Modern Science and Technology)
Also:
Patti Smith tribute (Best rock albums of the 1970s)
Susanne Langer (philosopher)
Dec 21
Frank Zappa: tribute

(Why? Best rock albums of all times)
Dec 22
Edgard Varese: tribute

(Why? 20th Century Classical Music)
Also:
Jean Racine (Best theater),
Tommy Flowers (History of Computing),
Filippo Marinetti (Art and Culture in the 20th Century)
Srinivasa Ramanujan (self-taught Indian mathematician)
Dec 23
Juan Ramon Jimenez: tribute

(Why? Greatest poets)
Also: Niels Jerne (Modern Science and Technology)
Dec 24
Mauricio Kagel: tribute

(Why? 20th Century Classical Music)
Dec 25
Isaac Newton: tribute

(Why? History of Knowledge)
Also:
Humphrey Bogart (Greatest actors),
Jesus (History of Knowledge)
Dec 26
Alejo Carpentier: tribute

(Why? Best Novels of the 20th Century)
Also:
Charles Babbage (History of Computing),
Dec 27
Louis Pasteur: tribute

(Why? Modern Science and Technology)
Also:
Johannes Kepler (History of Knowledge),
Marlene Dietrich (Greatest actors)
Dec 28
John von Neumann: tribute

(Why? Modern Science and Technology)
Also:
Friedrich Murnau (Best films of the 1920s),
Stan Lee (Comics)
Dec 29
William Shockley: tribute

(Why? History of Silicon Valley)
Dec 30
Theodor Fontane: tribute

(Why? Best Novels of All Times)
Also:
Timothy Mo (Best novels in English),
Bo Diddley (Best albums of the 1960s)
Dec 31
Henri Matisse: tribute

(Why? Art and Culture in the 20th Century)

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Selected by piero scaruffi