Today in History: Wall Street Crash of 1929

Today in History: Wall Street Crash of 1929

91 years ago today, the most devastating stock market crash in the history of the United States occurred, when taking into consideration the full extent and duration of its after effects. The Wall Street (or Stock Market) Crash of 1929 started on October 24 and continued until October 29, 1929, when share prices on the New York Stock Exchange collapsed. The crash, which followed the London Stock Exchange’s crash of September, signaled the beginning of the 12-year Great Depression that affected all Western industrialized countries.

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Today in History: Soccer legend Pelé turns 80

Today in History: Soccer legend Pelé turns 80

Happy Birthday to Brazilian soccer legend, Pelé, born Edson Arantes do Nascimento on October 23, 1940. Considered by many to be the greatest soccer player of all time, Pelé became a star at the age of 17 with his performance in the 1958 World Cup. Pelé played professional soccer in Brazil for two decades and was a member of three Brazilian World Cup teams. He was been named FIFA co-Player of the Century in 1999 and continues to serve as a global ambassador for soccer and other humanitarian causes.

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Today in History: Robert Rauschenberg is born in 1925

Today in History: Robert Rauschenberg is born in 1925

95 years ago today, American painter and graphic artist, Robert Rauschenberg, was born in Port Arthur, Texas. He studied art in Kansas (1946-1947), Paris (1947) and at Black Mountain College in North Carolina under Joseph Albers (1948-1950). Rauschenberg was based in New York City and is perhaps best known for his influence on pop art of the 1960s, constantly questioning the distinction between art and everyday objects. The eclectic artist often combined sculpture and paint in his works. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, he experimented with collage and photography. Rauschenberg died from heart failure in 2008.

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Today in History: Thomas Edison invents a commercially practical incandescent light

Today in History: Thomas Edison invents a commercially practical incandescent light

On this day in 1879, Thomas Edison invented a commercially practical incandescent light at his industrial research lab in Menlo Park, New Jersey. Edison had filed his first patent application for “Improvement In Electric Lights” in October 1878. The first successful test was on October 22, 1879, and lasted 13.5 hours. Historians list 22 inventors of incandescent lamps prior to Thomas Edison but Edison’s, although not first light bulb, is considered to be the first practical incandescent lamp.

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Today in History: Monterey Bay Aquarium opens in 1984

Today in History: Monterey Bay Aquarium opens in 1984

36 years ago today, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, one of the largest aquariums in the world opens in Monterey Bay, California. Among its many “firsts,” it is the only aquarium in the world able to keep a great white shark captive for more than 16 days.

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Today in History: Peter Max born in 1937

 

Today in History: Peter Max born in 1937

Happy Birthday, Peter Max! Peter Max (born Peter Max Finkelstein in Berlin) is a pop culture graphic artist known for his psychedelic style of painting and the use of bright, vibrant colors. In 1938, Max’s parents fled Berlin to settle in China and later in Israel, Paris and New York. Max began his artistic career in the United States in the 1960s by opening a small art studio with a friend. He developed a unique style of art combining antique photographic images, bold colors, and collages. His studio became very popular among business houses and his art was soon appearing on posters and walls of the colleges in the U.S.  He became famous for his unique symbolism and his artworks appeared on several television commercials which made him a national icon.

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Today is National Pasta Day

Today is National Pasta Day

Linguine, fettuccine, spaghetti, tortellini, ziti—the list of kinds of pasta is endless! Pasta is typically thought of as an Italian dish, but there is evidence that people living in Asia in 2000 BC made noodles with millet! Pasta can be made dry (pasta secca) or fresh (pasta fresca). There are over 350 varieties of dried pasta in Italy. The highest quality of dried pasta is made with pure durum semolina flour and water. Did you know that a typical Italian person eats over sixty pounds of pasta per year? In comparison, Americans only eat around twenty pounds of pasta per person per year! Source: punchbowl.com

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Today is National Boss’s Day

Today is National Boss’s Day

Back in 1958, Patricia Bays Haroski, a secretary at State Farm Insurance in Deerfield, Illinois registered “National Boss’s Day” with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. She was working for her father at the time and chose October 16 in honor of her father’s (i.e. her boss’s) birthday. Four years later, Illinois Governor, Otto Kerner, officially proclaimed Boss’s (also Bosses) Day. It became a Hallmark Holiday in 1979 with the introduction of National Boss’s Day cards.

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Today in History: Mauzan born in 1883

Today in History: Mauzan born in 1883

Achille Lucien Mauzan was born on the French Riviera but moved to Italy in 1905. He was known as a decorative illustrator, though he also painted and sculpted. After studying at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts at Lyon, France, Mauzan divided his life between Milan, Paris and Buenos Aires. During his career as a poster printer and designer, Mauzan created over 2,000 posters, using a style marked by humor and brilliant colors for advertisement and events. In 1926, he set up the “Affiches Mauzan” publishing house in Argentina where many of his greatest works were created and where he worked until 1932 before returning to France. He died in January of 1952.

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Today in History: Le Corbusier presents Unité d’habitation in 1952

Today in History: Le Corbusier presents Unité d’habitation in 1952
The Unité d’habitation (Housing Unit) is a modernist residential housing

design principle developed by the architect Le Corbusier, with the collaboration of painter-architect Nadir Afonso. The concept formed the basis of several housing developments designed by him throughout Europe. The most famous of these developments, which was supported by the French government and had been built since 1947, is located in south Marseille. Due to its construction, the “housing unit” was to enable new forms of communication and coexistence. The building complex for 1800 residents, consisting of 23 variations of apartments, included two “streets” within the settlement with shops, a school and a hotel. A kindergarten and a sports hall were also housed on the roof of the residential project.

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