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A secular equivalent to the Catholic calendar of saints

(secular saints selected by piero scaruffi)

Feb 1
John Ford: tribute

(Why? Best films of the 1950s)
Also:
Yevgeny Zamyatin (History of Russian Literature)
Feb 2
James Joyce: tribute

(Why? Best novels)
Also:
Stan Getz (Best Jazz of the 1950s)
Feb 3
Carl Theodor Dreyer: tribute

(Why? Best films of the 1920s),
Also:
Felix Mendellsohn (Best of Classical Music)
Alvar Aalto (History of Architecture),
Johnny Guitar (History of Blues Music)
Feb 4
Luis de Camoes: tribute

(Why? Greatest poets)
Also:
Ferdinand Leger (Art and Culture in the 20th Century)
Ken Thompson (History of Computing),
Feb 5
Joris Huysmans: tribute

(Why? Best novels in French)
Also:
William Burroughs (Best novels in English),
Nolan Bushnell (History of Computing),
Feb 6
Francois Truffaut: tribute

(Why? Best films of the 1960s)
Also:
Bob Marley (History of Reggae Music)
Feb 7
Charles Dickens: tribute

(Why? Best novels in English),
Also:
Eubie Blake (History of Blues Music)
Feb 8
Sebastiao Salgado: tribute

(Why? Art and Culture in the 20th Century)
Also:
Elizabeth Bishop (poet)
Jules Verne (Best novels in French)
King Vidor (Best films of the 1920s),
Jack Lemmon (Greatest actors)
Martin Buber (History of Philosophy)
Joseph Schumpeter (History of Philosophy)
Feb 9
Alban Berg: tribute

(Why? 20th Century Classical Music)
Also:
Thomas Bernhard (Best novels in German),
Jacques Monod (Modern Science and Technology)
Feb 10
Bertold Brecht: tribute

(Why? Best theater)
Also:
Boris Pasternak (Best Russian Novels),
Also:
Bob Taylor (History of the Internet)
Feb 11
Thomas Edison: tribute

(Why? Modern Science and Technology)
Also:
Vittorio Sereni (Best novels in Italian)
Feb 12
Charles Darwin: tribute

(Why? History of Knowledge)
Feb 13
Thomas Malthus: tribute

(Why? History of Sociology)
Feb 14
Tim Buckley: tribute

(Why? Best rock albums of all times)
Also: Hans Ledwinka (car designer)
Feb 15
Galileo Galilei: tribute

(Why? History of Knowledge)
Also:
Henry Threadgill (Best Jazz of the 1990s)
Alfred Whitehead (Modern Science and Technology)
Feb 16
Ernst Haeckel: tribute

(Why? (History of Knowledge)
Feb 17
Ronald Fisher: tribute

(Why? Modern Science and Technology)
Feb 18
Ernst Mach: tribute

(Why? Modern Science and Technology)
Also:
Toni Morrison (Best novels in English),
Enzo Ferrari (sport car)
Feb 19
Nicolaus Copernicus: tribute

(Why? (History of Knowledge)
Also:
Simon Jeffes (tribute)
Constantin Brancusi (Best sculptors)
Louis Feuillade (Best early films),
Smokey Robinson (History of Soul Music)
Feb 20
Ludwig Boltzmann: tribute

(Why? (History of Knowledge)
Also:
Anthony Davis (Best Jazz of the 1980s),
George Devol (Modern Science and Technology),
Louis Kahn (Art and Culture in the 20th Century),
Georges Bernanos (Best novels in French),
Jonathan Winson (Neuroscience of Dreaming)
Feb 21
Sam Peckinpah: tribute

(Why? Best films of the 1970s)
David Foster Wallace: tribute

(Why? Best novels in English)

Also:
Raymond Queneau (Best novels in French),
William Auden (poet)
Feb 22
Luis Bunuel: tribute

(Why? Best films of the 1960s)
Also: Arthur Schopenhauer
Danilo Kis (Best Novels of the 20th Century),
Heinrich Hertz (Modern Science and Technology)
Feb 23
Georg Handel: tribute

(Why? Best of Classical Music)
Also:
Kazimir Malevich (Art and Culture in the 20th Century)
Karl Jaspers (History of Philosophy)
Feb 24
Stanislaw Witkiewicz: tribute

(Why? Best novels)
Feb 25
Sandy Bull: tribute

(Why? Best albums of the 1960s)
Also:
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (Art and Culture in the 20th Century),
Francois Couperin (Best of Classical Music),
Carlo Goldoni (Best novels in Italian)
Feb 26
Victor Hugo: tribute

(Why? Best novels in French)
Also:
Claude Levi-Strauss (History of Sociology),
Fats Domino (History of Blues Music)
Feb 27
George Herbert Mead: tribute

(Why? (History of Knowledge)
Also:
Alan Guth (Modern Science and Technology),
Paul Ricoeur (History of Philosophy),
Julian Jaynes (History of Knowledge),
Dexter Gordon (Best Jazz of the 1960s)
Feb 28
Frank Gehry: tribute

(Why? Art and Culture in the 20th Century)
John Fahey: tribute

(Why? Best rock albums of all times)
Feb 29
Herman Hollerith: tribute

(Why? History of Computing),

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Selected by piero scaruffi