Today in History: Josef Müller-Brockmann born in 1914

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Today in History: Josef Müller-Brockmann born in 1914

Josef Müller-Brockmann studied architecture, design, and history of art at the Kunstgewerbeschule and the University in Zurich. At the age of 22, he opened his own studio with a focus on graphic design, exhibition design, and photography. His objective design practices led to the breakthrough of the “Swiss Style” during the 1950s. In 1958, Müller-Brockmann became the founder and co-editor (until 1965) of the journal Neue Grafik (New Graphic Design), spreading the principles of Swiss Design internationally. Müller-Brockmann never allowed his designs to be influenced by trends or styles but followed his own aesthetics and ethics. His posters provided numerous institutions and companies with a convincing graphic appearance and became a model in their quality. Müller-Brockmann passed away on August 30, 1996 in Zurich.

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Happy Mother’s Day!

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Happy Mother’s Day!

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Coca-Cola invented in 1886

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Today in History: Coca-Cola invented in 1886

On this day in 1886, pharmacist John Pemberton developed a brown lemonade using the coca extract, caffeine. coca leaves and soda water. Initially intended to be sold as syrup medicine, the drink soon became the most popular soda drink on the planet. Coca-Cola was born.

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Peter Tchaikovsky born in 1840

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Today in History: Peter Tchaikovsky born in 1840
Today is the birthday of Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky who is famous for many masterpieces such as “The Nutcracker” and “Swan Lake.” The classical music great would turn 179 years old if he were still alive today.

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International Tuba Day

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International Tuba Day

Today is International Tube Day (celebrated on the first Friday of each year). We do not play the tuba and know little about the instrument’s history (you can learn all about the tube at http://www.tubaday.com) but we did want to show this very cool poster from the early 1960s, so the headline seemed appropriate.

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Today is National Nurses Day!

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Today is National Nurses Day!

Today is the first day of Nurses Week, which begins each year on May 6 and ends on May 12 (Florence Nightingale’s birthday). It is a celebration of the meaningful work that nurses do each and every day. In 1953, Dorothy Sutherland, an employee at the United States Department of Health, sent a letter to President Eisenhower recommending a National Nurses Day be created. Although Eisenhower did not make an official proclamation, people began celebrating Nurses Day the following year. Twenty years later, President Nixon made it an official holiday. Source: punchbowl.com

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Happy Cinco de Mayo!

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Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Originating in the 1860′s with Mexican-American communities in the American West, Southwest and Northwest, the American Cinco de Mayo began as a way to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of the American Civil War. Today, in the United States, Cinco de Mayo is observed annually on May 5 as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. According to José Alamillo, professor of ethnic studies at Washington State University in Pullman, a 2006 study found there are more than 150 official Cinco de Mayo events across the country. Cinco de Mayo celebrations in the United States have taken on a significance beyond that in Mexico. They include displaying of banners and events highlighting Mexican culture, music, and regional dancing, as well as school districts holding special events to educate students about its historical significance.  In the U.S., commercial interests have capitalized on the celebration by advertising Mexican products and services with an emphasis on beverages, food, and music. (Source: http://www.nationaldaycalendar.com)

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Today in History: Audrey Hepburn born in 1929

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Today in History: Audrey Hepburn born in 1929

On this day in 1929, screen legend Audrey Hepburn (born Audrey Kathleen Ruston) was born in Brussels, Belgium. 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: James Brown born in 1933

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Today in History: James Brown born in 1933

On this day in 1933, James Joseph Brown (May 3, 1933 – December 25, 2006), was born in Barnwell, South Carolina. The singer and songwriter was a major musical figure of 20th-century music and dance. Brown is often referred to as the “Godfather of Soul,” “Soul Brother #1, “Mr. Dynamite,” or “Sex Machine.” His career lasted over 50 years.

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Today in History: Cap Arcona sunk in 1945

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Today in History: Cap Arcona sunk in 1945
On this day in 1945, the German ship “Cap Arcona” laden with prisoners was sunk by the Royal Air Force in the East Sea. It is estimated that 5,800 people on board were killed – one of largest maritime losses of life. In this case, the latest British intelligence on the presence of war prisoners on the ship never reached the pilots who attacked them. As they made their final descent, the airmen likely believed they were attacking bona fide hostile targets. Ultimately, the fate of the Cap Arcona and its passengers was a tragic consequence of the fog of war.

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