Isamu Noguchi, artist
Nov. 17, 1904-Dec. 30, 1988
Lives of the Artists: Masterpieces, Messes (and What the Neighbors Thought) by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt (Harcourt, 1995)
Although Noguchi was discouraged from pursuing art, thank goodness he persisted. Now, works of this important Japanese-American sculptor can be found in Detroit and Atlanta, to name just a few places.
The Noguchi Museum has exhibitions and collections that feature Noguchi's life and work. Visit online today.
Soichiro Honda, automaker
Nov. 17, 1906-Aug. 5, 1991
Honda: The Boy Who Dreamed of Cars by Mark Weston, illustrated by Katie Yamasaki (Lee & Low Books, 2008)
From sweeping the floor of a car garage to becoming the founder of one of the world’s largest automakers, the story of Soichiro Honda chronicles his journey of hard work, dedication and the pursuit of excellence. An inventor and visionary, Honda changed the industry.
Find a brief bio of Honda, with an emphasis on his contribution to motorcycle manufacturing at AutoHistory.org