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1. Henry VIII

Soundtrack | L'âge des ténèbres

Established the Church of England on November 3, 1534 after Pope Leo X rejected his petitions to annul his marriage to Catherine of Aragon, daughter of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain, and widow of Henry's brother, Arthur. He argued for an annulment by claiming she and Arthur had ...

2. Peter Paul Rubens

Art Department | Sister Wendy at the Norton Simon Museum

Peter Paul Rubens was born on June 28, 1577 in Siegen, Nassau-Dillenburg, Holy Roman Empire. He is known for his work on Sister Wendy at the Norton Simon Museum (2002) and Visnews (1962). He died on May 30, 1640 in Antwerp, Spanish Netherlands [now Belgium].

3. Rembrandt van Rijn

Art Department | Five Revolutionary Painters

Rembrandt van Rijn was born on July 15, 1606 in Leiden, Dutch Republic as Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn. He is known for his work on Five Revolutionary Painters (1959), Rembrandt (1962) and Rembrandt (1976). He was married to Saskia van Uylenburgh. He died on October 4, 1669 in Amsterdam, Dutch ...

4. Jean de La Fontaine

Writer | La cicala e la formica

Born in July 8, 1621, in Château-Thierry (Champagne, France), where his father was in charge of Water, Forests and Hunting, Jean de la Fontaine spent his whole childhood and adolescence in the countryside, where he mainly studied Latin language. In 1641, he moved to Paris to continue his study at ...

5. Nicola Francesco Haym

Writer | The Metropolitan Opera HD Live

Italian composer, librettist and theatre manager. According to his obituary in The Weekly Medley (9 August 1729), he was "deservedly famous for divinely touching the Violoncello," manifested "Genius for Musick as a Composer, ... devoted several Hours daily to the Belles-Lettres," and "was Secretary...

8. Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Soundtrack | The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Jean-Jacques Rousseau was born on June 28, 1712 in Geneva, Switzerland. He was a writer, known for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969), Le Gai Savoir (1969) and 4 Days in France (2016). He was married to Thérése Levasseur. He died on July 2, 1778 in Ermenonville, France.

9. Christoph Willibald Gluck

Soundtrack | Slumdog Millionaire

Young Gluck was a singer in a church choir and thus decided to study music in Prague although his parents wanted him to work in the forest. Having to earn his own money he worked as a part-time musician and finished his studies in Milan where he wrote his first Italian style opera. Impressing the ...

10. Louise de France

Writer | Movies for Louise

Was one of the daughters of Louis XV.

11. Friedrich G. Klopstock

Writer | Satana

At the age of 67, he married his first wife's niece.

16. Luigi Romanelli

Writer | La pietra del paragone

Italian librettist employed at Teatro alla Scala di Milano.

18. Frederick Marryat

Writer | Midshipman Easy

Made a Companion of The Order of the Bath 1826

20. Friedrich Silcher

Soundtrack | Das Boot

Had two daughters and a son with his wife, Luise.

21. Henry David Thoreau

Writer | New Walden

David Henry Thoreau was born on July 12, 1817, in Concord, Massachusetts. He was the youngest of three children to John and Synthia Thoreau. He studied at Harvard from 1822-1837, majoring in English. Thoreau was a companion of Ralph Aldo Emerson, who patronized him and introduced him to some of the...

23. William Makepeace Thackeray

Writer | Barry Lyndon

William Makepeace Thackeray was born on July 18, 1811 in Calcutta, Bengal Presidency, British India. He was a writer, known for Barry Lyndon (1975), Pierscien i róza (1987) and Vanity Fair (1932). He was married to Isabella Gethin Shawe. He died on December 24, 1863 in London, England.

24. Stephen Foster

Soundtrack | Batman

Stephen Foster was America's first professional songwriter of note. He was born in Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania, and developed musical talent early in his life, while still young beginning to compose in the style of Negro minstrel music of the day. His first hit as a professional songwriter was "Oh!...

25. Nathaniel Hawthorne

Writer | Graves and Goblins

Grandfather to children's biography writer and poet Hildegarde Hawthorne, daughter of Julian Hawthorne-Oskison (1871-1934).

27. Iginio Ugo Tarchetti

Writer | Passione d'amore

His second name Ugo was a tribute to the poet and writer Ugo Foscolo.

34. Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot

Art Department | Sister Wendy at the Norton Simon Museum

Considered a pivotal figure in landscape painting. His works are part of the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Hermitage, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Louvre, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Musée d'Orsay, the Museu de Artes, the Museum of Fine...

36. George Sand

Writer | Leoni Leo

In 1840 her son, Maurice Dudevant-Sand chose an artistic path and became the student of renowned French painter Édouard Delacroix and produced some books of drawings.

37. Henryk Wieniawski

Soundtrack | The Help

Virtuoso violinist and composer of note.

39. Franz von Kobell

Writer | Das Tor zum Paradies

Was the eldest son of the famous landscape painter Wilhelm Kobell.

40. Martha Roosevelt

Self | Mysteries at the Museum

Martha Roosevelt was born on July 8, 1835 in Hartford, Connecticut, USA as Martha Bullock Roosevelt. She was married to Theodore Roosevelt Sr. She died on February 14, 1884 in New York City, New York, USA.

42. Emma Lazarus

Writer | American Experience

Poet Emma Lazarus was born into a wealthy family in New York City on July 22, 1849. Her first book of poems, "Poems and Translations", was published in 1867, when she was just 18. Renowned author Ralph Waldo Emerson was impressed with her work and praised it, and her next book, "Admetus and Other ...

43. Christian Molbech

Writer | Âme d'artiste

Danish author and poet.

47. Nikolay Chernyshevskiy

Writer | Che fare?

Chernyshevskiy (often simplified to Chernyshevsky) began his life as a bright young Russian thinker who sympathized with the impoverished masses in the old Tsarist Russian Empire and who opposed the Russian "establishment." He got his degree from St Petersburg University in 1850 and then taught ...

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