Today in History: The German Parliament moves to Berlin in 1991

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Today in History: The German Parliament moves to Berlin in 1991

Bonn had been the capital of West Germany until the country’s reunification in 1990. The “Hauptstadtbeschluss” (capital decision) stipulated that the seat of government and the parliament also be moved to the “new” capital Berlin.

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Today in History: The “red telephone” is instituted in 1963

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Today in History: The “red telephone” is instituted in 1963

The hotline between the U.S. and the Soviet Union was established following Cuban Missile Crisis. Contrary to popular belief, communications between the two superpowers occurred mostly via teletype or fax.

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Today in History: Max Schmeling beats Joe Lewis in 1936

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Today in History: Max Schmeling beats Joe Lewis in 1936

Surprise? Sensation? 80 years ago today, on June 19, 1936, famed former world chamion Max Schmeling beat the previously undefeated American heavyweight Joe Louis by a knockout in round twelve at sold-out Yankee Stadium in New York. Schmeling became the new world heavyweight champion but would lose the title again to Louis only two years later in the one and only rematch.

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History: Nürburgring opens in 1927

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Today in History: Nürburgring opens in 1927

The Nürburgring is a 22.8-kilometer circuit for car and motorcycle racing located in the town of Nürburg in Germany. Some 3,000 workers helped build the “First Mountain, Race and Test Track.” The construction of the racetrack was part of a job creation program of the government for the economically weak Eifel. For decades, the Nürburgring was regarded as the most difficult racetrack in the world. In 1976, Niki Lauda barely survived a terrible accident on the Nordschleife, the “Green Hell.” After Lauda’s accident, Formula 1 races at the Nürburgring were discontinued. Lauda was the only person ever to lap the full 22,835-metre (14.189 miles) Nordschleife in under seven minutes.

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History: James Montgomery Flagg born in 1877

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History: James Montgomery Flagg born in 1877

On this day in 1877, American illustrator and poster artist, James Montgomery Flagg, was born in Pelham Manor, New York. By the age of 12, Flagg was selling his drawings and cartoons to St. Nicholas magazine. At the age of 15, he was a staff artist for both Judge and Life magazines, two of the nation’s most successful periodicals. He studied at the Art Students League in New York City (1894-1898), and then in London and Paris (1898-1900). Flagg remains best known for a single painting, his iconic illustration of Uncle Sam proclaiming, ‘I Want You’ for a US Army Recruiting poster. Between the years of 1917-1919, Flagg produced 46 posters for the United States Government, including the companion watercolor for ‘I Want You,’ entitled Miss Columbia. Flagg’s Uncle Sam image is still used over and over. The model for Uncle Sam was Monty Flagg himself – a self-portrait. Flagg died on May 27, 1960 in New York.

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Today in History: The Statue of Liberty arrives in New York in 1885

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Today in History: The Statue of Liberty arrives in New York in 1885

On this day in 1885, the dismantled Statue of Liberty arrived in New York Harbor after being shipped across the Atlantic Ocean from France in 350 individual pieces packed in more than 200 cases. The statue was a gift of friendship to the United States from the people of France. The copper and iron statue was designed by French sculptor Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi who named it “Liberty Enlightening the World.” It was dedicated by U.S. President Grover Cleveland on October 28, 1886. At 305 feet from its pedestal to the top of its torch, the Statue was taller than any New York City structure at the time. Today, the Statue of Liberty is one of America’s most famous landmarks and known around the world as a symbol of freedom and democracy.

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History: Psycho Premiere in New York

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Today in History: Psycho Premiere in New York

On this day in 1960, Alfred Hitchcock’s psychological horror thriller was first screened in New York. It was an immediate box-office success. The film starring Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh is an all-time classic of the suspense movie genre was released (in New York City). The Oscar-nominated psychological thriller, which caused controversy with film censors around the world, was first shown in cinemas in 1960 and was so successful that it was re-released in 1965. Famous for it’s shocking shower scene, people queued in long lines to see the film, which had a strict ‘no late admissions’ policy imposed by Hitchcock himself.

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Today in History: Andy Warhol’s First Exhibit in 1952

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Today in History: Andy Warhol’s First Exhibit in 1952

On this day in 1952, a young artist named Andy Warhol celebrated the first show of his artwork in New York. The co-founder of “Pop Art” exhibited a series of drawings that made reference to the works of the American writer, Truman Capote. Warhol had studied at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh before moving to New York in 1950. His studio, commonly known as “The Factory,” was a famous meeting place for New York artists, intellectuals and celebrities. From the mid-1960s on, Warhol no longer painted much himself. He produced a number of underground films, including “Chelsea Girls” (1966) and “Trash” (1970) and even managed a punk rock band, The Velvet Underground. Warhol passed away in Manhatten on February 22, 1987.

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Today is Nature Photography Day

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Today is Nature Photography Day

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Today is National Lobster Day

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Today is National Lobster Day

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