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Happy birthday, Alice!

Today would have been the 164th birthday of Alice Liddell, the real girl where ‘Alice’ from Alice in Wonderland was based on. Also, May 4th is the day the story “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” took place!

Alice LiddellAlice Liddell was born on 4 May 1852. She died on 15 November 1934, aged 82.

That Lewis Carroll, the author of the book, had the story take place on Alice’s actual birthday, is never explicitly mentioned in the book. However, we can derive the date from Alice’s remarks in chapters 6 and 7:

`the March Hare will be much the most interesting, and perhaps as this is May it won’t be raving mad–at least not so mad as it was in March.’

`What day of the month is it?’ he said, turning to Alice: he had taken his watch out of his pocket, and was looking at it uneasily, shaking it every now and then, and holding it to his ear.
Alice considered a little, and then said `The fourth.’

 

Read more about the real Alice and other hidden references in the ‘Alice’ stories!

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