June 16 is Bloomsday, celebrating the life of Irish writer James Joyce and the events of his celebrated novel, Ulysses, which take place on June 16, 1904. The date is observed annually in Dublin and other places worldwide. Joyce chose the date because that was the day of his first “date” with his wife-to-be, Nora Barnacle. They walked to the Dublin suburb of Ringsend. “Bloomsday” is derived from the name of Leopold Bloom, the protagonist of the novel. Pictured: First edition of Ulysses, 1922.