"Rise and demand; you are a burning flame.
You are sure to conquer there where the final horizon
Becomes a drop of blood, a drop of life,
Where you will carry the universe on your shoulders,
Where the universe will bear your hope."
Happy birthday Miguel Ángel Asturias!
Miguel Ángel Asturias (October 19, 1899—June 9, 1974) was a Guatemalan novelist, poet, politician, diplomat, and journalist. He is remembered for bringing Guatemala into the eye of mainstream Western cultures. He wrote on the effects of North American agricultural companies on Guatemala, on the mistreatment of indigenous cultures, and on the dictatorships of Latin America. He won the 1967 Nobel Prize for Literature for his novel Hombres de Maize (1949).
Happy birthday Rita Hayworth!
Rita Hayworth (October 17, 1918—May 14, 1987) was an American actress and dancer. She appeared in over 60 films throughout her career. Some of her most notable films were ones in which she danced opposite Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly. Some of her films include Only Angels Have Wings (1939), The Strawberry Blonde (1941), and Gilda (1946).
"How can a woman be expected to be happy with a man who insists on treating her as if she were a perfectly normal human being?"
Happy birthday Oscar Wilde!
Wilde (October 16, 1854—November 30, 1900) was an Irish author, playwright, poet, and journalist. He is perhaps best known for his only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890). He also wrote several successful plays, but became more notorious at the time for prosecuting his lover's father for libel, ultimately resulting in his own imprisonment.
"There are no facts, only interpretations."
Happy birthday Friedrich Nietzsche!
Nietzsche (October 15, 1844—August 25, 1900) was a Prussian-born philologist, philosopher and author. He wrote many essays, poems, and other works on the Apollonian/Dionysian dichotomy, perspectivism, the Will to Power, the "death of God", the Übermensch, and eternal recurrence.
"To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting."
Happy birthday E. E. Cummings!
E.E. Cummings (October 14, 1894—September 3, 1962) was an American poet, playwright, author, and artist. His work became particularly popular in the 1940s and 1950s for its experimental use of punctuation, spacing, and syntax. He is widely considered one of the most important poets of the 20th century.
"You want to be a writer, don't know how or when? Find a quiet place, use a humble pen."
Happy birthday Paul Simon!
Paul Simon (October 13, 1941) is an American musician and songwriter perhaps best known as part of the popular folk music duo Simon & Garfunkel, along with Art Garfunkel. Simon wrote most of the duo's songs, including hit singles like "Bridge Over Troubled Water," "The Sound of Silence," "Mrs. Robinson," and "America." Simon & Garfunkel split in 1970, and Simon went on to pursue a very successful solo career which spawned popular albums like Graceland and Still Crazy After All These Years. For his considerable contributions to American popular music, Simon has won 13 Grammy Awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award, and was named by TIME magazine in their 2006 list, "100 People Who Shaped the World."
Happy birthday Luciano Pavarotti!
Luciano Pavarotti (October 12, 1935—September 6, 2007) was an Italian operatic tenor. He became perhaps the most commercially successful opera singer of the latter half of the 20th century. In addition to being world-renown in his craft, he also became a spokesman for peace and other humanitarian efforts, working with the UN, the Red Cross, and other organizations to raise money and awareness.
Happy birthday Daryl Hall!
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Daryl Hall (born October 11, 1946) is an American musician, producer, and songwriter. He is best known as the lead vocalist, guitarist, and keyboardist of the duo Hall & Oates. Some of the duo's hit singles include "Rich Girl," "Kiss on My List," "Private Eyes," "I Can't Go for That," "Maneater," and "Out of Touch."
"Music is everybody's possession. It's only publishers who think that people own it."
Happy birthday John Lennon!
John Lennon (October 9, 1940–Decemeber 8, 1980) was an English musician and a founding member of The Beatles. Along with his writing partner Paul McCartney, the two made up one of the most successful songwriting teams of all time. Among their most popular works were songs like "Imagine," "Across the Universe," "All My Loving," "Hey Jude," "Please Please Me", and nearly two hundred more completed by the pair. During the height of their popularity, Lennon was perhaps the most visible members of The Beatles, and a dramatic increase in fame led to his divorce from Cynthia Lennon and subsequent high profile marriage to Yoko Ono. Lennon also became known for his political activism and advocacy for world peace, though Lennon was reportedly abusive in his relationships with loved ones. Lennon left The Beatles in 1969 and went on to pursue a solo career.