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: Alaska formally becomes part of the USA in 1867

Today in History: Alaska formally becomes part of the USA in 1867

The United States had purchased the large and sparsely populated territory of Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million, or less than two cents an acre. The purchase was not seen as a positive acquirement by many American citizens who believed that adding Alaska to the US’s territory was a waste of taxpayers’ money. Many called the act, Seward’s folly after Secretary of State William H. Seward, who was responsible for making the purchase. Alaska was admitted to the Union as a state in 1959. October 18 is annually celebrated as Alaska Day in Alaska.

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Today in History: The first Oktoberfest in 1810

Today in History: The first Oktoberfest in 1810

210 years ago today, the very first Oktoberfest took place. The festivities lasted five days and were organized around the wedding of the Bavarian Crown Prince. It was the first non-religious folk festival in Germany and had all of Munich on its feet – certainly something that has not changed in the last two centuries.

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Today in History: First Olympic Games in Asia in 1964

Today in History: First Olympic Games in Asia in 1964

56 Years ago today, the 18th modern Olympic Games opened in Tokyo. It was the first time that the Games were hosted by an Asian country. Tokyo was originally scheduled to hold the Games in 1940 but after Japan’s invasion on China, the honor was passed on to Helsinki and the event was ultimately canceled because of World War II. The 1964 Games were the first to be telecast live internationally. The “Summer Games” were scheduled for mid-October to avoid both the typhoon season (September) as well as Tokyo’s mid-summer heat and humidity. 93 nations participated, 16 of which made their first Olympic appearance.

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Today in History: KLM formed in 1919

Today in History: KLM formed in 1919

The official airline of the Netherlands, Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. or KLM, is the oldest airline that still operates under its original name. The first flight of the airline took place on May 17, 1920 between London and Amsterdam in a leased airplane.

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Today in History: Air France formed in 1933

Today in History: Air France formed in 1933

The French airline was formed 87 years ago today and this is always a great reason to show another example of Air France’s wonderful poster art, incl. this beautiful work from 1947.

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Today in History: Yosemite Park established in 1890

Today in History: Yosemite Park established in 1890

130 years ago today, Yosemite National Park was established as a national park. The 1,500 square miles of park territory is home to such natural wonders as Yosemite Falls; rock formations Half Dome and El Capitan, the largest granite monolith in the United States; and the giant sequoia trees. In 1889, John Muir and his fellow environmentalists started campaigning for congressional action to protect the large wilderness area surrounding Yosemite Valley and on October 1, 1890, President Benjamin Harrison signed the legislation that created the third national park in the United States.

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Today in History: First Flight around the World in 1924

Today in History: First Flight around the World in 1924

The first flight around the world was completed by the Americans Lowell H. Smith and Erik H. Nelson in 1924: after 176 days (starting on April 6) they had covered some 25,180 miles (42,398 km) in 57 stages and landed where they initially took off, in Seattle, Washington. Before the two Americans, five other nations had attempted the circumnavigation of the globe but none of them completed their journeys. Originally, 4 American airplanes departed Seattle but only two of them completed the entire trip. In preparation for flight, The U.S. Navy helped deliver spare engines and thousands of gallons of fuel to various places around the world. The crews arrived back in the United States in early September and then made several stops in larger cities before returning to Seattle.

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Today is World Tourism Day

Today is World Tourism Day

Since 1980, the United Nations World Tourism Organization has celebrated World Tourism Day on September 27. The Statutes of the UNWTO were adopted in 1970. The purpose of this day is to raise awareness on the role of tourism within the international community and to demonstrate how it affects social, cultural, political and economic values worldwide.

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Goodbye summer … welcome fall !

Goodbye summer … welcome fall !

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