History: Jimi Hendrix born in 1942

History: Jimi Hendrix born in 1942

James Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix was born in Seattle, Washington, but rose to fame in Britain with his band the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he was arguably one of the most influential guitarists of the 1960s and perhaps in the history of rock music. Hendrix died in 1970 after collapsing at a party in London. He was 27 years old.

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Happy Thanksgiving !

Happy Thanksgiving !

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Today in History: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec born in 1864

Today in History: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec born in 1864

The French poster artist and painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was born 156 years ago today. Although he created only 32 posters, Lautrec was one of the greatest forces in the development of the modern poster. Drawn to the Bohemian district in Paris known as Montmarte for its theaters, artists, and writers, Lautrec’s work captured the eccentricities of Parisian nightlife.

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Today in History: BOAC formed in 1939

Today in History: BOAC formed in 1939

British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) was the British state-owned airline created in 1940 by the merger of Imperial Airways and British Airways Ltd. It continued operating overseas services throughout World War II. After the passing of the Civil Aviation Act of 1946, European and South American services passed to two further state-owned airlines, British European Airways (BEA) and British South American Airways (BSAA). BOAC absorbed BSAA in 1949, but BEA continued to operate British domestic and European routes for the next quarter century. A 1971 Act of Parliament merged BOAC and BEA with effect from 31 March 1974, forming today’s British Airways.[1]

1939 British Imperial Airways & British Airways merge to form

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Today in History: El Lissitzky born in 1890

Today in History: El Lissitzky born in 1890

Lazar Markovich Lissitzky, better known as El Lissitzky, was a Russian avant-garde designer, photographer, and architect. His work greatly influenced the Bauhaus and constructivist movements.

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Today in History: First Mercedes Test Drive in 1900

Today in History: First Mercedes Test Drive in 1900

120 years ago today, the first Mercedes was taken for its maiden drive in Cannstatt, Germany. The car was specially built for its buyer, Emil Jellinek, an entrepreneur with a passion for luxury cars. Jellinek had ordered cars from Daimler in the late 1890s and sold them to high society customers. But he also used them in racing events, entering them using the pseudonym “Mercedes,” the name of his elder daughter. In 1900, Jellinek entered an agreement with Daimler to sell a new line of 4-cylinder automobiles suggesting they be called Mercedes. The first Mercedes was test-driven on November 22 and delivered in December of 1900. Two years later, the Mercedes brand name registered legally.

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Today is World Television Day!

Today is World Television Day!

The United Nations General Assembly created this holiday in 1996. The inaugural celebration included the first World Television Forum, where leading media figures from the global community gathered to discuss the significance of television in today’s international issues. World Television Day highlights how communications can facilitate social and cultural development and encourages cooperation and partnerships in international media. Since its invention in the early 1900s, television has served as a medium for communication, entertainment, and household culture. Source: punchbowl.com

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Today in History: Ludwig Sütterlin dies in 1917

Today in History: Ludwig Sütterlin dies in 1917

103 years ago today, German graphic designer Ludwig Sütterlin (1865–1917) died. Sütterlin created the now famous poster for the Berlin Industrial Exhibition of 1896. The artist is best known, however, for designing the old German handwriting script (Sütterlin script or Sütterlin). In 1911, Sütterlin was commissioned by the Prussian Ministry for Culture to create a modern handwriting script that would set a basis for school children. His script of wide curves and sharp angles was taught in German schools from 1915 to 1941 (it became a national standard in 1934).

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Today in History: Mickey Mouse born in 1928

Today in History: Mickey Mouse born in 1928

Today is Mickey Mouse’s 92nd birthday. He is one of the most famous cartoon characters and is the first to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. This lovable character’s big-screen debut was in Steamboat Willie on November 18th, 1928. He represents everything Disney-related, and is one of the most recognized universal symbols of the 20th Century! Source: punchbowl.com

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Today in History: Coca-Cola bottle patented in 1915

Today in History: Coca-Cola bottle patented in 1915

On this day in 1915, one of the most famous shapes in the world was patented by the Root Glass Company from Terre Haute, Indiana: the Coca-Cola bottle. While its form has evolved over the years, its shape is almost universally recognized today. The famous bottle has been incorporated in artworks by such renowned artists as Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, and Salvador Dali. Click here for the story behind the bottle, or, here, for a visual timeline.

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