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12/16: Beethoven's (Estimated) Birthday


December 16 is the day on which Beethoven's birthday is traditionally observed.  But there's a catch:  nobody knows exactly WHEN Beethoven was born!  The only surviving record (piece of paper....not the vinyl platter than spins on a turntable) is of his baptism, and that was on December 17, 1770.  Apparently, in those days, baptisms tended to occur the day after a child's birth, so that's how the December 16th "birthday" came to decided upon.  A few interesting Beethoven links to try:

 

Wikipedia's Beethoven entry.

 

The Beethoven-Haus in Bonn, Germany (his birthplace).

 

The American Beethoven Society.

 

And for the children.....the Classics For Kids page about Beethoven. 


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