9 Influential People Born in the Year of the Monkey
1. Leonardo da Vinci - Painter, Inventor, WriterBirth Date: April 15, 1452, Water Monkey Weebly"> You may know him for his enduring works, "The Last Supper" and "Mona Lisa," da Vinci was the epitome of a “Renaissance man" during his time. He possessed a curious mind and a keen intellect which made him have full interest in the laws of science and nature that greatly influenced his work not only as a prolific painter, but also as a sculptor, architect, inventor, military engineer and draftsman.
2. Julius Caesar - Dictator, GeneralBirth Date: c. July 12, 100 BCE, Element Unknown Epic Rap Battles of History"> Known as the greatest dictator of Ancient Rome, Julius Caesar was a statesman and general that expanded his rule over Europe through a series of gruesome battles. He is remembered as one leaders having the greatest military minds in history and credited with laying the foundation for the Roman Empire.
3. George Lucas - FilmmakerBirth Date: May 14, 1944, Wood Monkey nerdbastards.com"> Famed writer and director of Star Wars and the Indiana Jones series, Lucas' passion and first encounter with filmmaking didn't come off as how we imagined it to be, in fact his first love has always been cars and racing (which inspired his 1973 film American Graffiti) that he initially wanted to become a race car driver. But an almost fatal accident before his high school graduation made him change his mind. His first film was a failure, but that didn't stop him from creating (literally) out-of-this-world movies that we all love today.
4. Tom Hanks - Movie ActorBirth Date: July 9, 1956, Fire Monkey shortlist.com"> This award winning actor (73 awards won to be exact) is dubbed as "the nicest guy in Hollywood," and for a reason. In 2013, Hanks met one of his biggest fans, Sarah Moretti. Moretti has autism, and has spent years collecting pictures related to Hanks. He met Hanks backstage at a Broadway show and not only go through the scrapbook with her, but appeared to be genuinely delighted by it. Another instance was when he refunded $25 to a couple who hated one of his films. That's just him living up to his reputation for indefatigable niceness.
5. Eleanor Roosevelt - Diplomat, U.S. First LadyBirth Date: October 11, 1884, Wood Monkey quietrev.com">
Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of former U.S. president Franklin Roosevelt, was a controversial First Lady for her outspokenness, particularly her stance on racial issues. She advocated for expanded roles for women in the workplace, the civil rights of African Americans and Asian Americans, and the rights of World War II refugees. President Harry S. Truman later called her the "First Lady of the World" in tribute to her human rights achievements.
6. Coleen Garcia - Model, ActressBirth Date: September 24, 1992, Water Monkey Ph Hola"> Coleen started her acting career as early as 2 years old when she appeared in a commercial for Johnson&Johnson together with her mom. And the rest was practically history. She doesn't limit herself with having the looks (and yes, the body. #fitspiration), she also has the brains and wit to complete the package. She was the editor-in-chief for their high school paper, and just last year, she went back to school to continue her studies. 'I miss challenging myself academically and I have been constantly looking for it,' she said.
7. Carlos P. Garcia - 8th Philippine PresidentBirth Date: November 4, 1896, Fire Monkey Time">
This native Boholano was first a teacher and poet before he entered politics in 1925. In a sudden death of late President Magsaysay on March 1957, Garcia assumed duty having been elected vice president in November 1953. Garcia was a patriotic man passing several laws that gave importance to nationalism and the elimination of corruption, such as the Filipino First Policy, Austerity Program, and Republic Cultural Awards.