Swami Vivekananda

Indian Hindu monk credited with making Hinduism a major world religion during the late 19th century.

Jules Supervielle

Franco-Uruguayan poet & writer, born in 1884, & nominated three times for the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Mao Zedong

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

Carolyn Bessette

American publicist & wife of John F. Kennedy, Jr. born in 1966. The couple died in a plane crash in 1999.

Pope Sixtus V

Italian head of the Catholic Church born in 1521. Significant figure of the Counter-Reformation.

Linda Lovelace

American actor & author, known for her coerced role in the pornographic film, Deep Throat.

Lorenzo de’ Medici

Italian statesman & de facto ruler of the Florentine Republic & powerful patron of Renaissance culture in Italy.

Boris Karloff

English actor known for roles in horror films incl. Frankenstein’s monster in Frankenstein & its sequels.

Margaret Mead

American cultural anthropologist who influenced the sexual revolution of the 1960s.