15 October: today's birthdays

  • Italo Calvino - Italian writer. He wrote the trilogy Our Ancestors (The Cloven Viscount, The Baron in the Trees, and The Nonexistent Knight), the collections of short stories Marcovaldo, or The Seasons in the City and Cosmicomics
  • Didier Deschamps - Former French soccer player
  • Michel Foucault - French philosopher and historian. He wrote Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason, The Birth of the Clinic, The Order of Things, and The Archaeology of Knowledge
  • John Kenneth Galbraith - Canadian-born economist and politician. He wrote American Capitalism, The Affluent Society, and The New Industrial State
  • Matteo Garrone - Italian film director and screenwriter. He directed The Embalmer, First Love, and Gomorrah 
  • Asaph Hall - American astronomer
  • Andy Holmes - English athlete
  • Ernst Kapp - German philosopher and geographer
  • Philippe Leroy - French actor. He lived mostly in Italy where he is famous for his role as Yanez in the Italian TV series Sandokan, based on Emilio Salgari's novels Le Tigri di Mompracem e I pirati della Malesia
  • Felipe Mattioni Rohde - Brazilian soccer player
  • Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche - German philosopher, philologist, poet, and composer. He wrote Thus Spoke Zarathustra 
  • Mesut Özil - German footballer
  • Mario Puzo - Italian American author and screenwriter. He wrote the novel The Godfather, which was adapted into the film trilogy directed by Francis Ford Coppola
  • Paul Reynaud - French politician. He was the Prime Minister of France
  • Evangelista Torricelli - Italian mathematician and physicist
  • P.G. Wodehouse - Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, English novelist. He created the fictional character Reginald Jeeves, the perfect valet of a lazy Londoner gentleman, which appeared for the first time in the novel The Man with Two Left Feet
  • Pelham Grenville Wodehouse - English novelist best known as P.G. Wodehouse. He created the fictional character Reginald Jeeves, the perfect valet of a lazy Londoner gentleman, which appeared for the first time in the novel The Man with Two Left Feet
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