Today in History: First passenger flight of the Concorde in 1976

Today in History: First passenger flight of the Concorde in 1976

42 years ago today, the airliner Concorde began its passenger service. The supersonic jet was first flown in  in 1969. Commercial service continued until the end of 2003. A total of only 20 aircraft were built. British Airways and Air France were its primary users.

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Today in History: Audrey Hepburn died in 1993

Today in History: Audrey Hepburn died in 1993

25 years ago today, screen legend Audrey Hepburn (born Audrey Kathleen Ruston) passed away. The British film and fashion icon was one of Hollywood’s largest movie stars during the 1950s and 1960s. Hepburn shot to stardom through her Oscar-winning lead role in Roman Holiday in 1953. She went on to star in a number of successful films, such as Sabrina (1954), The Nun’s Story (1959), Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), Charade (1963), My Fair Lady (1964) and Wait Until Dark (1967). Hepburn devoted much of her later life to UNICEF. She died of appendiceal cancer at her home in Switzerland at the age of 63. Source: wikipedia.org

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Today in History: 1st Official Basketball Game in 1892

Today in History: 1st Official Basketball Game in 1892

On January 20, 1892, the first official game of basketball was played at a YMCA gymnasium in Albany, New York. The game was created a month earlier by Dr. James Naismith in Springfield, Massachusetts. Naismith wrote the sport’s original 13 rules to create a game that could be played in YMCA gyms during the cold winter months. Initially, teams were made up of nine players attempting to toss a soccer ball into peach baskets secured to the balconies at the ends of a gymnasium. When a basket was made, the game was paused while a man with a ladder had to retrieve the ball. Following the first public matches in 1892, popularity of the new game spread quickly. The first intercollegiate match was played in 1895 and the first professional league was founded in 1898. Nets did not replace the sport’s original peach baskets until 1905.

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Today in History: Last German VW Beetle produced in 1978

Today in History: Last German VW Beetle produced in 1978

40 years ago today marked the end of the German production of the Beetle: On January 19, 1978 the last model of the legendary car rolled off the assembly lines at the Volkswagen plant in Emden, Germany. Here is a link to a short blog about the VW Beetle: http://wp.me/p6cafs-N

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Today in History: Janis Joplin born in 1943

Today in History: Janis Joplin born in 1943

75 years ago today, Janis Lyn Joplin, one of America’s biggest female rock stars of the 1960s, was born.

She was the goddess of the hippie movement – and is considered, by many, to be the best white blues singer in the world. Janis Joplin celebrated her greatest success in 1969 at Woodstock. Only one year later, she died of a heroin overdose.

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Today in History: Stanley Walter Galli born in 1912

Today in History: Stanley Walter Galli born in 1912

Happy Birthday, Stanley Walter Galli. The San Francisco native studied at the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco and the Art Center School in Los Angeles before he launched his illustration career in the late 1930s. Over the decades, his works appeared in McCall’s, Ladies Home Journal, Readers Digest, True Magazine, and the Saturday Evening Post. He also designed 26 postage stamps for the USPO. In the poster world, Galli is well-known for his beautiful travel posters for United Airlines that were commissioned during the late 1950s through the mid-1960s. Galli died in 2009 at the age of 97.

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Today in History: First escalator installed in NY in 1893

Today in History: First escalator installed in NY in 1893

125 years ago today, Jesse W. Reno installed the first working escalator (called the “inclined elevator”) at the Old Iron Pier at Coney Island in New York City.
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