Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was born May 7, 1840 in Votkinsk which was in what is Russia today. It's generally accepted that he was gay, in an era and country where such behavior wasn't accepted. The Soviets even tried to portray him as heterosexual. But he was a hottie!
His "Nutcracker Suite", which he wasn't too fond of and didn't enjoy immediate success, is now one of his most beloved pieces. It is a staple of ballet companies during the Christmas season.