Today in History: Miles Davis born in 1926

Today in History: Miles Davis born in 1926

94 years ago today, American jazz legend, Miles Dewey Davis III, was born in Alton, Illinois. Davis was among the most influential figures in the history of jazz music and 20th century music. His five-decade career kept him at the forefront of a number of major stylistic developments in jazz.

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Art History: Eugene Grasset born in 1845

Art History: Eugene Grasset born in 1845

The acclaimed Swiss decorative poster artist would turn 175 years old if he were still alive today. Grasset (25 May 1845 – 23 October 1917) studied drawing and architecture and worked as a painter and sculptor before he moved to Paris in 1871. It was not until the late 1870s that Grasset became interested in graphic design. He created  his first posters in the mid- to late-1880s. Grasset was famous for his classical portrayal of women. His poster works are considered cornerstones of the Art Nouveau movement.

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Today in National Wine Day

Today in National Wine Day

Pour a glass of your favorite wine on May 25 to participate in National Wine Day.  Celebrated each year, it has a sister holiday in February, National Drink Wine Day

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Today in History: Sale of Manhattan in 1626

Today in History: Sale of #Manhattan in 1626

394 years ago today, Peter Minuit, a Dutch colonist, acquired Manhattan from unnamed Native American people in exchange for trade goods worth 60 Dutch guilders (approx.. $1100 today, accounting for inflation). With the purchase, the settlers wanted to lay the foundation for a central Dutch presence in North America, calling it New (Nieuw) Amsterdam, what is now lower Manhattan.

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Today in History: Bob Dylan born in 1941

Today in History: Bob Dylan born in 1941
Happy Birthday! The American music icon is celebrating his 79th birthday today.

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Today is World Turtle Day!

Today is World Turtle Day!

Did you know that turtles have been around for more than 200 million years? These ancient creatures evolved before mammals, birds, snakes, or lizards! Biologists believe that turtles have managed to outlive many other species due to the unique protection provided by their shells. Turtles come in all different shapes and sizes, and can be found on every continent except Antarctica. The smallest is the Bog Turtle, which usually measures just four inches in length, and the largest is the Leathery Turtle, which can weigh up to 1500 pounds! Source: punchbowl.com

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Today in History: Julius Klinger born in 1876

Today in History: Julius Klinger born in 1876

144 years ago today, the Austrian poster artist, painter and type designer was born near Vienna. Klinger initially worked as a magazine illustrator in Vienna, Munich, and Berlin. He produced numerous posters through the Berlin printing company Hollerbaum & Schmidt.

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