Today in History: 1st Pink Floyd Album released in 1967

Today in History: 1st Pink Floyd Album released in 1967

On this day in 1967,  Pink Floyd released its first album, “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn.”

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Today in History: One million Beetles in 1955

Today in History: One million Beetles in 1955

65 years ago today, the one millionth VW Beetle came off its assembly line in Wolfsburg, Germany, where it is still on display at the Volkswagen Auto Museum.

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Today in History: Louis Armstrong born in 1901

Today in History: Louis Armstrong born in 1901

Louis Armstrong is best known as one of the greats in jazz music. Born in New Orleans, he began playing in public after dropping out of school at age 11. By the time he was 14, Armstrong was playing his cornet in a night club. Like many other jazz musicians, he moved to Chicago which was quickly becoming the center of Jazz in the United States. Over the next few years even during the great depression of the early thirties he still found work due to his unique style. In 1964 he recorded his biggest hit “Hello, Dolly!” which not only went to number 1 on the pop music chart but even dislodged the Beatles. Armstrong died on July 6, 1971.

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Today in History: Firestone Tire and Rubber Company founded in 1900

Today in History: Firestone Tire and Rubber Company founded in 1900

119 years ago today, the American tire company was founded by Harvey Samuel Firestone in Akron, Ohio. In 1988, the company was taken over by Japan’s Bridgestone Corporation.

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Today in History: Los Angeles discovered in 1769

Today in History: Los Angeles discovered in 1769

Spanish Army Captain Gaspar de Portola and Franciscan missionary Juan Crespi discovered the present site of Los Angeles on August 2, 1769. Portola named the area “El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula” (in English, the town of our lady the Queen of Angels of the little Portion). The city was officially founded on September 4, 1781, by Spanish governor Felipe de Neve. In 1821, it came part of Mexico following the Mexican War of Independence before it was purchased by the United States in 1848.

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Happy Birthday, Switzerland

Happy Birthday, Switzerland

Founded in 1291, the Swiss are celebrating their country’s 729th anniversary today.

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Today In History: Opening of the Berlin Zoo in 1844

Today In History: Opening of the Berlin Zoo in 1844

The Berlin Zoo is the oldest and perhaps best-known zoo in Germany. It opened in 1844 and is located in Berlin’s Tiergarten. With a space of 35 hectares (86.5 acres), some 1,380 different species and over 20,000 animals, the Berlin Zoo presents one of the most comprehensive collections of species in the world. The zoo and its aquarium had more than 3.5 million visitors in 2017. It is the most visited zoo in Europe and one of the most popular worldwide.

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Today in History: British ban on cigarette ads on television in 1965

Today in History: British ban on cigarette ads on television in 1965

On this day in 1965, cigarette advertising was banned on British television, although commercials for loose tobacco and cigars continued until 1991. A similar anti-smoking initiative took place in the United States in 1970. Congress passed the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act, banning all advertising of cigarettes on television and radio as of January 2, 1971.

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Today in History: Last classic VW Beetle rolls off the line in 2003

 

Today in History: Last classic VW Beetle rolls off the line in 2003

On this day in 2003, the last of 21,529,464 Volkswagen Beetles built since World War II rolls off the production line at Volkswagen’s plant in Puebla, Mexico. One of a 3,000-unit final edition, the baby-blue vehicle was sent to a museum in Wolfsburg, Germany, where Volkswagen is headquartered.

The car produced in Puebla that day was the last so-called “classic” VW Beetle, which is not to be confused with the redesigned new Beetle that Volkswagen introduced in 1998. (The new Beetle resembles the classic version but is based on the VW Golf.) The roots of the classic Beetle stretch back to the mid-1930s, when the famed Austrian automotive engineer Dr. Ferdinand Porsche met German leader Adolf Hitler’s request for a small, affordable passenger car to satisfy the transportation needs of the German people Hitler called the result the KdF (Kraft-durch-Freude)-Wagen (or “Strength-Through-Joy” car) after a Nazi-led movement ostensibly aimed at helping the working people of Germany; it would later be known by the name Porsche preferred: Volkswagen, or “people’s car.”

The first production-ready Kdf-Wagen debuted at the Berlin Motor Show in 1939; the international press soon dubbed it the “Beetle” for its distinctive rounded shape. During World War II, the factory in Kdf-stat (later renamed Wolfsburg) continued to make Beetles, though it was largely dedicated to the production of war vehicles. Production was halted under threat of Allied bombing in August 1944 and did not resume until after the war, under British control. Though VW sales were initially slower in the United States compared with the rest of the world, by 1960 the Beetle was the top-selling import in America, thanks to an iconic ad campaign by the firm Doyle Dane Bernbach. In 1972, the Beetle surpassed the longstanding worldwide production record of 15 million vehicles, set by Ford Motor Company’s legendary Model T between 1908 and 1927. It also became a worldwide cultural icon, featuring prominently in the hit 1969 movie “The Love Bug” (which starred a Beetle named Herbie) and on the cover of the Beatles album “Abbey Road.”

In 1977, however, the Beetle, with its rear-mounted, air-cooled-engine, was banned in America for failing to meet safety and emission standards. Worldwide sales of the car shrank by the late 1970s and by 1988, the classic Beetle was sold only in Mexico. Due to increased competition from other manufacturers of inexpensive compact cars, and a Mexican decision to phase out two-door taxis, Volkswagen decided to discontinue production of the classic bug in 2003. The final count of 21,529,464, incidentally, did not include the original 600 cars built by the Nazis prior to World War II.

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Today in History: Abram Games born in 1914

Today in History: Abram Games born in 1914
On this day in 1914, the British designer and poster artist, Abram Games, was born. Games became a freelancing graphic artist at age 22. During World War II, he designed around 100 propaganda posters as an official poster artist to the British War Office. Some of his images were controversial: his ATS (Auxiliary Territorial Service) poster was labeled the “blonde bombshell” by the press, depicting a beautiful ATS girl with deep red lipstick. The poster was banned by the military. After the war, Games was a sought after commercial artist and worked for such companies as British Airways, The Financial Times, Guinness, London Transport and Shell.

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