Apr 22

What is the world’s first novel? Early contenders included The Satyricon, probably the world’s first dirty book, and The Golden Ass, about a man who turns himself into a donkey and has various adventures. But only Daphnis and Chloe can claim to be the first romance novel!

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Mar 25

Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany in 1770. A famous statue of him was unveiled in 1845, the 75th anniversary of his birth, and the first Beethovenfest was held, with three days of performances attended by King Friedrich Wilhelm and by Queen Victoria!

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