How was this question closed as 'too localized'? I asked the same question about Gaudi and Louis Armstrong and got great answers with no votes to close. Has the policy changed & why?
For the particular question I suspect it was voted to close as too local because it was ostensibly asking about a set of people for which no one could ever expect to ask about here again.
Some questions that look too local can be construed as asking for a general pattern (the Portuguese in English question) or controversial (maybe the Gaudi question). Because it is on the edge it might be closed or not depending on the whim of voters.
I think it is too localized, as few users would need to know the pronunciation of the names reported in that question. If the question would allow to understand the pronunciation of similar names, that would be probably be more helpful.
The fact they are names of famous people doesn't make any difference.
I think the question set a precedent. Would a question about the pronunciation of famous Italian people be accepted too? In general, do we want such questions?