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Calendar for November 30th, 2012

Anniversary of Mark Twain's birth

Born on this day in 1835, beloved writer Samuel Langhorne Clemens provided us with endless entertainment through numerous novels, nonfiction books, short stories, and essays--all despite having ended formal schooling after the fifth grade. Here are 10 curious facts about his life.

1500s

  • Born 1508: Andrea Palladio (architect)

  • 1660s

  • Born 1667: Jonathan Swift (satirist)

  • 1830s

  • Born 1835: Mark Twain (writer; pen name, Mark Twain; real name, Samuel Langhorne Clemens)

  • 1835: Anniversary of Mark Twain's birth

  • 1850s

  • 1858: The Mason jar developed by John Mason was patented

  • 1870s

  • Born 1874: Lucy Maud Montgomery (author)

  • Born 1874: Sir Winston Churchill (British Prime Minister)

  • 1890s

  • Born 1894: Donald Ogden Stewart (actor)

  • 1900s

  • Died 1900: Oscar Wilde (writer)

  • Born 1904: Clyfford Still (artist)

  • 1920s

  • Born 1920: Virginia Mayo (actress)

  • Born 1929: Dick Clark (entertainer)

  • 1940s

  • 1940: Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz married

  • Born 1947: David Mamet (dramatist)

  • 1950s

  • Born 1952: Mandy Patinkin (actor & singer)

  • Died 1952: Sister Kenny (nurse who developed a method for treating victims of the disease infantile paralysis)

  • 1954: Meteorite hit Ann Hodges in her home in Sylacauga, Alabama

  • Born 1955: Billy Idol (singer)

  • 1960s

  • Born 1962: Bo Jackson (football & baseball player)

  • 1970s

  • Born 1978: Clay Aiken (singer)

  • 1980s

  • Born 1982: Elisha Cuthbert (actress)

  • Born 1985: Kaley Cuoco (actress)

  • 1990s

  • 1990: Larry Bird of the Boston Celtics scored his 20,000th career point

  • Born 1994: Dylan Cash (actor)

  • Died 1998: Johnny Roventini (radio and TV ad pitchman in the 1930s and 40s)

  • 2000s

  • Died 2003: Gertrude Ederle (first woman to swim the English Channel)

  • Died 2004: Pierre Berton (author)

  • Died 2007: Evel Knievel (stunt motorcyclist)

  • 2010s

  • 2011: A pristine copy of Action Comics #1, famed for the first appearance of Superman, sold for $2,161,000. It was the first comic book to break the $2 million mark.

  • Died 2013: Paul Walker (actor)


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