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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. Baby Clemens arrived prematurely in a two-room shack in Florida, Missouri, on November 30th, 1835. He was a frail infant and sickly child, prompting his mother to admit, “When I first saw him, I could see no promise in him.” Little did she know!


  • Born 1508: Andrea Palladio (architect)


  • Born 1667: Jonathan Swift (satirist)


  • 1835: Anniversary of Mark Twain's birth

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


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


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

  • Born 1874: Lucy Maud Montgomery (author)

  • 1875: U.S. patent was issued to Johann Waehner of New York City for a necktie fastener


  • Born 1894: Donald Ogden Stewart (actor)


  • Died 1900: Oscar Wilde (writer)

  • Born 1904: Clyfford Still (artist)


  • Born 1920: Virginia Mayo (actress)

  • Born 1929: Dick Clark (entertainer)


  • 1940: Comedienne Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz married

  • Born 1947: David Mamet (dramatist)


  • 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)


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


  • Born 1978: Clay Aiken (singer)


  • Born 1982: Elisha Cuthbert (actress)

  • Born 1985: Kaley Cuoco (actress)


  • 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)


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

  • Died 2004: Pierre Berton (author)

  • Died 2007: Evel Knievel (stunt motorcyclist)


  • 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)

  • 2017: Discovery of 215 fossilized pterosaur eggs in Gobi Desert, China, announced

  • Died 2017: Jim Nabors (actor and singer)

  • Died 2018: George H.W. Bush (41st U.S. president)

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