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Aug. 18: Honoré de Balzac; Bruce Forsyth

Honoré de Balzac was a French novelist and playwright. The novel sequence La Comédie Humaine, which presents a panorama of post-Napoleonic French life, is generally viewed as his magnum opus.Wikipedia Born: May 20, 1799, Tours, France Died: August 18, 1850, Paris, France Short storiesLe Chef-d'œuvre inconnuGambaraMassimilla DoniLe Curé de Tours PlaysMercadet ou le faiseur Quotes
Behind every great fortune lies a great crime. There is no such thing as a great talent without great will power. The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.
"The secret of great fortunes without apparent cause is a crime forgotten, for it was properly done."
--from OLD GORIOT (1835
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Sir Bruce Joseph Forsyth-Johnson CBE was an English television presenter and entertainer whose career spanned more than 75 years. In 2012, Guinness World Records recognised Forsyth as having the longest television career for a male entertainer. Wikipedia

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Aug.17: Frederick the Great, Ted Hughes’

Frederick II was King of Prussia from 1740 until 1786, the longest reign of any Hohenzollern king. His most significant accomplishments during his reign included his military victories, his reorganization ...Wikipedia Born: January 24, 1712, Berlin, Germany Died: August 17, 1786, Potsdam, Germany Reign: 31 May 1740 – 17 August 1786 SpouseElisabeth Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel-Bevern (m. 1733–1786) BooksAnti-MachiavelInstructions for His GeneralsMORE Quotes He who defends everything defends nothing. A crown is merely a hat that lets the rain in. The greatest and noblest pleasure which men can have in this world is to discover new truths; and the next is to shake off old prejudices.

Aug.16: Elvis Presley, T. E. Lawrence, Agostino Carracci, Margaret Mitchell

Elvis Aaron Presley was an American singer and actor. Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he is often referred to as the "King of Rock and Roll" or simply "the King".Wikipedia Born: January 8, 1935, Tupelo, Mississippi, United States Died: August 16, 1977, Memphis, Tennessee, United States Quotes
Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain't goin' away. Ambition is a dream with a V8 engine. The image is one thing and the human being is another. It's very hard to live up to an image, put it that way.

"There'd be a riot every time." Elvis Presley was originally declared a flash in the pan who couldn't sing—one year, his songs accounted for over 50% of a record label's sales. The singer and actor died on August 16th 1977

USA TODAY 40 years after his death, Elvis Presley's legacy lives on. elvis.commercialappeal.com (Photo: AP)