September 2

Keanu Reeves, whose first name means "cool breeze over the mountains" in Hawaiian, born: September 2, 1964, Beirut, Lebanon

Born in Beirut to an American father and an English mother, but identifying as Canadian, Reeves is perhaps best recognized for his role as Neo in The Matrix series (1999-2003), but has appeared in several high profile films such as the Bill and Ted franchise (1989-1991), Speed (1994), Dangerous Liaisons (1988) and My Own Private Idaho (1991).

His later film roles include the John Wick films and The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008).

Keanu Reeves’ Excellent Adventure: An Unauthorized Autobiography (August, 2020) by Marc Shapiro

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Movie: John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) directed by Chad Stahelski

featuring Keanu Reeves, Ian McShane, Halle Berry

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September 5

Freddie Mercury, original name Farrokh Bulsara, born: September 5, 1946, Stone Town, Zanzibar (now in Tanzania)—died November 24, 1991, Kensington, London, England

British rock singer and songwriter whose flamboyant showmanship and powerfully agile vocals, most famously for the band Queen, made him one of rock’s most dynamic front men.

Freddie Mercury: A Life, In His Own Words

by Freddie Mercury

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Movie: Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

directed by Bryan Singer

featuring Rami Malek, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joe Mazzello, Lucy Boynton

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September 10

Colin Firth, in full Colin Andrew Firth, born: September 10, 1960, Grayshott, Hampshire, England

British film, television, and theatre actor especially known for his portrayals of aloof characters who gradually shed their reserve to become emotionally available, notably Mr. Darcy in a television adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice (1995) and the future king George VI in The King’s Speech (2010).

His film roles have earned more than $3 billion from 42 releases worldwide. He has received an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, a BAFTA and three Screen Actors Guild Awards, as well as the Volpi Cup.

Colin Firth: The Biography by Alison Maloney

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The King's Speech (2010) directed by Tom Hooper

featuring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Jennifer Ehle

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September 11

O. Henry, pseudonym of William Sydney Porter, original name William Sidney Porter, born: September 11, 1862, Greensboro, North Carolina, U.S.—died June 5, 1910, New York, New York

American, one of the world's great short-story writers whose tales romanticized the commonplace—in particular the life of ordinary people in New York City. His stories expressed the effect of coincidence on character through humour, grim or ironic, and often had surprise endings. 

The Best Short Stories of O. Henry (More than 600 stories written by O. Henry)

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September 13,

Daniel Defoe, born: September 13, 1660, London, Eng.—died April 24, 1731, London

English novelist, pamphleteer, and journalist, author of Robinson Crusoe (1719–22) and Moll Flanders (1722).

He is notable for being one of the earliest proponents of the novel, as he helped to popularise the form in Britain, and is among the founders of the English novel.

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

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The Daniel Defoe BBC Radio Drama Collection: Robinson Crusoe, Moll Flanders & A Journal of the Plague Year

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September 15

Agatha Christie, in full Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, née Miller, born: September 15, 1890, Torquay, Devon, England—died January 12, 1976, Wallingford, Oxfordshire

English detective novelist and playwright whose books have sold more than 100 million copies and have been translated into some 100 languages.

She is best known for her series of crime books featuring detectives Hercules Poirot and Miss Marple.

Agatha Christie: An Autobiography by Agatha Christie

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September 20

Sophia Loren, original name Sofia Villani Scicolone, born: September 20, 1934, Rome, Italy

Italian film actress who rose above her poverty-stricken origins in postwar Naples to become universally recognized as one of Italy’s most beautiful women and its most famous movie star.

Her deglamorized performance as Cesira in Vittorio De Sica's "Two Women" earned her the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1962 and made her the first artist to win an Oscar for a foreign-language performance.

Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow My Life

by Sophia Loren

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September 21

Stephen King, in full Stephen Edwin King, born: September 21, 1947, Portland, Maine, U.S.

American novelist and short-story writer whose books were credited with reviving the genre of horror fiction in the late 20th century. His books have sold more than 350 million copies and many of them have been adapted into feature films, television movies and comic books. Many of his stories are set in his home state of Maine.

The Institute

by Stephen King

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If It Bleeds (2020) by Stephen King

September 22

Andrea Bocelli, born: September 22, 1958, Lajatico, near Pisa, Italy

Italian tenor noted for his unique blend of opera and pop music. 

Sacred Arias, the biggest-selling classical crossover album by a solo artist of all time. Romanza, the best-selling album by an Italian artist of any genre in history.

Music: Sì Forever (The Diamond Edition)

Andrea Bocelli

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Book: The Music of Silence by Andrea Bocelli

Bocelli tells his own story in the form of an autobiographical novel.

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September 23

Ray Charles, original name Ray Charles Robinson, born: September 23, 1930, Albany, Georgia, U.S.—died June 10, 2004, Beverly Hills, California

American pianist, singer, composer, and bandleader, a leading black entertainer billed as “the Genius.” Charles was credited with the early development of soul music, a style based on a melding of gospel, rhythm and blues, and jazz music. Hits: "Hit the Road, Jack", "Georgia on My Mind" and "I Can't Stop Loving You"...

Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story by David Ritz, Ray Charles

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Music: Ray Charles Forever CD by Ray Charles

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September 23

Bruce Springsteen, born: September 23, 1949, Freehold, New Jersey, U.S.

American singer, songwriter, and bandleader who became the archetypal rock performer of the 1970s and ’80s.

His commercial sales, with famous albums such as Born to Run (1975) and Born in the USA (1984), have reached over 120 million sold. In 2016 he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.

Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen

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Music: Greatest Hits

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Music 2020: Letter To You

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September 29

Miguel de Cervantes, in full Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, born: September 29?, 1547, Alcalá de Henares, Spain—died April 22, 1616, Madrid

Spanish novelist, playwright, and poet, the creator of Don Quixote (1605, 1615) and the most important and celebrated figure in Spanish literature. 

Author of "Don Quixote", considered to be the first modern European novel and a classic of Western literature. It is regarded amongst the best works of fiction ever written.

His influence on the Spanish language has been so great that the language is often called la lengua de Cervantes ("the language of Cervantes").

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