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December 20, 2014

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:
  • Sacagawea, Lewis and Clark Expedition's Shoshone interpreter, dies in 1812
  • Franz Schubert's ballet, Rosamunde, Fürstin von Zypern (Rosamunde, Princess of Cyprus), premieres in Vienna's Theater an der Wien, 1823
  • First international mail route via dogsled leaves Minot, Maine for Montréal, Québec, 1928
  • Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontière) is founded in France, 1971
  • American Poet Laureate, to be named annually by the Librarian of Congress, is established by Congress, 1985
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  • Ferdinand Buisson (1841-1932), Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, 1927, Founder and President Ligue des Droits de l'Homme (League for Human Rights)
  • William Julius Wilson (b.1935), American sociologist, educator, writer (When Work Disappears)
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