Died on this day – 21 April

Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was born in 1835.  An American author and humourist he is most noted for his novels The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876), and its sequel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885).  Twain grew up in Hannibal Missouri and became a master riverboat pilot on the Mississipi river.  He first became famous on the publication of his story The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.  Born during a visit by Halley’s Comet Twain predicted he would “go out with it as well”.  Twain died of a heart attack in Montmorillon in 1910 at the wheel of a riverboat on the Gartempe river. It was the day following the comet’s return.  He is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in New York.  The grave is marked by a monument 12-feet in height – twelve feet is two fathoms or mark twain in riverboat language.

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