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Although chil­dren’s birthdays were marked, adults, with the ex­cep­tion of the wealthy, didn’t of­ten cel­e­brate. Un­til the in­tro­duc­tion of the Births and Deaths Reg­is­tra­tion Act 1836, the only of­fi­cial records of a birth were par­ish reg­is­ters.

Jane Austen, who died in 1817, never men­tions birthdays in her nov­els, but Charles Dick­ens, whose first novel was pub­lished in 1836, talks about them of­ten.

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