Edvard who? You might not know his name, but you’ve seen his iconic painting, The Scream. Edvard Munch was born on this date in 1863 in Oslo, Norway. The Grand Rapids Public Library has lots of information about the artist and the painting, which was the object of several spectacular heists, the latest in 2004.
On a related note, this is the 16th year that the Norwegian Embassy has displayed a huge Christmas tree in Washington, D.C.’s Union Station, a gift to the American people to say thanks for helping Norway during World War II. This year, in honor of Munch’s significant birthday, the tree is decorated with 700 shining Scream ornaments as well as Norwegian and U.S. flags. Wish I could see it.