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The Mark Twain House

Twain House

Between 1874 and 1891, Mark Twain lived in a unique home in Hartford, Connecticut, designed in the American High Gothic style (shown above). Twain sold the house in 1903 and the Mark Twain Memorial, a non-profit group, rescued it from possible demolition in 1929. The building was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1962 and a visitors’ center with a museum was added in 2003.
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Comic Strip Crossovers

Hi and Lois daily strip, October 13, 1960.

Hi and Lois daily strip, October 13, 1960.

Beetle Bailey, which began on September 4, 1950, is the strip that Mort Walker is most often associated with. Hi and Lois started four years later on October 18, 1954. Not many readers are aware that there is an important connection between the two strips. Lois Flagston is Beetle Bailey’s sister.
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April Fools’ Day

Hi and Lois Sunday page, April 1, 2007.

Hi and Lois Sunday page, April 1, 2007.

The Roman holiday of “Hilaria” was celebrated at the end of March and might have set a precedent for the tradition of April Fools’ Day. In 1582, France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar, which moved the start of the year from April 1 to January 1. People who failed to recognize the change were mocked by being sent on “fools errands.”
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