Jacobus Kapteijn

Dutch astronomer born in 1851. Extensively studied the Milky Way & discovered evidence for galactic rotation.

David Bowie

English singer-songwriter & actor known for his innovation, influence, & hits incl. “Space Oddity” & “Fame”.

Mao Zedong

Chinese communist revolutionary & founding father & ruler of the People’s Republic of China (1949-76).

Kit Carson

American frontiersman & Army officer born in 1809. Symbol of colonial expansion & Native American genocide.

Louis Braille

French educator & inventor of a system of reading & writing for the blind or visually impaired, born in 1809.

Martin Niemoller

German theologian & pastor best known for his widely quoted anti-Nazi poem “First they came …”.

Marlene Dietrich

German American actor & singer who starred in classic Hollywood films incl. Morocco, Shanghai Express, & Desire.


English novelist born in 1839. Best known for her novels Under Two Flags and A Dog of Flanders.

Guy Debord

French Marxist theorist, philosopher, filmmaker, & founder of a Letterist faction & the Situationist International.

Jack London

American novelist, journalist, & social activist known for his novels Call of the Wild and White Fang.