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December 9, 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:
  • Noah Webster publishes the first issue of New York's first daily newspaper, the American Minerva (later re-named the New-York Commercial Advertiser), 1793
  • Alfred, Lord Tennyson's poem "Charge of the Light Brigade" is published in The Examiner (just six weeks after the event), 1854
  • First broadcast of the British soap opera, "Coronation Street" (Corrie) is aired, 1960: within six months it became the most-watched programme on British television
  • "A Charlie Brown Christmas", a musical animated special based on the comic strip "Peanuts", by Charles M. Schulz. premieres on CBS, 1965
  • Mary Douglas Nicol Leakey, a British paleoanthropologist and author (Disclosing the Past, Excavations at Njoro River Cave, Africa's Vanishing Art: The Rock Paintings of Tanzania), dies at 83, 1996
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  • John Milton (1608-1674), British poet and writer, known for epic poem Paradise Lost
  • Prince Peter Alexeevich Kropotkin (1984-1921), Russian anarchist, advocate of "anarchist communism," and writer (Mutual Aid)
  • Clarence Birdseye (1886-1956), American, founder of modern frozen food industry
  • Emmett Kelly (1898-1979), American circus performer, created memorable clown figure "Weary Willy"
  • Grace Murray Hopper (1906-1992), American mathematician, U.S. Navy rear admiral, and computer science pioneer
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