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A secular equivalent to the Catholic calendar of saints

(secular saints selected by piero scaruffi)

Mar 1
Fryderyk Chopin: tribute

(Why? Best of Classical Music)
Also:
Sandro Botticelli (Greatest art of all times),
Oskar Kokoschka (Art and Culture in the 20th Century)
Mar 2
Lou Reed: tribute

(Why? Best rock albums of all times)
Also:
Alfred Lotka (Quantum Consciousness),
Alexander Oparin (Modern Science and Technology)
Mar 3
James Merrill: tribute

(Why? Best Poetry of all Times)
Also:
Alexander Bell (Modern Science and Technology),
Georg Cantor (History of Knowledge)
Mar 4
Antonio Vivaldi: tribute

(Why? Best of Classical Music)
Also:
George Gamow (Modern Science and Technology)
Mar 5
Pierpaolo Pasolini : tribute

(Why? Best Poetry of all Times)
Also:
Etienne-Jules Marey (inventor of cinema, aviation and cardiology)
Mar 6
Michelangelo Buonarroti: tribute

(Why? Greatest art of all times)
Gabriel Garcia-Marquez: tribute
(Why? Greatest novels of the 20th century)
Also:
Andrzej Wajda (Best films of the 1950s),
Wes Montgomery (Best jazz albums of the 1960s),
Valentina Tereshkova (first female cosmonaut)
Mar 7
Maurice Ravel: tribute

(Why? Best of Classical Music),
Georges Perec: tribute

(Why? Best novels in French)
Also:
Piet Mondrian (Art and Culture in the 20th Century),
Mar 8
Yuri Gagarin: tribute

(Why? Modern Science and Technology)
Also:
Alan Hovhaness (20th Century Classical Music),
Anselm Kiefer (A Visual History of the Visual Arts)
Mar 9
Ornette Coleman: tribute

(Why? Best jazz albums of all times)
Mar 10
Bix Beiderbecke: tribute

(Why? History of Jazz Music)
Mar 11
Leroy Jenkins: tribute

(Why? Best Jazz of the 1970s),
Also:
Torquato Tasso (Greatest poets),
Henry Cowell (20th Century Classical Music),
Joseph Licklider ( Cyberculture and Hacker Culture ),
Vannevar Bush ( Cyberculture and Hacker Culture )
Mar 12
George Berkeley: tribute

(Why? History of Philosophy)
Also:
Anish Kapoor (A Visual History of the Visual Arts)
Mar 13
Giorgos Seferis: tribute

(Why? Greatest poets)
Also:
Charles Bonnet (History of Knowledge)
Mar 14
Albert Einstein: tribute

(Why? Modern Science and Technology)
Also:
Michael Caine (Greatest actors),
Maurice Merleau-Ponty (History of Knowledge)
Mar 15
Lightnin' Hopkins: tribute

(Why? History of the Blues)
Also:
David Cronenberg (Best films of the 1980s),
Stomu Yamash'ta (Greatest drummers),
Ry Cooder (Best rock albums of the 1970s),
Mar 16
Bernardo Bertolucci: tribute

(Why? Best films of the 1970s)
Also:
Jerry Lewis (Best films of the 1960s)
Mar 17
William Gibson: tribute

(Why? Cyberculture and Hacker Culture )
Also:
Gottlieb Daimler (Modern Science and Technology),
Nat King Cole (History of Pop Music)
Mar 18
Stephane Mallarme: tribute

(Why? Greatest poets)
Also:
John Updike (Best novels in English),
Wilson Pickett (History of Soul Music)
Mar 19
Lennie Tristano: tribute

(Why? Best jazz albums of all times)
Also:
Sergei Diaghilev (Art and Culture in the 20th Century),
Philip Roth (Best novels in English)
Mar 20
Friedrich Hoelderlin: tribute

(Why? Greatest poets)
Also:
Henrik Ibsen (Best theater),
Burrhus Skinner (Neuroscience),
Mar 21
Johann-Sebastian Bach: tribute

(Why? Best of Classical Music)
Also:
Modest Mussorgsky (Best of Classical Music),
Otis Spann (History of Blues Music),
Joseph Fourier (History of Knowledge)
Mar 22
Yayoi Kusama: tribute

(Why? Art and Culture in the 20th Century),
Also:
Stephen Sondheim (History of the Musical) tribute
Marcel Marceau (mime)
Mar 23
Akira Kurosawa: tribute

(Why? Best films of the 1950s),
Michael Nyman: tribute

(Why? 20th Century Classical Music)
Also: (20th Century Classical Music),
Wernher von Braun (Modern Science and Technology),
PierreSimon LaPlace (History of Knowledge),
Erich Fromm (psychiatrist)
Mar 24
Ub Iwerks: tribute

(Why? Comics)
Dario Fo: tribute

(Why? Best theater)
Also:
Harry Houdini (magician)
Mar 25
Cecil Taylor: tribute

(Why? Best jazz albums of all times)
Also:
Paul Motian (Best Jazz of the 1970s),
Bela Bartok (Best of Classical Music),
Aretha Franklin (History of Soul Music)
Mar 26
Pierre Boulez: tribute

(Why? 20th Century Classical Music)
Also:
Tennessee Williams (Best theater),
Richard Dawkins (History of Knowledge)
Mar 27
Quentin Tarantino: tribute

(Why? Best films of the 1990s)
Also:
Mstislav Rostropovich (cellist),
Gloria Swanson (Greatest actors)
Mar 28
Mario Vargas-Llosa: tribute

(Why? Best novels in Spanish)
Bohumil Hrabal: tribute

(Why? Best novels in Czech)
Also:
Maxim Gorky (Best Russian Novels)
Mar 29
Kenneth Craik: tribute

(Why? History of Cognitive Psychology)
Mar 30
Vincent VanGogh tribute

(Why? Greatest art of all times)
Also:
Francisco Goya: (Greatest art of all times),
Paul Verlaine (Greatest poets),
Sonny Boy Williamson (History of Blues Music),
Eric Clapton (Greatest Guitarists)
Mar 31
Rene Descartes: tribute

(Why? Philosophy of Mind)
Octavio Paz: tribute

(Why? Greatest poets)
Also:
Joseph Haydn (Best of Classical Music)
Nikolai Gogol (Best Russian Novels)

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Selected by piero scaruffi