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A secular equivalent to the Catholic calendar of saints

(secular saints selected by piero scaruffi)

Nov 1
Hermann Broch: tribute

(Why? Best novels)
Jim Steinman: tribute

(Why? Best rock albums of the 1980s, Pandora's Box)
Nov 2
Odysseas Elytis: tribute

(Why? Greatest poets)
Also:
George Boole (History of Knowledge)
Nov 3
Vladimir Ussachevsky: tribute

(Why? 20th Century Classical Music)
Also:
Pandit Pran Nath (History of Indian Music)
Nov 4
Shakuntala Devi: tribute

(Why? Science in the 20th Century)
Nov 5
Sam Shepard: tribute

(Why? Best theater)
Also:
John Haldane (Sociobiology)
Nov 6
Robert Musil: tribute

(Why? Best novels)

Also:
Sasha Sokolov (Best Russian Novels),
Kurt Goldstein (Neuroscience)
Nov 7
Marie Curie : tribute

(Why? Modern Science and Technology)
Also:
Albert Camus (Best Novels of the 20th Century)
Nov 8
John Milton: tribute

(Why? Greatest poets)
Also:
Jack Kilby (History of Computing),
Gottlob Frege (History of Knowledge),
Kazuo Ishiguro (Best novels in English),
George Maciunas (Art and Culture in the 20th Century),
Joni Mitchell (Best albums of the 1970s)
Nov 9
Carl Sagan: tribute

(Why? Science and Technology in the 20th Century)
Also:
Velemir Khlebnikov (Best Russian Novels),
Imre Kertesz (Best Novels of the 20th Century)
Nov 10
Ennio Morricone: tribute

(Why? Best musicals)
Also:
Paul Bley (Best Jazz of the 1970s),
Friedrich Schiller (Best theater),
Jose Gorostiza (Greatest poets),
Martin Luther (History of Knowledge)
Nov 11
Fyodor Dostoevsky: tribute

(Why? Best novels)
Also:
Rene Clair (Best films of the 1940s),
Carlos Fuentes (Best Novels of the 20th Century), Kurt Vonnegut (Best novels in English), Hugh Everett (Modern Science and Technology, tribute)
Nov 12
Auguste Rodin: tribute

(Why? Best sculptors)
Also:
Neil Young (Best rock albums of the 1970s),
Roland Barthes (History of Knowledge)
Nov 13
James Maxwell: tribute

(Why? Modern Science and Technology)
Also:
Augustine of Hippo (History of Knowledge)
Nov 14
Claude Monet: tribute

(Why? Art and Culture in the 20th Century)
Also:
Carlo-Emilio Gadda (Best Novels),
Charles Lyell (History of Knowledge),
Leo Baekeland (Modern Science and Technology)
Nov 15
Georgia O'Keefe: tribute

(Why? Art and Culture in the 20th Century)
JG Ballard: tribute

(Why? Best English novels of all times)

Also:
Gerhart Hauptmann (Best theater)
Marianne Moore (poet)
Nov 16
Paul Hindemith: tribute

(Why? 20th Century Classical Music)
Jose Saramago: tribute

(Why? Best Novels of the 20th Century)
Also:
Michel Jouvet (Neuroscience of Dreams)
Nov 17
Martin Scorsese: tribute

(Why? Best films of the 1970s)
Also:
Lev Vygotsky (Psycholinguistics),
August Moebius (Modern Science and Technology)
Nov 18
Don Cherry: tribute

(Why? Best Jazz of the 1970s
Also:
Wyndham Lewis (Best novels in English),
Attilio Bertolucci (Greatest poets)
Nov 19
Ubu Roi: tribute

(Why? Art and Culture in the 20th Century)
Nov 20
Edwin Hubble: tribute

(Why? Modern Physics)
Meredith Monk: tribute

(Why? 20th Century Classical Music)
Also:
Nadine Gordimer (Best novels in English),
Don DeLillo (Best novels in English),
Benoit Mandelbrot (Modern Science and Technology)
Nov 21
Rene Magritte: tribute

(Why? Art and Culture in the 20th Century)
Also:
Voltaire (History of Knowledge),
Isaac Singer (Best novels in Hebrew/Yiddish),
Coleman Hawkins (Best Jazz of the 1940s),
Nov 22
George Eliot: tribute

(Why? Best novels in English)
Also:
Terry Gilliam (Best films of the 1980s),
Benjamin Britten (20th Century Classical Music),
Gunther Schuller (Best Jazz of the 1960s),
Andre Gide (Best Novels),
John Schwartz (Modern Science and Technology),
Nov 23
Krzysztof Penderecki: tribute

(Why? 20th Century Classical Music)
Also:
Alfred Schnittke (20th Century Classical Music),
Valdemar Poulsen (Modern Science and Technology),
Erte (A Visual History of the Visual Arts),
Manuel de Falla (20th Century Classical Music),
Julien Offray de La Mettrie (History of Knowledge)
Nov 24
Emir Kusturica: tribute

(Why? Best films of the 1990s)
Also:
Baruch Spinoza (History of Knowledge),
Arundati Roy (Best novels in English),
Scott Joplin (History of Early Jazz)
Nov 25
Felix Lope de Vega y Carpio: tribute

(Why? Greatest poets)
Also:
Jose-Maria Eca-de-Queiros (Best Portuguese Novels),
Karl Benz (Modern Science and Technology)
Nov 26
Norbert Wiener: tribute

(Why? Machine Intelligence)
Also:
Charles Schulz (Comics),
Eugene Ionesco (Best theater),
Tina Turner (Best singers),
Ferdinand Saussure (History of Knowledge)
Nov 27
Jimi Hendrix: tribute

(Why? Greatest Guitarists)
Nov 28
William Blake: tribute

(Why? Best Poetry of all Times)

Also:
Claude Levi-Strauss (History of Knowledge)
Nov 29
Busby Berkeley: tribute

(Why? Best films of the 1930s)

Also:
John Mayall (Best albums of the 1970s)
Emma Morano, the oldest person in the world
Nov 30
Terrence Malick: tribute

(Why? Best films of the 1970s)
Also:
Jonathan Swift (Best novels in English),
Mark Twain (Best novels in English),
Ridley Scott (Best films of the 1980s)

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Selected by piero scaruffi