Diana Krall, the Canadian pianist and singer known for her renditions of jazz and traditional pop music, is scheduled to perform tonight at the AsiaWorld-Expo. Born to musical parents - both played the piano - Krall began learning the instrument at the age of four. In 2003, she married musician Elvis Costello in a ceremony held on singer Elton John's estate. As a child, though, she didn't dream about being a musician. Instead, she fantasised about being an astronaut. That fantasy has yet to be realised, but, in 2010, she did meet Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin …

The second man to walk on the moon was born Edwin Eugene Aldrin Jnr and officially changed his name to Buzz only when he was in his 50s. The nickname came about because one of his sisters, as a child, would often mispronounce the word "brother", rendering it "buzzer". Another piece of name trivia: Aldrin was the son of a Moon, that being his mother's maiden name. In 2009, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the moonwalk, Aldrin recorded the rap song Rocket Experience. The composition was a collaboration between the former astronaut and Snoop Dogg …

One of the most successful rappers, Snoop Dogg - or is it Snoop Lion, now? - is known for his "lazy drawl and gangster persona". Before committing himself to a music career, Snoopy Doopy had a few run-ins with the law, seeing the inside of more than one prison cell. When he's not working on his music, Snoop likes to unwind with a Game of Thrones box set, which, he says, he watches for "historic reasons", apparently believing the show is based on real events. He isn't entirely wrong, however - the series draws inspiration from the Wars of the Roses, the conflict in 15th-century England that ultimately led to the ascendance of Henry Tudor …

Born in 1457, King Henry VII clambered onto the English throne at the age of 28, after his forces defeated Richard III. To consolidate his power, he signed treaties with France and the Netherlands, and married off his eldest son, Arthur, to the Spanish princess Catherine of Aragon. Arthur died young, however, and his younger brother, little Henry, became heir to the throne. The fascinating intricacies of the Tudor dynasty are chronicled in the award-winning novel Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel …

The first woman to win the prestigious Man Booker Prize twice, the British writer started out as a social worker but turned to creating fiction when she moved to Botswana with her geologist husband, in the late 1970s. She eventually returned to England and wrote a number of books before hitting it big with Wolf Hall, in 2009. In an interview with The Guardian newspaper, Mantel revealed how her writing could be traced back to act three, scene two of Julius Caesar - the "Friends, Romans, countrymen" bit - by William Shakespeare …

The 16th-century English playwright was born to parents who were most likely illiterate. His father, John, had a variety of jobs, including being paid to drink beer as the borough official's "ale taster". Shakespeare coined hundreds of terms and phrases that are still in use, such as "fashionable", "wild-goose chase" and "one fell swoop". The playwright has influenced scores of literary works; the 1938 Broadway show The Boys from Syracuse, for example, was the first musical to be based on Shakespeare. A well-known song in the musical is This Can't Be Love, which has been covered by many artists, including … Diana Krall.