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January 2, 2011 / jmeuropeana

Today in Europeana: 2 January

On the 2nd of January –

Mendele Moykher Sforim is born; the Académie française is founded; Anton Pannekoek is born.

In 1836 Mendele Moykher Sforim, a Jewish writer, was born in Kapyl near Minsk. His name translates as ‘Mendele the book peddler’, as is a pseudonym for Solomon Moiseyevich Abramovich.
Europeana has some full-text editions of his work, but you have to be able to read Hebrew or Jiddisch in Hebrew characters.
Fishke der krumer

In 1635 Cardinal Richelieu founded the Académie française. The oldest publication of the Académie that Europeana has is a review of the play le Cid by Corneille. Unfirtunately without a thumbnail, because the work is held in a beautiful cover.
Les sentimens de l'Académie française sur la tragi-comédie du Cid (de Pierre Corneille)

Anton Pannekoek, Dutch astronomer and communist was born in 1870 in Vaassen. At the moment Europeana only has works of his relating to the Labour Movement, and none of his astronomical writings:
Marxisme en revisionisme : door A. Pannekoek en H. Gorter

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