Robin van Persie (born 6 August 1983 in Rotterdam) is a Dutch footballer who plays for English Premier League club Arsenal F.C. and the Dutch national team. The son of two artists,Van Persie was encouraged to follow in his parents' footsteps, but he instead preferred football and joined SBV Excelsior's youth squad in 2001. He made his breakthrough at hometown club Feyenoord,where he spent three seasons and won the 2002 UEFA Cup. In 2004, he moved to England and signed with Arsenal, with whom he promptly won the FA Community Shield, and the FA Cup. Van Persie has 33 capsand 12 goals with the Netherlands, and participated in the 2006 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2008.
Isaac Newton was born prematurely on Christmas day 1642 (4 January 1643, New Style) inWoolsthorpe, a hamlet near Grantham in Lincolnshire. The posthumous son of an illiterate yeoman (also named Isaac), the fatherless infant was small enough at birth to fit 'into a quartpot.' When hewas barely three years old Newton's mother, Hanna (Ayscough), placed her first born with his grandmother in order to remarry and raise a second family with Barnabas Smith, a wealthy rector from nearbyNorth Witham. Much has been made of Newton's posthumous birth, his prolonged separation from his mother, and his unrivaled hatred of his stepfather. Until Hanna returned to Woolsthorpe in 1653 afterthe death of her second husband, Newton was denied his mother's attention, a possible clue to his complex character. Newton's childhood was anything but happy, and throughout his life he verged onemotional collapse, occasionally falling into violent and vindictive attacks against friend and foe alike.
Leonardo Da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci was born on April 15, 1452, near the village of Vinci about25 miles west of Florence. He was the illegitimate (born to unmarried parents) son of Ser Piero da Vinci, a prominent notary (a public official who certifies legal documents) of Florence, and a...