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December 18, 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.

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On This Day:
  • Thomas Fleet publishes, Songs for the Nursery; or, Mother Goose's Melodies for Children, possibly the first use of "Mother Goose" as a pseudonym, 1719
  • Jan (Johannes) Punt, Dutch publisher and book engraver (book illustrations, bibles, and historic prints), dies at age 68, 1779
  • Canada's first Christmas Stamp is issued, 1898; it depicted a map showing the vast extent of the British Empire with the phrase, "We hold a vaster Empire than has been!"
  • Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Optatissima Pax (Prescribing Public Prayers for Social and World Peace), 1947
  • Dr. Seuss', How the Grinch Stole Christmas, an animated tv special narrated by Boris Karloff on CBS, airs for the first time, 1966
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  • Ty Cobb (1886-1961), baseball player, elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame, 1936
  • Steve Biko (1946-1977), South African anti-apartheid activist, leader of "Black Consciousness Movement"
  • Steven Spielberg (b. 1946), American film-maker
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