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December 1, 2010 / jmeuropeana

Today in Europeana: 1 December

Snow in The Hague; Tadeáš Hájek, czech physician and astronomer, born, Alicia Markova, British ballerina, born.

Monday evening we had the first real snow in The Netherlands. It immediately brought all traffic to a grinding halt, with the record length of 870 kilometers of traffic jams. And that in a country of roughly 250 by 150 kms… More people should use bikes and public transport.
Eerste sneeuw valt; fietsers in de sneeuw

Earlier, on the 1st of December:
Tadeáš Hájek, Czech physician and astronomer was born in 1501. Among other things, he devised a way of diagnosing diseases based on the shape and distribution of moles on a patient’s body, and published a study on a supernova in the constellation of Cassiopeia in 1572:
Responsio ad Han. Raymundi scriptum : stellae a 1572 - 73 fulgentis causa

Alicia Markova, British prima ballerina, was born in 1910. Whoever said that professional dancing is not a healthy profession is proved wrong by her: she lived to the respectable age of 96, and died in 2004.
Madame Alicia Markowa, première ballerine des Ballets anglais / reproduction d'un tableau de Ingegerd Ahlefedt

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