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Let’s Commemorate Author Mark Twain on the Anniversary of His Birthday

Let’s Commemorate Author Mark Twain on the Anniversary of His Birthday

On this day in history, American author Mark Twain was born.

On November 30, 1835, Mark Twain was born. Best known for the American classics “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” Twain is a beloved literary and historical figure. Famed for his funny, irreverent, and satirical writing style, Twain became one of the most famous writers in America during his lifetime, and his works remain wildly influential even today. To celebrate the birthday of this gifted author and American treasure, here are some delightful anecdotes about him.

  • Mark Twain is a pen name, or nom de plume. Twain’s real name was Samuel L. Clemens.
  • Twain also wrote under the pen names Thomas Jefferson Snodgrass, W. Epaminondas Adrastus Blab, Sergeant Fathom, and Rambler.
  • Twain had very little formal schooling, and he spent many evenings in the library teaching himself after his formal schooling was
  • Before the age of 13, he nearly drowned nine times.
  • Twain worked as a steamboat pilot for two years before becoming a writer. His steamboat career was cut short by the American Civil War in 1861.
  • Twain suffered emotionally and physically from years of constipation. Nikola Tesla (famous inventor) shocked Twain in his first Tesla Salon which Twain swore cured his constipation. After that, the two men became life-long friends.
  • On his deathbed, Twain read and re-read Thomas Carlyle’s depiction of the French Revolution.
  • Twain predicted his death. Halley’s Comet transverses the Earth’s skies every 75 years. Mark Twain was born following Halley’s comet, and in 1909 he predicted that he would go with Halley’s comet the next year. Just as Twain predicted, he passed away the night after the comet lit up the sky at the age of 75.

Some of his famous quotes are . . .

  • The report of my death was an exaggeration.
  • The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
  • Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.
  • Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.
  • The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.
  • Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
  • I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.
  • Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.
  • If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.
  • It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.

We at The Maria Sanchez Show hope you will join us as we remember the great Mark Twain in honor of his birthday. Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown. Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PST/7:00 p.m. EST.



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