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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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 is 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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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 National Lobster Day

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Today is National Lobster Day

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History: Stars & Stripes adopted in 1777

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History: Stars & Stripes adopted in 1777

During the American Revolution, the Continental Congress adopts a resolution stating that “the flag of the United States be thirteen alternate stripes red and white” and that “the Union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation.” The national flag, which became known as the “Stars and Stripes,” was based on the “Grand Union” flag, a banner carried by the Continental Army in 1776 that also consisted of 13 red and white stripes. According to legend, Philadelphia seamstress Betsy Ross designed the new canton for the Stars and Stripes, which consisted of a circle of 13 stars and a blue background, at the request of General George Washington. Historians have been unable to conclusively prove or disprove this legend. Source: history.com.

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Today is National Sewing Machine Day

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Today is National Sewing Machine Day
National Sewing Machine Day honors the invention of the sewing machine. It is hard to imagine having to sew things together by hand, stitch by stitch. Skilled cabinet-maker and English inventor, Thomas Saint, received the first patent for a design of a sewing machine in 1790. It was meant for leather and canvas, was never advertised and no evidence of it, other than his drawings, could be found. In 1874, William Newton Wilson found Saint’s drawings in the London Patent Office, made adjustments, and built a working model. This model is currently owned by the London Science Museum. Industrial use of the sewing machine reduced the burden that was placed upon housewives, moving clothing production from them and seamstresses to large-scale factories. This also resulted in a decrease in production time which caused the price of clothing to drop considerably.

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History: Christo born in 1935

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Today in History: Christo born in 1935

The avant-garde artist known as Christo (Christo Vladimirov Javacheff) was born on this day in 1935 in Bulgaria. Christo is famous for his spectacular, large-scale installations. He and his wife have wrapped the Reichstag in Berlin, the Pont Neuf in Paris, and turned New York’s Central Park orange with his project The Gates. Christo passed away on May 31 of 2020 in New York.

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History: The World’s First Auto Race in 1895

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Today in History: The World’s First Auto Race in 1895

On this day in 1895, Emile Levassor became the winner of arguably the world’s first official automobile race from Paris to Bordeaux and back. After 732-miles, Levassor crossed the finish line in Paris in his Panhard et Levassor car in just under 49 hours with an average speed of 15 miles per hour – an impressive achievement at the time. Other motor events had taken place prior to 1895 but they were not considered “official races” but “motoring exhibitions” that included limited competitions. Panhard et Levassor became a major force in the developing French auto industry. The success of the Paris-Bordeau-Paris race prompted the creation of the Automobile Club de France. The organization promoted future motorsports events that would eventually grow into the Grand Prix motor racing and Formula One.

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Today is National Red Rose Day

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Today is National Red Rose Day

National Red Rose Day honors the flower that is a symbol of love and romance. Red roses were used in many early cultures as decorations in wedding ceremonies and wedding attire. It was through this practice that, over the years, the red rose became known as a symbol of love and romance. The tradition of giving red roses as the strongest message of love is still practiced today.

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