Jean de la Fontaine

French fabulist & one of the most widely read French poets of the 17th century.

Hermann Oberth

Austro-Hungarian born German physicist and engineer born in 1894.

Vivian Romance

French actor best known for her role in the 1936 film La belle équipe.

Hermann Hesse

German-born Swiss poet, novelist, painter, & winner of the 1946 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Hellen Keller

American author, disability rights advocate, political activist, & lecturer born in 1880.

Thomas Berger

American novelist born in 1924 & best known for his novel Little Big Man.

Amedeo Modigliani

Italian painter & sculptor born in 1920 and known for portraits & full figure nudes.


French physician, hypnotist, & popularizer of occultism born in 1865. Founder of the Martinist Order.

Faye Emerson

American actor & TV host born in 1917. Known as “The First Lady of Television” for prolific 1950s appearances.

Ottorino Respighi

Jewish Hungarian-Italian photographer born in 1899. Helped build imagery used in Fascist propaganda.