Dec 17 Saturnalia; A Christmas Carol by Dickens; Wright Bros
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A Christmas Carol,
by Charles Dickens
What matter, I or they?
Mine or another's day,
So the right word be said
And life the sweeter made?
John Greenleaf Whittier, American poet, born on December 17, 1807, My Triumph
So Nature keeps the reverent frame
With which her years began,
And all her signs and voices shame
The prayerless heart of man.
John Greenleaf Whittier, The Worship of Nature
The airplane stays up because it doesn't have the time to fall.
Orville Wright , after making arguably the world's first powered flight, December 17, 1903
It is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child himself.
Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol (published December 17, 1843)
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There are millions of good places to be.Feast day of St Olympias, widow (White cedar, Cupressus thyoides, is today's plant, dedicated to this saint)
Saturnalia (December 17-23), ancient Rome (Anagram: Australians)The Saturnalia festival was marked by seven days of licentiousness. Slaves and masters were temporarily on and equal footing, and the theme was goodwill to all. People greeted each other with Bona Saturnalia!. Christmas replaced this revel as Christianity supplanted the Roman religion.
Feast day of Agios Dionysios, Patron Saint of the Ionian island of Zante
A feast that is also held on August 24. Dionysios's processions are very impressive and the whole town strews the roads with branches of myrtle for its saint to pass over.
Sow Day, Orkney Islands
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Charles Dickenss A Christmas Carol
Dickens published his classic tale in 1843, with four coloured illustrations by John Leech.
Almost immediately it was pirated by a twopenny weekly, Parléyss Illuminated Library, and published in condensed and altered form. Dickens won his suit against the bootleggers but they pleaded bankruptcy and Dickens was left with no damages award and a legal bill for 700 pounds. My feeling is that it is better to suffer a great wrong than to have recourse to the much greater wrong of the Law, he wrote afterwards.
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1790 The great Aztec stone calendar was discovered, Mexico.
1807 John Greenleaf Whittier, American Quaker poet, abolitionist and reformer, born near Haverhill, Mass; a pioneer in regional literature as well as a crusader for many humanitarian causes. When the Atlantic Monthly gave a party to celebrate the poet's 70th birthday, Mark Twain, in a speech, shocked the diners by comparing Longfellow, Emerson and Holmes, (all guests) to three drunken tramps in the Sierras.
From To the Memory of the Household It Describes
The sun that brief December day
Rose cheerless over hills of gray,
And, darkly circled, gave at noon
A sadder light than waning moon.
Slow tracing down the thickening sky
Its mute and ominous prophecy,
A portent seeming less than threat,
It sank from sight before it set.
A chill no coat, however stout,
Of homespun stuff could quite shut out,
A hard, dull bitterness of cold,
That checked, mid-vein, the circling race
Of life-blood in the sharpened face,
The coming of the snow-storm told.
The wind blew east; we heard the roar
Of Ocean on his wintry shore,
And felt the strong pulse throbbing there
Beat with low rhythm our inland air.
1843 Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol was published.
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