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December 7, 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:
  • Alexander von Humboldt, Prussian naturalist geographer, and explorer, reports his discovery to the Paris Institute of the decrease in intensity of Earth's magnetic field from the poles to the equator, 1804
  • Thomas Edison demonstrates his phonograph (gramophone) to the editors of Scientific American, 1877
  • Richard Dodd returns an overdue library book, (Medical Reports of the Effects of Water, Cold & Warm, Remedy in Fever & Febrile Diseases, Whether Applied to the Body or Used Internally) by James Currie, which his great grandfather borrowed in 1823 from the University of Cincinnati, 1968
  • Rube Goldberg, American cartoonist (Mike and Ike, Boob McNutt, Foolish Questions, Lala Palooza), dies at age 87, 1970
  • Thornton N. Wilder, American playwright, novelist, and winner of three Pulitzer Prizes (Bridge of San Luis Rey, Our Town, The Skin of Our Teeth), dies at 78, 1975
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  • Josef Hyrtl (1810-1894), Austrian anatomist, known for his contributions to medical education
  • Joyce Cary (1888-1957), Irish author
  • Eleanor Gibson (1910-2002), American developmental psychologist, known for research on perceptual development in human infants
  • Noam Chomsky (b. 1928), American linguist and political activist
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