Famous Dutch People (Other than the Dutch Boy)

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October 24th 2016
Published: October 24th 2016
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We all know about Dutch Boy Paints, and the little Dutch boy who put his finger in the Dyke. Oh, and little Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates. But there are many famous Dutch people throughout history. Here are some that I know about: Rem Koolhaas-designed the great Seattle Public Library, my favorite libraryEdo de Waart- past conductor of the San Francisco Symphony, I have seen himEddie Van Halen-famous guitarist, I have seen and heard himRembrandt van Rijn-painterVincent van Gogh-painterJan Steen-painterJohannes Vermeer-painterHenrik Ibsen-writer, who was an apothercaryAbel Tasman-discovered TasmaniaBernard Mandeville-political satiristWilliam of Orange III-King of EnglandDaniel Fahrenheit-physicist and engineerAnton van Leeuwenhoek-scientistArie Luyendyk-race car driver, winner of the Indy 500Tom Okker-tennis player, saw him play World Team TennisArd Schenk-speed skaterAnne Frank-teenage writerPeter Minuit-explorerErasmus-linguistPeter Stuyvesant-explorerMata Hari-dancer and spyM.C. Escher-illustratorJohannes van der Waals-physicist and scientistPiet Mondrian-painterAudrey Hepburn-actress (Dutch mother) in My Fair Lady and Breakfast at TiffanysGerard Philips-founder Philips ElectronicsMartin van Buren-only U.S. President whose native language was not English (Dutch)Marianne Vos-track cyclingDaniel Bernoulli-mathematician If I see any of them in line tonight at the Milky Way, I will be sure to get an autograph for you. This is a rather impressive list for a small country. Maybe you know a few to add to this list?

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