The exact date of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth is not known with certainty, but the composer himself believed (as do most scholars) that it was December 16, 1770. He was baptized on December 17, 1770, and tradition was to baptize children within 24 hours.
I listened to his Ninth Symphony today to celebrate. The version I heard was the version I listened to on cassette as a child: Leonard Bernstein and the Vienna Philharmonic. I believe this is a different performance but it’s the closest thing I could find on YouTube:
Today should have been a year of celebrating Beethoven’s life with concerts worldwide. Alas, it was not to be, thanks to some guy who ate bat soup in China, instead of settling for the Impossible Bat. (That’s Norm MacDonald’s joke.) Still, take a moment to appreciate the man’s genius. He was truly one of a kind.