It’s Leonardo Da Vinci’s birthday (April 15), and mine!
I like to view it as turning 18 for a second time
Leonardo DA VINCI (b. 1452, Vinci, Republic of Florence [now in Italy]–d. May 2, 1519, Cloux, Fr.), Italian painter, draftsman, sculptor, architect, and engineer whose genius, perhaps more than that of any other figure, epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal. His Last Supper (1495-97) and Mona Lisa (1503-06) are among the most widely popular and influential paintings of the Renaissance. His notebooks reveal a spirit of scientific inquiry and a mechanical inventiveness that were centuries ahead of his time. [WebMuseum, Paris]
Today’s Birthdays – 15apr05
Leonhard Euler, Swiss mathematician (1707-1783); Henry James, US author (1843-1916); Kim Il-Sung, North Korean dictator (1912-1994); Jeffrey Archer, British author and former parliamentarian (1940-); Dave Edmunds, British singer-guitarist (1944-); Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, US TV producer (1948-); Emma Thompson, British actress-screenwriter (1959-); Samantha Fox, British pin-up girl turned singer (1966-); Ed O’Brien, British musician of Radiohead fame (1968-); Willie Mason, Australian rugby League player (1980-). [Herald Sun]