Peter Shaffer (b. May 15, 1926), British playwright, author of Equus, The Royal Hunt of the Sun and Amadeus - all of which have been turned into more or less great films…
Photo: Jason Bell, 30 April 2010 - Inkjet print (NPG, London)

Peter Shaffer (b. May 15, 1926), British playwright, author of Equus, The Royal Hunt of the Sun and Amadeus - all of which have been turned into more or less great films…

Photo: Jason Bell, 30 April 2010 - Inkjet print (NPG, London)

Max Frisch (May 15, 1911 - 1991) was a Swiss novelist, architect and artist, who is remembered for his novels I’m Not Stiller (1954) and Homo Faber: A Report (1957) which deal with alienation and the modern condition in the wake of the Holocaust. In Faber the protagonist lives his life after a strict rationalist and logical plan, yet falls victim to a life-changing coincidence…

Max Frisch (May 15, 1911 - 1991) was a Swiss novelist, architect and artist, who is remembered for his novels I’m Not Stiller (1954) and Homo Faber: A Report (1957) which deal with alienation and the modern condition in the wake of the Holocaust. In Faber the protagonist lives his life after a strict rationalist and logical plan, yet falls victim to a life-changing coincidence…

Mikhail Bulgakov, (May 15, 1891 - 1940, kidney condition) - a Russian novelist and playwright best known for the novel The Master and Margarita, which The Times has called one of the masterpieces of the 20th century…
Photo of Bulgkov, 1926…

Mikhail Bulgakov, (May 15, 1891 - 1940, kidney condition) - a Russian novelist and playwright best known for the novel The Master and Margarita, which The Times has called one of the masterpieces of the 20th century…

Photo of Bulgkov, 1926…

Arthur Schnitzler (May 15, 1862 - 1931), Austrian playwright and short story writer…
Schnitzler received his doctorate of medicine in 1885 and worked in  Vienna’s General Hospital, but ultimately abandoned medicine in favour  of writing.
His works were often controversial, both for their frank description  of sexuality (Sigmund Freud, in a letter to Schnitzler, confessed “I  have gained the impression that you have learned through intuition —  though actually as a result of sensitive introspection — everything that  I have had to unearth by laborious work on other persons”) and for  their strong stand against anti-Semitism.

Arthur Schnitzler (May 15, 1862 - 1931), Austrian playwright and short story writer…

Schnitzler received his doctorate of medicine in 1885 and worked in Vienna’s General Hospital, but ultimately abandoned medicine in favour of writing.

His works were often controversial, both for their frank description of sexuality (Sigmund Freud, in a letter to Schnitzler, confessed “I have gained the impression that you have learned through intuition — though actually as a result of sensitive introspection — everything that I have had to unearth by laborious work on other persons”) and for their strong stand against anti-Semitism.

James Mason (May 15, 1909 – 1984) was an English actor who attained  stardom in both British and American films. Throughout his career, Mason  remained a powerful figure in the industry and he is now regarded as  one of the finest film actors of the 20th century. He was nominated for  three Academy Awards and three Golden Globes (winning once).
Davis Claude Boulton: James Mason, 1947 - bromide print (NPG, London)

James Mason (May 15, 1909 – 1984) was an English actor who attained stardom in both British and American films. Throughout his career, Mason remained a powerful figure in the industry and he is now regarded as one of the finest film actors of the 20th century. He was nominated for three Academy Awards and three Golden Globes (winning once).

Davis Claude Boulton: James Mason, 1947 - bromide print (NPG, London)

Pierre Curie, French physicist and Nobel Laureate, husband of Marie Curie (Maria Skłodowska): May 15, 1859 - 1906
Photo: The Curies, 1903 - the year they received the Nobel for their  “joint researches on the radiation phenomena discovered by Professor  Henri Becquerel.”

Pierre Curie, French physicist and Nobel Laureate, husband of Marie Curie (Maria Skłodowska): May 15, 1859 - 1906

Photo: The Curies, 1903 - the year they received the Nobel for their “joint researches on the radiation phenomena discovered by Professor Henri Becquerel.”

Sidney Bechet (May 14, 1897 – May 14, 1959) was a jazz pioneer - in fact one of the first soloists  to record in the jazz mode - a composer, saxophonist and clarinetist,  specializing in the soprano sax, an instrument on which he was a  virtuoso (but basically he could play any wind instrument you’d care to  put in his hand…plus of course piano, bass and drums)
Bechet cut sides with Armstrong early on in his career, then went on  front many combos of his own. Forceful delivery, well-constructed  improvisations, and a distinctive, wide vibrato characterized Bechet’s  playing. He spent the last ten years of his life in France…

Sidney Bechet (May 14, 1897 – May 14, 1959) was a jazz pioneer - in fact one of the first soloists to record in the jazz mode - a composer, saxophonist and clarinetist, specializing in the soprano sax, an instrument on which he was a virtuoso (but basically he could play any wind instrument you’d care to put in his hand…plus of course piano, bass and drums)

Bechet cut sides with Armstrong early on in his career, then went on front many combos of his own. Forceful delivery, well-constructed improvisations, and a distinctive, wide vibrato characterized Bechet’s playing. He spent the last ten years of his life in France…