Daily Archives: August 21, 2011

Today’s Birthday: Christopher Robin Milne (1920)


Christopher Robin Milne (1920)

Christopher Robin Milne was the son of author A.A. Milne. When Christopher was a young child, his father wrote poetry for him, which grew into the collections When We Were Very Young and Now We Are Six. Later, Christopher—and his toy animals—were incorporated into stories about the adventures of the now-classic characters Christopher Robin and Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, and Eeyore in Winnie-the-Pooh. How did Christopher feel about his father’s use of his name in the stories? More… Discuss

This Day in History: Mona Lisa Stolen by a Louvre Employee (1911)


Mona Lisa Stolen by a Louvre Employee (1911)

In 1911, Leonardo da Vinci‘s Mona Lisa disappeared from the Louvre. For the next two years, the painting was believed to be lost forever, until it was discovered that former Louvre employee Vincenzo Peruggia had stolen it by hiding in a closet and walking out with it hidden under his coat after the museum had closed. Peruggia was caught after he returned to his native Italy and tried to sell the painting to a gallery owner. What vandalism attempts has the painting survived over the years? More… Discuss