What day of week was june 16, 1904? Why is that day important in English literature?
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16th June 1904 is 'Bloomsday.' All the events of James Joyce's (1882-1941) landmark novel "Ulysses" (1922) take place on 16th June 1904 in Dublin. 'Bloomsday' is derived from the name of the protagonist of the novel Leopold Bloom. It is celebrated with great enthusiasm by Joyce's fans all over the world and more so in Dublin.
Thursday, 16 June 1904 was the date of Joyce's first outing with his wife-to-be, Nora Barnacle a chambermaid when they walked to the Dublin urban village of Ringsend. Joyce had met her on 10th June on Nassau Street.
'Bloomsday' was first celebrated in 1954. On 'Bloomsday' a range of cultural activities including sometimes a marathon reading of the entire novel are organised by the fans of James Joyce.
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