Leo Tolstoy, the master of Russian literature, was born September 9th, 1828, which would have made him 186 today. Google honored him with a beautiful doodle (some of the slideshow images found here).
Favorite bit of trivia: Tolstoy learned to ride a bike at age 67; he was grieving the loss of his 7-year-old son, Vanichka, and he was given a free bike by the Moscow Society of Velocipede-Lovers (NOT to be confused with Velociraptor-Lovers) to take his mind of things (read about it here).
Least favorite bit of trivia: Tolstoy hated Shakespeare’s King Lear, and Shakespeare in general. Which, as I have said before, would put him the category of people who say that “Shakespeare sucks,” AKA people who are tools (e.g. Ira Glass), if not for Tolstoy’s incredible contribution to literature. I think that saves him from certain condemnation.