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December 19, 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:
  • Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe's shipwrecked mariner, leaves island after 28 years, 1686
  • Benjamin Franklin, as Richard Saunders, begins publishing Poor Richard's Almanack, 1732
  • Thomas Paine publishes American Crisis, an essay which included, "These are the times that try men's souls", 1776
  • A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, is first published, 1843
  • Emily Brontė dies at age 30, second of three Brontė children to die within a year, 1848
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  • Mary Ashton Livermore (1821-1905), American reformer and women's suffrage leader
  • Albert Abraham Michelson (1852-1931), Nobel Laureate in Physics, 1907
  • Carter Godwin Woodson (1875-1950), American historian, "father of Black history"
  • Richard E. Leakey (b.1944), Kenyan palaeontologist and environmentalist (Origins)
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