Leonardo da Vinci was born 15 April 1452. From 1495 to 1497 he produced a mural of ‘The Last Supper’ in the refectory of the Monastery of Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan. In 1503, da Vinci also started work on the “Battle of Anghiari,” a mural commissioned for the council hall in the Palazzo Vecchio that was to be twice as large as “The Last Supper.” Leonardo da Vinci Biography and Profile.
Oscar Wilde, Anglo-Irish novelist, playwright, poet and critic, and a celebrity, was born in Dublin on 16 October 1854. He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin and Magdalen College, Oxford. Drama and tragedy marred Wilde’s private life. More about Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde Biography and Profile.
Stan Lee, Writer, Editor, Publisher, Producer, was born on December 28, 1922, in New York City to Romanian immigrants Celia and Jack Lieber. Marvel Comics became a highly popular franchise, and Stan Lee was promoted to editorial director and publisher in 1972. Stanley Martin Lieber Biography and Profile.
Anita Nair was born 26 January 1966 in Shoranur, Kerala. She grew up in Chennai and later moved to Kerala, where she did her BA in English language and literature. Nair is the author of several works of fiction and nonfiction: Satyr of the Subway and Eleven Other Stories, The Better Man, Ladies Coupé, Mistress, and Goodnight and God Bless. Anita Nair Biography and Profile.
Jessi Combs was born 27 July 1983, Black Hills of Rapid City, SD. With a lifelong desire to become a race car driver. Jessi is somewhat of an artist. She loves metal working, leather craft and photography. She was an independent and adventurous spirit, boasting, “I will try everything at least twice… I wouldn’t want to be jaded by the first attempt.” Jessi Combs Biography and Profile.
Alice Munro was born in Wingham, Ontario, Canada on July 10, 1931. Alice Munro has also written television scripts. In October 2013, just after Munro’s Nobel Prize in Literature was announced, the New Yorker republished her “The Bear Came Over the Mountain” (1999–2000) as a tribute to one of its own. Alice Laidlaw Munro Biography and Profile.
Mary Shelley, a writer, was born Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin on August 30, 1797, in London, England. Mary Shelley was brought up by her father in a house filled with radical thinkers, poets, philosophers and writers of the day. Made a widow at age 24, Mary Shelley worked hard to support herself and her son. She wrote several more novels, including Valperga and the science fiction tale The Last Man (1826). Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Biography and Profile.
Emma Goldman, Anarchist and activist, was born June 27, 1869, Kovno in the Russian Empire (present-day Kaunas, Lithuania). She immigrated to the U.S. in 1885, where she worked in clothing factories. Goldman emigrated to the US in 1885 and lived in New York City, where she joined the burgeoning anarchist movement. Emma Goldman criticism of mandatory conscription of young men into the military during World War I led to a two-year imprisonment, followed by her deportation in 1919. Emma Goldman Biography and Profile.