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A secular equivalent to the Catholic calendar of saints

(secular saints selected by piero scaruffi)

Jan 1
Maurice Bejart: tribute

(Why? Art and Culture in the 20th Century)
Also:
Pierre Decoubertin (A timeline of the 20th century),
Grandmaster Flash (History of Rap Music)
Jan 2
Dziga Vertov: tribute

(Why? Best films of the 1920s)
Also:
Rudolf Clausius (History of Knowledge),
Isaac Asimov (History of Science-fiction)
Jan 3
Sergio Leone: tribute

(Why? Best films of the 1960s)
Also:
Michael Schumacher (Greatest sport champions)
John Tolkien (History of Science-fiction)
Jan 4
John McLaughlin tribute

(Why? Best Jazz of the 1970s))
Jan 5
Yves Tanguy: tribute

(Why? Art and Culture in the 20th Century)
Umberto Eco: tribute

(Why? Best novels in Italian)
Also:
Hayao Miyazaki (Best films of the 1980s),
Friedrich Duerrenmatt (Greatest writers),
Jan 6
Syd Barrett: tribute

(Why? Best rock albums of the 1970s)
Also:
Alexander Scriabin (Best piano sonatas),
Juan Goytisolo (Best Novels of the 20th Century)
Jan 7
Johann Reis: tribute

(Why? Modern Science and Technology)
Also:
Giorgio Caproni (Greatest poets)
Jan 8
Stephen Hawking: tribute

(Why? Modern Science and Technology)
Also:
Giacinto Scelsi (20th Century Classical Music)
David Bowie (History of Rock Music)
Jan 9
Karel Capek: tribute

(Why? Best novels of the 20th century)
Also:
Simone de Beauvoir (Best novels in French)
Jan 10
Max Roach tribute

(Why? Best Jazz of the 1960s))
Jan 11
William James: tribute

(Why? Modern Science and Technology)
Also:
Hugh Stubbins (History of Architecture),
Slim Harpo (History of Blues Music)
Jan 12
Morton Feldman: tribute

(Why? 20th Century Classical Music)
Also:
Haruki Murakami (Best Novels of the 20th Century)
Sergei Korolev (Modern Science and Technology)
HAL (The A.I. in Clarke's "2001")
Jan 13
Daevid Allen: tribute

(Why? Best rock albums of all times)
Also:
Paul Feyerabend (Philosophy of Mind)
Jan 14
Yukio Mishima: tribute

(Why? Best Japanese Novels )
Also:
Allen Toussaint (History of Blues Music)
Jan 15
Captain Beefheart: tribute

(Why? Best rock albums of all times)
Also:
Moliere (Best theater),
Martin Luther King (History of the USA)
Jan 16
John Carpenter: tribute

(Why? Best films of the 1970s)
Also:
Susan Sontag (National Book Award Winners)
Jan 17
Pedro Calderon de la Barca: tribute

(Why? Best theater)
Also:
August Weismann (Modern Science and Technology)
Jan 18
Ruben Dario: tribute

(Why? Greatest poets)
Also:
Cary Grant (Greatest actors),
Gilles Deleuze (History of Philosophy)
Jan 19
Paul Cezanne: tribute

(Why? Art and Culture in the 20th Century)
Also:
James Watt (History of Knowledge),
Janis Joplin (Best rock singers) ,
Auguste Comte (History of Philosophy)
Jan 20
Federico Fellini: tribute

(Why? Best films of the 1960s)
Also:
Leadbelly (History of Blues Music)
Jan 21
Umberto Nobile: tribute

(Why? Modern Science and Technology)
Also:
Wolfgang Kohler (Modern Science and Technology),
Yoichiro Nambu (Modern Science and Technology)
Jan 22
John Donne: tribute

(Why? Greatest poets)
Also:
Francis Bacon (History of Knowledge),
August Strindberg (Best theater),
George Balanchine (Art and Culture in the 20th Century),
David Wark Griffith (Best films of the 1910s),
George-Gordon Byron (English literature)
Jan 23
Sergei Eisenstein: tribute

(Why? Best films of the 1920s)
Also:
Edouard Manet (Art and Culture in the 20th Century),
Stendhal (Best novels),
David Hilbert (Modern Science and Technology),
Louis Zukofsky (Greatest poets),
Django Reinhardt (Jazz guitarists)
Jan 24
Ernst-Theodor-Amadeus Hoffmann: tribute

(Why? Best novels in German)
Also:
Warren Zevon (Best singer-songwriters),
Aaron Neville (Best rock albums of the 1980s)
Jan 25
Virginia Woolf: tribute
(Best Novels of the 20th Century),
Also:
Witold Lutoslawski (20th Century Classical Music),
Ilya Prigogine (Modern Science and Technology),
Bill Viola (Art and Culture in the 20th Century),
Joseph-Louis Lagrange (Foundations of modern Physics)
Jan 26
Edward Sapir: tribute

(Why? Modern Science and Technology)
Also:
Stephane Grappelli (Jazz violinists)
Jan 27
Wolfgang Mozart: tribute

(Why? Best of Classical Music)
Also:
Lewis Carroll (Best novels in English),
Elmore James (History of Blues Music),
James-Jerome Gibson (Modern Science and Technology)
Jan 28
Robert Wyatt: tribute

(Why? Best rock albums of all times)
Also:
Ernst Lubitsch (Best films of the 1930s),
Jackson Pollock (Art and Culture in the 20th Century),
Ismail Kadare (Best novels),
Sidonie Colette (Best novels in French),
Peter Schilling (History of Philosophy)
Ismail Kadare (Best novels of the 20th Century)
Jan 29
Anton Chekhov: tribute

(Why? Best theater)
Also:
Luigi Nono (20th Century Classical Music)
Jan 30
Douglas Engelbart tribute

(Why? Modern Science and Technology)
Jan 31
Franz Schubert: tribute

(Why? Best of Classical Music)
Also:
Philip Glass (20th Century Classical Music),
Kenzaburo Oe (Best novels)

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Selected by piero scaruffi