January 4

Isaac Newton, in full Sir Isaac Newton, born January 4, 1643, Woolsthorpe, Lincolnshire, England—died March 31, 1727, London

English physicist and mathematician, who was the culminating figure of the Scientific Revolution of the 17th century. In optics, his discovery of the composition of white light integrated the phenomena of colours into the science of light and laid the foundation for modern physical optics. In mechanics, his three laws of motion, the basic principles of modern physics, resulted in the formulation of the law of universal gravitation. In mathematics, he was the original discoverer of the infinitesimal calculus. Newton’s Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica was one of the most important single works in the history of modern science.

Never at Rest: A Biography of Isaac Newton by Richard S Westfall

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January 5

Umberto Eco, born: January 5, 1932, Alessandria, Italy—died February 19, 2016, Milan

Italian literary critic, novelist, and semiotician (student of signs and symbols) best known for his novel Il nome della rosa (1980; The Name of the Rose) - Strega Prize.

Notable works: Numero Zero, The Open Work, The Infinity of Lists

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January 5

Bradley Cooper, in full Bradley Charles Cooper, born January 5, 1975, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.

American actor, director and producer who first gained fame in comedic films and later had success in action and dramatic roles.

He has appeared in 4 Oscar Best Picture nominees: Silver Linings Playbook (2012), American Hustle (2013), American Sniper (2014), and A Star Is Born (2018) and given an Oscar-nominated performance in each.

A Star Is Born

Directed by Bradley Cooper Starring Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Andrew Dice Clay, Dave Chappelle, Sam Elliott

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January 7

Nicolas Cage, original name Nicholas Kim Coppola, born: January 7, 1964, Long Beach, California, U.S.

American actor, best known for his performances in action films and big-budget summer blockbusters. He received an Academy Award (1996) for his work in "Leaving Las Vegas". His other notable films include "Raising Arizona" (1987), "Moonstuck" (1987) opposite Cher, and David Lynch's "Wild at Heart" (1990) with Laura Dern.

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January 8

David Bowie, original name David Robert Jones, born: January 8, 1947, London, England—died January 10, 2016, New York, New York, U.S.

British singer, songwriter, and actor who was most prominent in the 1970s and best known for his shifting personae and musical genre hopping.

Strange Fascination: David Bowie - The Definitive Story

by David Buckley, 2005

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January 10

Rod Stewart, in full Roderick David Stewart, born: January 10, 1945, London, England

British singer and songwriter whose soulful, raspy voice graced rock and pop hits beginning in the late 1960s.

One of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold over 100 million records worldwide.

Rod: The Autobiography

by Rod Stewart

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January 12

Charles Perrault, born: January 12, 1628, Paris, France—died May 15/16, 1703, Paris

French poet, prose writer, and storyteller, a leading member of the Académie Française, Laid the foundations for a new literary genre, the fairy tale, with his works derived from pre-existing folk tales. The best known of his tales include Le Petit Chaperon rouge (Little Red Riding Hood), Cendrillon (Cinderella), Le Chat Botté (Puss in Boots), La Belle au bois dormant (The Sleeping Beauty) and La Barbe bleue (Bluebeard).

Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault

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Tales of Passed Times by Charles Perrault

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January 13

Orlando Bloom, in full Orlando Jonathan Blanchard Copeland Bloom was born on January 13, 1977 in Canterbury, Kent, England.

is an English actor. After having his breakthrough by starring in the "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, he rose through fame by further appearing in epic fantasy, historical epic and fantasy adventure films. His most famous roles include Legolas in the "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy and the "The Hobbit" trilogy, Will Turner in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" film series, Paris in "Troy" and Balian de Ibelin in "Kingdom of Heaven".

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January 14

Faye Dunaway, in full Dorothy Faye Dunaway, born: January 14, 1941, Bascom, Florida, U.S.

American actress known for her tense, absorbing performances. She won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the 1976 film "Network". Previously nominated for "Bonnie and Clyde" (1967) and "Chinatown" (1974).

She gave memorable performances in Barfly (1987), The Handmaid’s Tale (1990), and Arizona Dream (1993).

Looking for Gatsby by Faye Dunaway, Betsy Sharkey

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January 19

Dolly Parton, in full Dolly Rebecca Parton, born: January 19, 1946, Locust Ridge, Tennessee, U.S.

American country music singer, guitarist, and actress, best known for pioneering the interface between country and pop music styles.

Parton was born into a poor farming family, the fourth of 12 children. She displayed an aptitude and passion for music at an early age. 

Parton’s contributions to the arts and culture of the United States earned her numerous awards. She was named a Living Legend by the Library of Congress in 2004 for her enrichment of the American cultural heritage.

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January 19

Edgar Allan Poe, born: January 19, 1809, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.—died October 7, 1849, Baltimore, Maryland

American short-story writer, poet, critic, and editor - considered part of the American Romantic Movement, and best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre. Poe was one of the earliest American practitioners of the short story, and is generally considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre. His tale “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” (1841) initiated the modern detective story, and the atmosphere in his tales of horror is unrivaled in American fiction. His “The Raven” (1845) numbers among the best-known poems in the national literature.

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January 19

Paul Cézanne, born: January 19, 1839, Aix-en-Provence, France—died October 22, 1906, Aix-en-Provence

French artist and Post-Impressionist painter whose work laid the foundations of the transition from the 19th-century conception of artistic endeavour to a new and radically different world of art in the 20th century.

Cézanne’s art, misunderstood and discredited by the public during most of his life, grew out of Impressionism and eventually challenged all the conventional values of painting in the 19th century because of his insistence on personal expression and on the integrity of the painting itself, regardless of subject matter.

Art Documentary: Exhibition on Screen - Cezanne: Portraits of Life

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January 26

Paul Newman, in full Paul Leonard Newman, born: January 26, 1925, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.—died September 26, 2008, Westport, Connecticut

American actor and director whose striking good looks, intelligence, and charisma became hallmarks in a film career that spanned more than 50 years, during which time he became known for his compelling performances of iconic antiheroes. He was also active in a number of philanthropic endeavours.

His awards included an Academy Award for best actor for his performance in the 1986 Martin Scorsese film "The Color of Money" and eight other nominations, six Golden Globe Awards (including three honorary ones), a BAFTA Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Cannes Film Festival Award, an Emmy Award among others.

Paul Newman: A Life by Shawn Levy

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January 27

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, in full Johann Chrysostom Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, baptized as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, born: January 27, 1756, Salzburg, archbishopric of Salzburg —died December 5, 1791, Vienna

Austrian composer, widely recognized as one of the greatest composers in the history of Western music. With Haydn and Beethoven he brought to its height the achievement of the Viennese Classical school. Unlike any other composer in musical history, he wrote in all the musical genres of his day and excelled in every one. His taste, his command of form, and his range of expression have made him seem the most universal of all composers; yet, it may also be said that his music was written to accommodate the specific tastes of particular audiences.

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