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A secular equivalent to the Catholic calendar of saints

(secular saints selected by piero scaruffi)

Jul 1
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz: tribute

(Why? History of Knowledge)
Also:
Thomas Dorsey (History of Blues Music)
Willie Dixon (History of Blues Music)
Jul 2
Wislawa Szymborska: tribute

(Why? Polish literature)
Jul 3
Franz Kafka: tribute

(Why? Best novels of all times)
Leos Janacek: tribute

(Why? Best of Classical Music)
Also:
Alford Korzybski (Philosopher)
Mississippi John Hurt (History of Blues Music)
Jul 4
Thomas Nagel: tribute

(Why? Philosophy of Mind)
Also:
Charles Csuri (Art and Culture in the 20th Century)
Jul 5
Jean Cocteau: tribute

(Why? Best theater)
Also:
Ernst Mayr (Sociobiology)
Gerard 't Hooft (Modern Science and Technology),
Jul 6
Frida Kahlo: tribute

(Why? Art and Culture in the 20th Century)
Jul 7
Marc Chagall: tribute

(Why? Art and Culture in the 20th Century)
Gustav Mahler: tribute

(Why? Best of Classical Music)
Vittorio de Sica: tribute

(Why? Best films of the 1950s)
Also:
Joe Zawinul (Greatest keyboardists),
Ian Wilmut (Modern Science and Technology)
Jul 8
Philip Johnson: tribute

(Why? History of Architecture)
Also:
Louis Jordan (History of Rhythm'n'Blues Music)
Johnnie Johnson (Greatest keyboardists)
Jul 9
John Wheeler: tribute

(Why? Modern Science and Technology)
Jul 10
Giorgio DeChirico: tribute

(Why? Art and Culture in the 20th Century)
Marcel Proust: tribute

(Why? Best novels of the 20th century)
Also:
Nikola Tesla (Modern Science and Technology),
Jehan Cauvin/John Calvin (Theologian)
Jul 11
Luis de Gongora: tribute

(Why? Greatest poets)
Blind Lemon Jefferson: tribute

(Why? History of Blues Music)
Also:
Frank Rosenblatt (Artificial Intelligence)
Jul 12
Pablo Neruda: tribute

(Why? Greatest poets)
Richard Buckminster Fuller: tribute

(Why? Synergetics)
Also:
Henry-David Thoreau (Ethics)
Jul 13
Albert Ayler: tribute

(Why? Best Jazz of the 1960s),
Also:
Wole Soyinka (Best theater)
Jul 14
Ingmar Bergman: tribute

(Why? Best films of the 1950s)
Gustav Klimt: tribute

(Why? Greatest art of all times)
Also:
Woody Guthrie (Singer-songwriter)
Jul 15
Rembrandt van Rijn: tribute

(Why? Greatest art of all times)
Also:
Walter Benjamin (Philosopher)
Joe Harriott (Best Jazz of the 1960s),
Washboard Sam
(Why? History of Blues Music),
Jacques Derrida (History of Knowledge)
Jul 16
Anita Brookner: tribute

(Why? Best novels in English)
Also:
Miguel Indurain (Sport)
Jul 17
James Purdy: tribute

(Why? Best novels in English)
Also:
Christina Stead (Best novels in English),
Warren Weaver (History of Computing),
Donald Sutherland (Actor),
James Cagney (Actor),
Alexius Meinong (Philosopher),
Phoebe Snow (Singer)
Jul 18
Thomas Kuhn: tribute

(Why? History of Knowledge)
Nelson Mandela: tribute

(Why? History of Africa)
Also:
Yevgeny Yevtushenko (Best poetry of all times)
William Makepeace Thackeray (Best novels in English),
Hendrik Lorentz (Modern Science and Technology),
Screaming Jay Hawkins (History of Soul Music)
Jul 19
Herbert Marcuse: tribute

(Why? History of Knowledge)
Also:
Edgar Degas
Vladimir Mayakovsky
Jul 20
Gregor Mendel: tribute

(Why? Modern Science and Technology)
Francesco Petrarca: tribute

(Why? Greatest poets)
Cormac McCarthy: tribute

(Why? Best novels in English),
Also:
Nam June Paik (Art and Culture in the 20th Century),
Laszlo Moholy-Nagy (Visual History of the Visual Arts)
Jul 21
Bela Tarr: tribute

(Why? Best films of the 2000s)
Marshall McLuhan: tribute

(Why? Sociology)
Also:
Hart Crane (Greatest poets)
Jul 22
Donald Hebb: tribute

(Why? Neuroscience)
Jul 23
Steve Lacy: tribute

(Why? Best Jazz of the 1970s)
Jul 24
Ermanno Olmi: tribute

(Why? Best films of the 1960s)
Also:
Junichiro Tanizaki (Best novels in Japanese),
Frank Wedekind (Best theater),
Alphonse Mucha (Visual History of the Visual Arts)
Jul 25
Elias Canetti: tribute

(Why? Best novels of the 20th century)
Raul Ruiz: tribute

(Why? Best films of the 1970s
Jul 26
Stanley Kubrick: tribute

(Why? Best films of the 1960s)
Also:
Blake Edwards
(Why? Best films of the 1960s),
Mick Jagger (Greatest male singers
Carl Jung (Modern Science and Technology),
Antonio Machado (Greatest poets),
George Bernard Shaw (Best theater),
Aldous Huxley
(Science fiction),
James Lovelock (Ecological Realism)
Jul 27
Julien Gracq: tribute

(Why? Best novels of the 20th century)
Also:
Juliana Hatfield (Best rock albums of the 1990s),
Jean Baudrillard (History of Knowledge),
Bharati Mukherjee (Best novels in English)
Jul 28
John Ashbery: tribute

(Why? Greatest poets)
Also:
Marcel Duchamp (Art and Culture in the 20th Century),
Santiago Calatrava (History of Architecture),
Karl Popper (History of Knowledge),
Ludwig Feuerbach (History of Knowledge),
Ernst Cassirer (History of Knowledge)
Jul 29
Charlie Christian: tribute

(Why? Greatest guitarists)
Also:
Alexis Tocqueville (Historian)
Jul 30
Henry Moore: tribute

(Why? Art and Culture in the 20th Century)
Emily Bronte: tribute

(Why? Best novels of all times)
Also:
Buddy Guy (History of Blues Music)
Jul 31
John Searle: tribute

(Why? Philosophy of Mind)
Also:
Jean Dubuffet (Art and Culture in the 20th Century)
Hilary Putnam (Philosophy of Mind),
Milton Friedman (Economist)

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Selected by piero scaruffi