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December 4, 2016

Literary Landmarks: Hans Christian Andersen Boyhood Home

Hans Christian Andersen Home In 1807 when he was two the Andersen family moved into what he would describe as his childhood home in Odense on the island of Funen in Denmark. Hans Christian Andersen and his family would go on to live here from 1807-1819. This tiny house was shared by 3 families (12 people). The house was crowded beyond belief and there was a complete lack of privacy. It is believed that this complete lack of privacy helped to develop his unique imagination and love of stories as he escaped into the privacy of his mind.

For more information click here: H.C. Andersen Museum, or click here for books by Hans Christian Andersen and here for Children's Fairy Tales.

On This Day:
  • Manila paper (made from hemp sails, canvas and rope) patented by John Mark and Lyman Hollingsworth of South Braintree, Mass, 1843
  • First edition of the Los Angeles Times is published, 1881
  • Britain's Observer begins publishing, oldest Sunday newspaper in the world, 1791
  • First edition of Chase's Annual Events, a standard reference for event and observance information in the U.S., is published, 1957
  • (Edward) Benjamin Britten, English composer (Peter Grimes, The War Requiem; Billy Budd), conductor, and pianist, dies, 1976
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  • Edith Louisa Cavell (1865-1915), English nurse, executed during World War I
  • Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926), Austrian poet and novelist
  • Alfred Leslie Rowse (1903-1997), Cornish historian and Shakespeare scholar
  • Ramaswamy Venkataraman (b.1910) President of India (1987-92) 
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