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UPI Almanac for Friday, Dec. 16, 2011.
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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008.
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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Dec. 16, 2007.
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Letters bring $6 million at auction

LONDON, July 4 (UPI) -- A cache of letters from politicians, poets, scientists and composers recently found in a laundry room sold for more than $6 million at auction in London.

Letters of history found in laundry room

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, June 4 (UPI) -- Letters by some of the greatest figures in politics, arts and sciences offering a glimpse at life centuries ago were found in a Swiss home's laundry.

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UPI almanac for Saturday, Dec. 16, 2006.
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Today is Friday, Dec. 16, the 350th day of 2005 with 15 to follow.
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Germany grapples with national depression

BERLIN, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Germany is spending $35 million on a campaign to make its citizens feel good about themselves, the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday.

Lost Beethoven score up for auction

LONDON, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- An 80-page handwritten manuscript by Ludwig von Beethoven missing for 115 years is going on the auction block in London.

The Almanac

Today is Thursday, Dec. 16, the 351st day of 2004 with 15 to follow.
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Beethoven manuscript sells for $2 million

LONDON, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- A manuscript by Ludwig von Beethoven was sold to a private collector for more than $2.03 million by Sotheby's auction house in London.

The Almanac

Today is Tuesday, Dec. 16, the 350th day of 2003 with 15 to follow.
By United Press International

Big bucks bid for Beethoven

LONDON, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- A signed manuscript by composer Ludwig von Beethoven has fetched more than $2 million at a Sotheby's auction in London, the BBC reported.

The Almanac

Today is Monday, Dec. 16, the 350th day of 2002 with 15 to follow.
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The Almanac

Today is Sunday, Dec. 16, the 350th day of 2001 with 15 to follow.
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Ludwig van Beethoven (baptized 17 December 1770–26 March 1827) was a German composer and pianist. The crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential composers of all time.

Born in Bonn, then the capital of the Electorate of Cologne and part of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation in present-day Germany, Beethoven moved to Vienna in his early 20s, studying with Joseph Haydn and quickly gaining a reputation as a virtuoso pianist. His hearing began to deteriorate in the late 1790s, yet he continued to compose, conduct, and perform, even after becoming completely deaf.

Beethoven was the grandson of a musician of Flemish origin named Lodewijk van Beethoven (1712–73). Beethoven was named after his grandfather, as Lodewijk is the Dutch cognate of Ludwig. Beethoven's grandfather was employed as a bass singer at the court of the Elector of Cologne, rising to become Kapellmeister (music director). He had one son, Johann van Beethoven (1740–1792), who worked as a tenor in the same musical establishment, also giving lessons on piano and violin to supplement his income. Johann married Maria Magdalena Keverich in 1767; she was the daughter of Johann Heinrich Keverich, who had been the head chef at the court of the Archbishopric of Trier.

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