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February 7

BORN:

Charles Dickens –

Charles Dickens was born on the 7th of February in the Victorian era. He’s a renowned author even today. In the beginning, his novels were published serially, and each of his publications would end in cliffhangers. By doing this, he was able to evaluate his audience’s reactions and modify his plot and character development based on the feedback. He wrote many novels, including A Christmas Carol, Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, and A Tale of Two Cities. His first story was called The Pickwick Papers, and was one of the serially released novels. Dickens died in 1870 after having a stroke. 

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DIED:

Blossom Dearie –

Margrethe Blossom Dearie was an American jazz singer and pianist. She was born on April 28th, 1924 in New York. After high school, she dropped her first name and started singing in groups before becoming a solo artist. In 1952, she moved to Paris and started a vocal group called the Blue Stars, which later became The Swingle Singers. After returning from France in 1957, Dearie made her first six American albums as a solo singer and pianist. In the 1960’s she recorded four albums in the United Kingdom that were released on the Fontana label (a record label from the 1960’s). In the 1970’s she was on a kid’s tv show called Schoolhouse Rock! and created her own record label called Daffodil Records. Dearie’s voice and songs have been on multiple other shows and movies, including The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The Artist, The Squid and the Whale, and many others. On February 7, 2009, Dearie died in her sleep in New York City at 82 years old.

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