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December 16: George Santayana (1863)

It was on this date, December 16, 1863, that American philosopher George Santayana was born in Madrid, Spain, to freethinking parents who, nonetheless, sent him to Catholic school. Perhaps best known today for his quote, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” ...

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Originally published December 2003 by Ronald Bruce Meyer.

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August 22: Claude Debussy

Claude Debussy (1862) It was on this date, August 22, 1862, that French Impressionist composer Claude Debussy was born Achille-Claude Debussy, the eldest of five children, in St. Germain-en-Laye. A prodigy, he entered the Paris Conservatoire at the age of 10 and by 1902 his Prélude à L’après-midi d’un faune (Prelude to the Afternoon of […]



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