Today in History: Adolfo Hohenstein born in 1854

Today in History: Adolfo Hohenstein born in 1854

Adolfo Hohenstein was a painter, illustrator, and set designer. He was born in Saint Petersburg, capital of the Russian Empire, to German parents, Julius and Laura Irack. Adolfo grew up and studied in Vienna. In 1879, he settled down in Milan, Italy, where he worked as a set and costume designer for La Scala and other theatres. In 1889 he began to work for the Ricordi Graphical Workshops where he created numerous posters theatrical (f. ex. La Boheme, Tosca) and advertising (f. ex. Campari, Mele) posters. Together with Leonetto Cappiello, Giovanni Mario Mataloni, Leopoldo Metlicovitz, and Marcello Dudovich, Hohenstein is considered one of the most important Italian poster designers.

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Today in History: First Rocket Launch in 1926

Today in History: First Rocket Launch in 1926

The American Professor Robert Hutchings Goddard (1882-1945) is considered the founder of modern astronautics. He is credited with building and launching the world’s first functional, liquid fuel rocket on March 16, 1926. Its flight lasted only two and a half seconds but the rocket flew an impressive 56 yards.

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Today in History: Lucian Bernhard born in 1883

Today in History: Lucian Bernhard born in 1883

Lucian Bernhard (March 15, 1883 – May 29, 1972) was a German graphic and type designer during the first half of the twentieth century. He was influential in helping create the design style known as Plakatstil (Poster Style), which used reductive imagery and flat-color as well as Sachplakat (‘object poster’) which restricted the image to advertising simply the object and its brand name. Among his most famous works were poster designs for Stiller shoes, Manoli cigarettes, and Priester matches.

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Today in History: World’s Fair in Osaka, Japan in 1970

Today in History: World’s Fair in Osaka, Japan

49 years ago today, the first World Exposition in Asia was opened in Osaka (Japan). The theme of the exhibition was “Progress and Harmony for Mankind.” Almost 80 states and countless organizations devoted themselves to focus on communication and exhibited the latest developments and designs: wireless communication, video and screen phones were outstanding technical achievements. Nearly 65 million people visited the fair, providing the organizers with a net income of 52 million dollars, a record profit for any World’s Fair. The symbol of the exhibition was a stylized cherry blossom with five petals.

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Today is National Jewel Day

Today is #NationalJewelDay

National Jewel Day is observed annually on March 13, celebrating brilliant gems of all shapes, sizes, cuts and colors. While the origins of this holiday are unknown, we can take a wild guess that a jeweler or gal came up with the idea.

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Today in History: Aspirin hits the world market

Today in History: Aspirin hits the world market

Aspirin is a medication used to treat pain, fever, or inflammation. A precursor to aspirin found in leaves from the willow tree has been used for its health effects for at least 2,400 years. In 1897, scientists at the Bayer company began studying acetylsalicylic acid as a less-irritating replacement medication for common salicylate medicines. By 1899, Bayer had named it “Aspirin” and sold it around the world. Aspirin’s popularity grew over the first half of the twentieth century leading to competition between many brands and formulations. Source: wikipedia.

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Today is National Dentist’s Day

Today is National Dentist’s Day

Observed annually on March 6, it is time to say “Thank You” to your dentist. Most of us would rather be someplace else than sitting in a dental chair. However, when our checkup is done, our teeth are cleaned, the cavities are filled, the broken tooth is fixed, a toothache is gone, we appreciate what the dentist has done for us. Keep brushing those teeth …

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