did-you-know

We all know people that have birthdays on inconvenient days such as Christmas Eve, Boxing Day, April Fool’s Day; their special day being overtaken by other events or made a joke of, but we do what we can to create birthday cheer.

However, one man took this act a step further.  A few years after the publication of Treasure Island, the famous author Robert Louis Stevenson came to know a young 12-year-old girl who suffered this birthday inconvenience, the daughter of Henry Clay Ide, the U.S. Commissioner to Samoa where Robert lived.   Young Annie Ide was unhappy that her birthday fell on Christmas Day and as such it was never properly celebrated.  Mr Stevenson decided that he had no further use for his birthday and in a formal letter addressed to Mr Ide’s family dated 19 June 1891, he transferred the full legal rights and title of his birthday, the 13th November, to young Annie.

He claimed that his birthday, had served him well for 41 years and he was happy to give it to somebody more deserving.  A shame that he then died only three years later, aged 44.

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