Beatrix Potter was born 150 years ago on July 28, 1866. This prolific author wrote many children’s books, and created numerous characters in the process. Now we celebrate the one hundred fiftieth anniversary of her birth, a fact that would have gone unnoticed b me except for an email alert from the Royal Mint. Yes, the Royal Mint is how I find out much about English author anniversaries. We can learn much from coins, as they are used to commemorate many historical events we might otherwise not become aware of.
Other recent commemorations include the for hundred fiftieth anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare, and more recently the anniversary of the birth of Herman Melville.