February 18

John Travolta, in full John Joseph Travolta, born: February 18, 1954, Englewood, New Jersey, U.S.

American actor and singer who was a cultural icon of the 1970s with roles in Saturday Night Fever (1977), which precipitated the disco phenomenon on both sides of the Atlantic, and Grease (1978). Though his career declined throughout the 1980s, he experienced a resurgence in the 1990s with films like Pulp Fiction (1994) and later films such as Wild Hogs (2007) and Hairspray (2007).

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Grease directed by Randal Kleiser

featuring John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing, Jeff Conaway, Didi Conn, Eve Arden

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February 12

Charles Darwin, in full Charles Robert Darwin, born: February 12, 1809, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England—died April 19, 1882, Downe, Kent

English naturalist whose scientific theory of evolution by natural selection became the foundation of modern evolutionary studies.

An affable country gentleman, Darwin at first shocked religious Victorian society by suggesting that animals and humans shared a common ancestry. However, his nonreligious biology appealed to the rising class of professional scientists, and by the time of his death evolutionary imagery had spread through all of science, literature, and politics.

On The Origin Of Species by Charles Darwin

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February 11

Thomas Edison, in full Thomas Alva Edison, born: February 11, 1847, Milan, Ohio, U.S.—died October 18, 1931, West Orange, New Jersey

American inventor whose discoveries changed life for ever and ushered in the electric age. His inventions included the phonograph, the electric light bulb, the electric power industry and motion pictures. He holds an incredible 1,093 US patents in his name.

 

February 11

Jennifer Aniston, in full Jennifer Joanna Aniston, born: February 11, 1969, Sherman Oaks, California, U.S.

American actress who achieved stardom on the popular television sitcom Friends (1994–2004) and launched a successful film career.

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February 10

Boris Leonidovich Pasternak, born: February 10, 1890, Moscow, Russia—died May 30, 1960, Peredelkino, near Moscow

Russian poet whose novel Doctor Zhivago won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1958 but aroused so much opposition in the Soviet Union that he declined the honour.

Boris Pasternak's masterpiece brings to life the drama and immensity of the Russian Revolution through the story of the gifted physician-poet, Zhivago - the novel became an international best seller.

Doctor Zhivago

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Movie: directed by Giacomo Campiotti

featuring Keira Knightley, Hans Matheson, Sam Neill, Kris Marshall

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February 8

Jules Verne, born: February 8, 1828, Nantes, France—died March 24, 1905, Amiens

Prolific French author whose writings laid much of the foundation of modern science fiction.

Verne is considered a major literary author in France and most of Europe, where he has had a wide influence on the literary avant-garde and on surrealism.

His most famous novels: "Around the World in 80 Days", “A Journey to the Centre of the Earth”, “The Mysterious Island”, “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea”, “From the Earth to the Moon”, “Five Weeks in a Balloon”.

Around the World in Eighty Days

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