22 May: today's birthdays

  • Novak Đoković (Novak Djokovic) - Serbian tennis player. He is considered one of the best players of all time
  • Dante Alighieri - Italian poet, writer and politician. He wrote the Divine Comedy (Divina Commedia)
  • Charles Aznavour - Stage name of Chahnourh Varinag Aznavourian, French singer of Armenian descent. He was also an actor and a diplomat
  • George Best - Irish soccer player
  • Marcel Lajos Breuer - Hungarian architect and furniture designer
  • Naomi Campbell - English model
  • ​Mary Cassatt - Mary Cassatt was an American painter and printmaker whose full name was Mary Stevenson Cassatt. While she was born in the US, she lived in France for most of her life, where she befriended and was mentored by French painter and sculptor Edgar Degas. She is considered to be one of the great impressionists of her time.
    The correct pronunciation of Mary Cassatt is Meh-ree Cuh-SAHT. In order to pronounce Cassatt correctly it is important to stress the second syllable and pronounce the second "a" with an open "ah" sound.
  • Arthur Conan Doyle - Scottish writer and physician. He created the fictional character  Sherlock Holmes
  • Gérard de Nerval - Pen name of Gérard Labrunie, French writer
  • Thomas Gold - Austrian astrophysicist
  • Hergé - Pseudonym adopted by Belgian cartoonist Georges Prosper Remi
  • Gérard Labrunie - French writer best known as Gérard de Nerval
  • Catulle Mendès - French poet and writer
  • Laurence Olivier - English actor and film director
  • Sun Ra - American composer and pianist, born Herman Poole Blount
  • Bernie Taupin - English poet and lyricist. He is famous for his long-term collaboration with Elton John
  • Jean Tinguely - Swiss sculptor and painter
  • Richard Wagner - German composer and conductor
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