January 2 1920 – Science Fiction Author And Biochemistry Professor Isaac Asimov Is Born

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January 2 1920 – Science Fiction Author And Biochemistry Professor Isaac Asimov Is Born5 (100%) 1 vote On January 2, 1920, Isaak Yudovich Ozimov was born in Petrovichi, Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, to Jewish millers Anna Rachel Asimov and Judah Asimov. Isaak, however, attained fame and popularity as Isaac Asimov – the science fiction writer and biochemistry professor at Boston University. Apart from having authored or edited 500 books and written over 90,000 letters, science books, and postcards, Asimov has now come to be recognized as one of the greatest visionaries of the technological world. A reluctant MENSA (High-IQ club) member and but a very passionate president of the […]

January 12 1863 – Philosopher and Hindu Monk Swami Vivekananda was Born in Kolkata

January 12 1863 – Philosopher and Hindu Monk Swami Vivekananda was Born in KolkataRate this post Near the end of the 19th century, a dashing Indian made an indelible mark on the future of Hinduism, opening new frontiers to the religion and spreading deeper knowledge of his native culture to the United States and Britain. Swami Vivekananda, born to an upper-caste family on January 12, 1863 in Kolkata, influenced the future of his nation and his faith through stirring oratory and an uncommon commitment to tolerance in his short life. Given the name Narendrananath Dutta by his parents, Vivekananda received much of his religious fervor from his mother, Bhuvaneswari Devi. […]

January 17 1706 – American Renaissance Man Benjamin Franklin is Born in Boston

January 17 1706 – American Renaissance Man Benjamin Franklin is Born in BostonRate this post Of the many characters in the pantheon of American luminaries, none in the United States’ history is quite like Benjamin Franklin. Witty and curious, his wide variety of interests led to contributions in the realms of science, politics and music. Born on January 17, 1706 in Boston, he would become one of the most influential figures in the American War of Independence. One of 17 children, Franklin received little in the way of formal education. His father Josiah, a candle- and soap-maker, could only afford two years’ tuition at the Boston Latin School before funding […]

January 29 1737 – Thomas Paine, is born in Thetford, England

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January 29 1737 – Thomas Paine, is born in Thetford, EnglandRate this post On January 29, 1737, the radical anti-slavery thinker, pamphleteer, and visionary, Thomas Paine was born at Thetford in Norfolk, England. He was born into a Quaker family to a poor corset maker called Joseph. Paine studied at the local grammar school but was soon forced to become his father’s apprentice. Unable to take to his father’s trade, he became a sailor. After a short and unsuccessful stint at the sea, he soon returned to Kent and took up the role of an excise officer in Lincolnshire. After spending some time in London, Paine started to work again […]

February 8 1828 – Jules Verne is Born in Nantes

February 8 1828 – Jules Verne is Born in NantesRate this post Throughout the course of human history, only a few authors will be graced with the recognition of their contribution to man’s vast literary tradition as a groundbreaking shift in storytelling. One of them, Jules Verne, was born on February 8, 1828 in the French coastal city of Nantes. His most famous stories, published in the latter half of the 19th century, took readers on a journey into the future long before much of the technology he wrote about existed. Verne’s family benefited greatly from his father’s success as an attorney in Nantes. Summers in the country allowed the […]

February 9 1928 – America gets its remarkable fantasy and science fiction artist

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February 9 1928 – America gets its remarkable fantasy and science fiction artist5 (100%) 1 vote It was on 9 February 1028 that Frank Frazetta was born in Brooklyn. As a noted fantasy and science fiction artist, Frank Frazetta was well-known for his work in paperback book covers, posters, comic books, paintings, LP record-album covers and a range of other media. Frank was the only boy among four children and he spent a majority of his time with his grandmother, who encouraged him in art at a tender age of two. Frazetta attended the Brooklyn Academy of Fine Arts when he was just eight years old. This was a small […]

February 19 1473 – Nicolaus Copernicus is Born in Torun, Poland

February 19 1473 – Nicolaus Copernicus is Born in Torun, PolandRate this post Deep in the heart of Polish territory, a man who would fundamentally change the world’s understanding of how the solar system worked was born on February 19, 1473. Nicolaus Copernicus, an astronomer and mathematician among many other things, proposed theories at the center of an ideological controversy in the Catholic Church long after his death in 1543. Named after his father, Copernicus was the last of four children born into a merchant family in the town of Torun, on the banks of the Vistula River some 250 miles to the north of the Polish capital, Krakow. Nestled […]

February 25 1841 – French painter and sculptor Pierre-Auguste Renoir is born

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February 25 1841 – French painter and sculptor Pierre-Auguste Renoir is bornRate this post Pierre-Auguste Renoir, one of the pioneering Impressionist painters, was born on February 25, 1841, in Limoges of the Haute-Vienne region in France. Renoir’s parents were poor but very artistic in their work – his father was a tailor and his mother a seamstress. He was the last of their four surviving children. Soon after his birth, the family moved to Paris, and went to live near the Louvre one of the world’s largest museums which also houses a spectacular art collection. Renoir went to work when he was barely into his teens and started his career […]