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A secular equivalent to the Catholic calendar of saints

(secular saints selected by piero scaruffi)

May 1
Santiago Ramon y Cajal: tribute

(Why? Modern Science and Technology)
Also:
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Wes Anderson
Glenn Ford
Carver Mead
May 2
Satyajit Ray: tribute

(Why? Best films of the 1950s)
Also:
Gottfried Benn
Alessandro Scarlatti
D'Arcy Thompson
Link Wray
May 3
James Brown: tribute

(Why? History of Blues Music)
Also:
Steven Weinberg
May 4
Amos Oz: tribute

(Why? Best Middle Eastern novels)
Also:
Graham Swift
Dick Dale
May 5
Soren Kierkegaard: tribute

(Why? History of Knowledge)
Also:
Karl Marx
May 6
Orson Welles: tribute

(Why? Best films of all times)
Also:
Donald Broadbent
Sigmund Freud
May 7
Rabindranath Tagore: tribute

(Why? Greatest poets)
Also:
Brahms
Tchaikovsky
Robert Browning
May 8
Thomas Pynchon: tribute

(Why? Best novels of all times)
Also:
Keith Jarrett
Robert Johnson
May 9
Gregory Bateson: tribute

(Why? Modern Science and Technology)
Also:
Manfred Eigen
Carlo Maria Giulini
Charles Simic
May 10
Benito Perez-Galdos: tribute

(Why? Best novels in Spanish)
Also:
Donovan
Fred Astaire
May 11
Salvador Dali: tribute

(Why? Greatest art of all times)
Also:
Carla Bley
Richard Feynman
Irving Berlin
King Oliver
May 12
Frank Stella: tribute

(Why? Art and Culture in the 20th Century)
Also:
Katharine Hepburn
Krishna Chandra Bhattacharyya
Steve Winwood
May 13
Georges Braque: tribute

(Why? Art and Culture in the 20th Century)
Also:
Roger Zelazny
Gil Evans
Stevie Wonder
May 14
Lou Harrison: tribute

(Why? 20th Century Classical Music)
Also:
Richard Estes
David Byrne
Sidney Bechet
George Lucas
Jack Bruce
May 15
Brian Eno: tribute

(Why? 20th Century Classical Music)
Also:
Arthur Schnitzler
Mikhail Bulgakov
Max Frisch
May 16
Mario Monicelli: tribute

(Why? Best films of the 1950s)
Tamara De Lempicka: tribute

(Why? History of Visual Arts)
Also:
Ivan Sutherland
Robert Fripp
Kenji Mizoguchi
Henry Fonda
May 17
Erik Satie: tribute

(Why? 20th Century Classical Music)
Also:
Taj Mahal
Enya
May 18
Bertrand Russell: tribute

(Why? History of Knowledge)
Also:
Frank Capra
Winfried Georg Sebald
Walter Gropius
Rudolf Carnap
Big Joe Turner
May 19
Pete Townshend: tribute

(Why? Best rock albums of the 1960s)
Also:
Johann Fichte
Nishida Kitaro
May 20
Honore Balzac: tribute

(Why? Best novels in French)
Also:
John Stuart Mill
May 21
Henri Rousseau: tribute

(Why? Greatest art of all times)
Also:
Fats Waller
Andrei Sakharov
Alexander Pope
May 22
Richard Wagner: tribute

(Why? Best of Classical Music)
Sun Ra tribute

(Why? Best jazz albums of all times)
Also:
Laurence Olivier
May 23
John Bardeen: tribute

(Why? Modern Science and Technology)
Also:
Robert Moog
Edward Lorenz
Charles Morris
May 24
Archie Shepp: tribute

(Why? Best Jazz of the 1970s)
Bob Dylan: tribute

(Why? Best rock albums of all times)
Also:
Josif Brodsky
George Lakoff
May 25
Theodore Roethke: tribute

(Why? History of English literature)
Also:
Raymond Carver
May 26
Miles Davis: tribute

(Why? Best jazz albums of all times)
Also:
May 27
Louis-Ferdinand Celine: tribute

(Why? Best novels in French)
May 28
Gyorgy Ligeti: tribute

(Why? 20th Century Classical Music)
Also:
T-Bone Walker
May 29
Iannis Xenakis: tribute

(Why? 20th Century Classical Music)
Also:
Josef von Sternberg
Oswald Spengler
Peter Higgs
May 30
Howard Hawks: tribute

(Why? Best films of the 1940s)
Also:
Pauline Oliveros
Alexander Archipenko
May 31
Walt Whitman: tribute

(Why? Greatest poets)

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Selected by piero scaruffi