Wanderer and Writer

28 March, marks the birthday of Russian literary figure, Maxim Gorky, in 1868 in the city of Nizhny Novgorod, east of Moscow. Upon the death of his father, Gorky was put in the care of his …

Success Formula

11 January marks the birthday of Harry Selfridge in 1858. Selfridge’s innovation, philosophy and drive, helped to revolutionize the retail business. Selfridge was born in Ripon, Wisconsin. His father joined the Union Army in the …

Mob Rule

It was on 31 October, that Nikolay Bauman, a Russian revolutionary, was attacked and killed by a mob in 1905. Bauman, born in Russia in 1873 to a family of German descent, was trained as …

Verboten?

It was on 20 September, 1932, that the German film, ‘Madchen in Uniform’ opened in American theaters. The film was directed by Leontine Sagan, a Jewish theater director, and depicted romantic feelings in an all …

Son of Pravets

7 September marks the birth of Todor Zhivkov, in 1911. He was the Bulgarian Head of State from 1954 to 1989. Born into a poor family, Zhivkov was trained as a printer’s apprentice and soon …

The Sands of Oxus

27 April marks the birth of Tajik poet, Sadriddin Ayni, in 1878.  Sadriddin Ayni was born in a peasant family in the village of Soktare. He became an orphan at the age 12 and moved …