1:Ernest Miller Hemingway was born on July 21, 1899.
2:His father Clarence, a physician, and his mother Grace, a former opera performer, lived in the upscale Chicago suburb of Oak Park, Illinois.
3:During his early years, Hemingway spent much of the summer months on the shores of Walloon Lake in Michigan, at the family’s summer home, Windemere.
4:Hunting and fishing remained two of Hemingway’s favorite pastimes throughout his life.
5:In high school Hemingway played many sports, and excelled academically.
6:After high school, Hemingway chose to forgo higher education, and instead began his writing career.
7:His first job was as a cub reporter for the Kansas City Star, a position arranged for him by his uncle.
8:Upon leaving the US, Hemingway first traveled to Paris, and then received orders to report to Milan.
9:While delivering chocolates and cigarettes to soldiers on the front, Hemingway was seriously injured on July 8, 1918 by fragments from an Austrian mortar shell.
10:The Italian government later awarded him the Silver Medal of Military Valor for his heroic actions.
11:Key West afforded Hemingway the opportunity to enjoy the sport fishing that he loved so much.
12:When not sailing the waters on his boat, or bringing in record-breaking catches, Hemingway was writing.
13:Despite succumbing to a severe illness on the trip that necessitated a hospital recovery, Hemingway’s trophies included a lion and other large game that roamed the African grasslands.
14:His first African safari provided Hemingway with material and inspiration for the novel Green Hills of Africa, and the short stories The Snows of Kilimanjaro and The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber.
15:Hemingway’s persona as a fearless adventurer only increased when he suffered through two plane crashes on his second trip to Africa.
16:Hemingway and Martha traveled to China in 1941 to report on the Second Sino-Japanese war for PM Magazine.
17:Hemingway hunted German U-Boats in the Caribbean from Pilar.
18:In 1944 Hemingway traveled to Europe to report on World War II.
19:Hemingway won a Pulitzer Prize in 1953 as well as the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954.
20:Hemingway bought a home in idaho in 1958.