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A secular equivalent to the Catholic calendar of saints

(secular saints selected by piero scaruffi)

Oct 1
Dave Holland: tribute

(Why? Best jazz albums of all times)
Also:
Fred Lonberg-Holm (Best string players of rock),
Mark Helias (Best jazz albums of the 1990s),
Walter Matthau (Best actors),
Vladimir Horowitz (greatest classical pianists)
Oct 2
Groucho Marx: tribute

(Why? Best films of the 1930s)
Mohandas Gandhi: tribute

(Why? History of India)
Also:
Wallace Stevens (The Best poetry of all times),
Alex Raymond (History of comic art),
Ray Tomlinson (History of computing),
Vernor Vinge (History of cyberculture),
Sting (Greatest rock singers)
Oct 3
Mikhail Lermontov: tribute

(Why? Best Russian Novels)
Steve Reich: tribute

(Why? 20th Century Classical Music)
Also:
Albert Collins (History of Blues Music),
Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac (Best rock albums of the 1970s)
Oct 4
John Atanasoff: tribute

(Why? History of computing)
Also:
Richard Rorty (History of Knowledge)
Oct 5
Louis Lumiere: tribute

(Why? Modern Science and Technology)
Also: Bill Dixon (Best jazz albums of the 1960s),
Jose Donoso (Best novels in Spanish)
Oct 6
Le Corbusier: tribute

(Why? History of Architecture)
Also:
Karol Szymanowski (20th Century Classical Music),
Oct 7
Niels Bohr: tribute

(Why? Modern Science and Technology)
Also:
Yo Yo Ma (greatest classical cellists)
John Cougar Mellencamp (Greatest rock singers)
Oct 8
Toru Takemitsu: tribute

(Why? 20th Century Classical Music)
Also:
Johnny Ramone (Best rock albums of the 1970s),
Marina Tsvetaeva (Russian literature)
Frank Herbert (Best science fiction novels),
Henrich Schutz (Greatest vocal music)
Oct 9
Jacques Tati: tribute

(Why? Best films of the 1960s)
Also:
Tadeusz Rozewicz (Best Poetry),
Karl Schwarzschild (Modern Science and Technology),
Ivo Andric (Best Serbocroatian novels )
Charles-Camille Saint-saens (Best symphonies),
John Lennon (Best songs),
Peter Tosh (History of Reggae Music),
Al Jourgensen of Ministry (Best rock albums of the 1980s),
Jackson Browne (Best rock albums of the 1970s),
P.J. Harvey (Greatest rock singers)
Oct 10
Thelonious Monk: tribute

(Why? Best jazz albums of the 1950s)
Giuseppe Verdi: tribute

(Why? Best of Classical Music)
Also:
Harold Pinter (Best theater),
Andrea Zanzotto (The Best poetry of all times),
Alberto Giacometti (Art and Culture in the 20th Century),
Neneh Cherry (Greatest rock singers)
Oct 11
Art Blakey: tribute

(Why? Best jazz albums of the 1960s)
Also:
Henri Bergson (History of Knowledge)
Oct 12
Eugenio Montale: tribute

(Why? The Best poetry of all times)
Also:
Luciano Pavarotti (greatest opera singers),
Cesar Pelli (History of Architecture),
Ralph Vaughan Williams (Best symphonies)
Oct 13
Art Tatum: tribute

(Why? Greatest pianists of jazz)
Also:
Pharoah Sanders (Best jazz albums of the 1960s),
Lee Konitz (Best jazz albums of the 1940s)
Oct 14
LaMonte Young: tribute

(Why? 20th Century Classical Music)
Also:
Hannah Arendt (philosopher)
Oct 15
Friedrich Nietzsche: tribute

(Why? History of Knowledge)
Italo Calvino: tribute

(Why? Greatest novels of the 20th century)
Also:
Agustina Bessa-Luis (Best Portuguese Novels),
Milorad Pavic (Greatest novels of the 20th century),
Mikhail Lermontov (Best Russian Novels),
Michel Foucault (History of Knowledge),
John Kenneth Galbraith (Milestone books in Economics)
Oct 16
Christa Paffgen "Nico": tribute

(Why? Best rock albums of all times)
Oscar Wilde: tribute

(Why? Best theater)
Eugene O'Neill: tribute

(Why? Best theater)
Oct 17
Arthur Miller: tribute

(Why? Best theater)
Also:
Miguel Delibes (Best novels in Spanish),
Georg Buchner (Best theater)
Oct 18
Chuck Berry: tribute

(Why? History of Rock Music)
Also:
Henri Bergson (History of Knowledge),
Heinrich Kleist (Best theater),
Wynton Marsalis (Greatest trumpet players of jazz),
Laura Nyro (Greatest rock singers)
Oct 19
Auguste Lumiere: tribute

(Why? Modern Science and Technology)
Also: John LeCarre (Best novels in English)
Oct 20
Arthur Rimbaud: tribute

(Why? The Best poetry of all times)
Charles Ives: tribute

(Why? Best symphonies)
Also:
Mario Luzi (The Best poetry of all times),
Elfriede Jelinek (Best Novels of the 20th Century),
Fredrick Bartlett (Modern Science and Technology),
John Dewey (History of Knowledge),
Tom Petty (Best rock albums of the 1970s),
Jelly Roll Morton (Greatest pianists of jazz)
Oct 21
Dizzie Gillespie: tribute

(Why? Greatest trumpet players of jazz)
Also:
Julian Cope (Best rock albums of the 1980s),
Samuel Taylor Coleridge (English literature),
Alphonse Lamartine (French literature),
Alfred Nobel (Modern Science and Technology),
Oswald Avery (Modern Science and Technology)
Oct 22
Franz Liszt: tribute

(Why? Best piano sonatas)
Also:
Georges Brassens (Pop music),
Catherine Deneuve (Best actors)
Oct 23
Edson Arantes do Nascimento "Pele": tribute

(Why? Greatest sport champions)
Oct 24
Sofia Gubaidulina: tribute

(Why? Best of Classical Music)
Oct 25
Pablo Picasso: tribute

(Why? Greatest art of all times)
Also:
John Berryman (English literature)
Oct 26
Don Siegel: tribute

(Why? Best films of the 1970s)
Also:
Andrey Bely (Best Novels of the 20th Century),
Mahalia Jackson (History of Blues Music),
Domenico Scarlatti (Best piano sonatas)
Oct 27
Sylvia Plath: tribute

(Why? Best novels in English)
Also:
Roy Lichtenstein (Art and Culture in the 20th Century),
Dylan Thomas (English literature),
Niccolo Paganini (Best violin concertos)
Oct 28
Jonas Salk tribute

(Why? Modern Science and Technology)
Francis Bacon: tribute

(Why? Art and Culture in the 20th Century)
Oct 29
Jean Giraudoux: tribute

(Why? Best theater)
Also:
Carl Djerassi (Modern Science and Technology),
Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac (Greatest Guitarists)
Oct 30
Paul Valery: tribute

(Why? The Best poetry of all times)
Ezra Pound: tribute

(Why? The Best poetry of all times)
Also:
Grace Slick tribute (Greatest rock singers)
Oct 31
Zaha Hadid: tribute

(Why? History of Architecture)
Cristoforo Colombo: tribute

(Why? History of Knowledge)
Johannes Vermeer: tribute

(Why? Greatest art of all times)
John Keats: tribute

(Why? The Best poetry of all times)
Also:
Neal Stephenson (Best science fiction novels)
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Selected by piero scaruffi