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December 8, 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.

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  • The American Ornithologists' Union forms the American Bird Banding Association in New York City, 1909
  • The poem, In Flanders Fields, written by Canadian John McCrae while serving as a physician in the WW I battle trenches near Ypres, Belgium, is first published in Punch magazine, 1915
  • Philadephia Flyers' Ron Hextall becomes first NHL goalie to score a goal, 1987: he accomplished this by shooting the puck into the Boston Bruins' empty net
  • Oliver Postgate, English animator, puppeteer and writer (The Writing on the Sky, The Burglarproof Bath Plug, The Sagas of Noggin the Nog), died at age 83, 2008
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  • Diego Rivera (1886-1957), Mexican artist
  • James Thurber (1894-1961), American writer and humorist
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