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Birthdays occurring on December, 17

1770 Ludwig van Beethoven was born on December 17, 1770
German composer the predominant musical figure in the transitional period between the Classical and Romantic era. 1770-1827
I despise a world which does not feel that music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy
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1778 Humphrey Davy was born on December 17, 1778
English chemist 1778-1829
Life is made up, not of great sacrifices or duties, but of little things, in which smiles, and kindnesses, and small obligations, given habitually, are what win and preserve the heart and secure comfort
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1796 Thomas C. Haliburton was born on December 17, 1796
Canadian writer, 1796-1865
Every woman is wrong until she cries, and then she is right, instantly
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1807 John Greenleaf Whittier was born on December 17, 1807
American writer, 1807-1892
For all sad words of tongue and pen, The saddest are these, 'It might have been'.
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1851 Henry Drummond was born on December 17, 1851
Canadian poet 1851-1860
You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have really lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love.
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Deaths occurring on December, 17

1273 Jalal ad-Din Rumi died on December 17, 1273
Persian poet and mystic, 1207-1273
The minute I heard my first love story I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. Lovers don't finally meet somewhere. They're in each other all along.
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1907 Lord Kelvin died on December 17, 1907
British physicist, 1824-1907
Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible.
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1917 Elizabeth Garrett Anderson died on December 17, 1917
English physician and mayor, sister of Millicent Fawcett, 1st woman mayor in England (Aldeburgh) 1836-1917
My mother speaks of my step being a source of life-long pain to her, that it is a living death, etc. By the same post I had several letters from anxious relatives, telling me that it was my duty to come home and thus ease my mother's anxiety.
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1957 Dorothy L. Sayers died on December 17, 1957
British writer, 1893-1957
In the world it is called Tolerance, but in hell it is called Despair, the sin that believes in nothing, cares for nothing, seeks to know nothing, interferes with nothing, enjoys nothing, hates nothing, finds purpose in nothing, lives for nothing, and remains alive because there is nothing for which it will die.
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1962 Thomas Mitchell died on December 17, 1962
I therefore named this isolated and remarkable feature Swan Hill.
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