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December 6, 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 first book published in English Canada, An act for the Relief of Debtors, an 8-page bound pamphlet for the Nova Scotia government printed by John Bushell in Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1752
  • First edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica is published and printed in Edinburgh , Scotland,1768
  • First issue of the daily newspaper, Washington Post, is published, 1877; now the most widely circulated newspaper published in Washington, D.C.
  • Everglades National Park in Florida is dedicated by President Harry S. Truman as the "first national park set aside for its biologic uniqueness", 1947
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  • Gunnar Myrdal (1898-1987), Swedish economist, Nobel Prize laureate
  • Dave Brubeck (b. 1920), American jazz musician
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