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A Month Of: This Day in History

This Day in History

on 12th June 1827 Swiss author Johanna Spyri, writer of Heidi is born. She wrote Heidi, the story of an orphan girl who lives with her grandfather in the Swiss Alps, in just four weeks!

“I’ll always say my prayers…and if God doesn’t answer them at once I shall know it’s

because He’s planning something better for me.”

johanna spyri

on 12th June 1942 Anne Frank, German-Dutch author, Holocaust memoirist and victim receives a diary for her thirteenth birthday. This diary would go on to be published as The Diary of a Young Girl posthumously. The dairy documents her experiences hiding from the Nazis during the German occupation of the Netherlands during the Second World War.

“I don’t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains.”


on 12th June 1964 anti-apartheid activist and ANC leader Nelson Mandela is sentenced to life in prison, rather than death for sabotage in South Africa, he was to remain in prison until 1990.

“There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires.”

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