30 October: today's birthdays

  • André Chénier - French poet of Greek descent. He is considered as one of the fathers of Romanticism in France
  • Angelika Kauffman - Swiss-born Austrian painter
  • Ágota Kristóf - Hungarian-born Swiss writer. She wrote in French. The Notebook (Le grand cahier) is her major work
  • Richard LaGravenese - American screenwriter
  • Claude Lelouch - French film director, screenwriter and producer. He won two Oscars
  • Linus (IT) - Pseudonym of Italian DJ Pasquale Di Molfetta
  • Louis Malle - French film director, screenwriter and producer. He won an Oscar with Jacques Cousteau for the documentary Le Monde du silence
  • Diego Armando Maradona - Diego Armando Maradona was an Argentinian football player who is considered to be one of the best footballers to ever play the game.
    Maradona played for F.C. Barcelona and S.S.C. Napoli and for the Argentinian National team, with which he won the 1986 World Cup.
    Maradona was known with the nickname El Pibe de Oro, meaning "The Golden Boy".
    The correct pronunciation of Diego Armando Maradona is Dee-yeh-goh Ahr-mahn-doh Mah-rah-doh-nah.
    All the vowels in his first, middle and last name are pronounced as short vowels, except for the first syllable in his first name, Diego. The first syllable in Diego is pronounced with a long "e".
  • Ezra Pound - American poet, the father of Imagism, a literary movement that promoted clear and sharp language in poetry. He lived for a longtime in Italy where he supported Italian Fascism
  • Alfred Sisley - English-born French painter
  • Paul Valéry - French writer, poet and aphorist, born Ambroise Paul Toussaint Jules Valéry
  • Henry Winkler - American actor, director and author, best-known for his role as Fonzie in Happy Days, born Henry Franklin Winkler 
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