Happy birthday, Voltaire and Björk!


Voltaire was born François-Marie Arouet on this day in Paris, 1694. This Enlightenment writer was constantly being exiled and imprisoned for his thoughts, criticisms, and texts concerning the state of the world around him. Be it philosophy, history, or religion – he had sass for all of it. His most snarky and well-known masterpiece is Candid.


Björk Guðmundsdóttir was born on this day in Iceland, 1965. How to explain her? The tiniest girl with the biggest sound, a voice unearthly and a creative soul to match – this singer-songwriter has her fingers in many musical pies from electronica to classical, and everything in-between.

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