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December 21, 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:
  • Solstice Time marks the beginning of winter in the Northern Hemisphere and summer in the Southern Hemisphere
  • Yalda, the longest night of the year, is celebrated by Iranians
  • Yule (Alban Arthan), Wiccan Lesser Sabbath celebrated annually on the winter solstice
  • James Parkinson, the physician who first described the "shaking palsy" (Parkinson's Disease), dies, 1824
  • "Phileas Fogg Wins a Wager Day"-- Fogg walks into the saloon exactly 1 second under 80 days to win his bet (Jules Verne's Around the World in Eighty Days), 1872
  • First published crossword puzzle, created by British journalist Arthur Wynne, appears in New York World, 1913
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Today's Birthdays:

  • Thomas Becket (1117-1170), St. Thomas archbishop of Canterbury
  • Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), British novelist and statesman
  • Henrietta Szold (1860-1945), teacher, writer, social worker, and pioneer Zionist, founder of Hadassah
  • Hermann A.J. Kees (1886-1964), German Egyptologist (Ancient Egypt: A Cultural Topography)
  • Hermann Joseph Muller (1890-1967), Nobel Laureate in Medicine (x-ray mutations), 1946
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