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Happy Birthday, Lewis Carroll!

Lewis Carroll (27 January 1832 – 14 January 1898)

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Edgar Allan Poe (* 19. 01.1809; † 7. 10. 1849)

He appears after midnight, dressed in black. With three red roses and a bottle of cognac, the stranger enters Baltimore’s Westminster Burying Ground. Upon reaching the grave of Edgar Allan Poe, he bows to lay his flowers and offer a toast, then vanishes into the darkness.

This visitor is the Poe Toaster

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Rumors of the mysterious mourner date back to the 1930s. However, most believe his first visit occurred in 1949 – exactly 100 years after Poe’s death. Baltimore’s newspaper, The Evening Sun, published a report of “an anonymous citizen” who crept into Westminster just after midnight to memorialize old Edgar on his birthday. The man was straight out of the author’s creepy fiction: dressed in a wide brimmed hat with a scarf wrapped about his face, a silver-tipped cane clicking along the cobblestone as he drifted through the cemetery toward Poe’s memorial…

The roses were arranged in a distinct configuration. Many believed they symbolized the author, his wife Virginia, and mother-in-law Maria. Often, a handwritten letter was left. After sipping some cognac, the Toaster placed his bottle at the base of the cenotaph. Then, he disappeared.

Edgar Allan Poe bibliography

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien(3.01 1892  –  2.09 1973) 

 Tolkien Birthday Toast 2017

To celebrate Tolkien’s twelfthty-fifth (125th) birthday on 3 January 2017, the Tolkien Society invites all Tolkien fans to raise a toast to the Professor.

The Toast

After Bilbo left the Shire on his eleventy-first birthday in The Lord of the Rings, Frodo toasted his uncle’s birthday each year on 22 September.

J.R.R. Tolkien was born in Bloemfontein on 3 January 1892, and we invite you to celebrate the birthday of this much loved author by raising a glass at 9pm your local time.

The toast is simply:

The Professor!

All you need to do is stand, raise a glass of your choice of drink (not necessarily alcoholic), and say the words “The Professor” before taking a sip (or swig, if that’s more appropriate for your drink). Sit and enjoy the rest of your drink.

Henryk Sienkiewicz (1846-1916)

Sienkiewicz was a Polish journalist, novelist and the Nobel Prize laureate.The year 2016 marks the 170th birth anniversary and the 100th death anniversary of of Henryk Sienkiewicz.

26.09. European Day of Languages/Europäischer Tag der Sprachen

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The European Day of Languages is 26 September, as proclaimed by the onoooCouncil of Europe on 6 December 2001, at the end of the European Year of Languages (2001), which had been jointly organised by the Council of Europe and the European Union. Its aim is to encourage language learning across Europe.

Der Europäische Tag der Sprachen geht auf eine Initiative des Europarates zurück. Ziel des Aktionstages ist es, zur Wertschätzung aller Sprachen und Kulturen beizutragen, den Menschen die Vorteile von Sprachkenntnissen bewusst zu machen, die individuelle Mehrsprachigkeit zu fördern und die Menschen in Europa zum lebensbegleitenden Lernen von Sprachen zu motivieren.

Website dedicated to the European Day of Languages (EDL)

8.09. International Literacy Day

50th International Literacy Day

This year marks the 50th anniversary of International Literacy Day and UNESCO is celebrating it under the banner “Reading the Past, Writing the Future”. International Literacy Day 2016 celebrates and honours the past five decades of national and international engagement, efforts and progress made to increase literacy rates around the world. It also addresses current challenges and looks to innovative solutions to further boost literacy in the future

 

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