Today in History: Kyoto Protocol adopted in 1997

Today in History: Kyoto Protocol adopted in 1997

The Kyoto Protocol is an international agreement linked to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which commits its parties by setting internationally binding emission reduction targets – in essence the closest thing to a working global agreement to fight climate change. A total of 192 countries have signed and ratified the Kyoto Protocol; only Afghanistan, Sudan & the USA have not signed the treaty.

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Today is International Animal Rights Day

Today is International Animal Rights Day
Every year International Animal Rights Day is celebrated on December 10. This observance coincides with the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights declared in 1948, and this has been made deliberately.
On December 10, 1948 the UN General Assembly adopted and declared the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to prevent the repetition of World War II and concentration camps. But some years ago activists demanded expansion of the Declaration, stating that animals also have rights not to suffer pain and die because of human activity. At that time the term of speciesism was coined in order to talk about discrimination of the sentient beings due to the species they belong to. Animals can’t protect themselves from people, who think that they are superior just because they were born like this. Observance of International Animal Rights Day draws public attention to the issues of speciesism and discrimination. Annually numerous campaigns are organized on December 10 in order to recognize animal rights, stop deliberate cruelty and killing animals.

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Today in History: David Klein died in 2005

Today in History: David Klein died in 2005
David Klein was an American artist who is perhaps best known for the iconic travel images he created for Trans World Airlines (TWA) during the 1950s and 1960s. Klein studied art in Los Angeles and was a member of the California Watercolor Society during the 1930s. He served as an illustrator for the U.S. Army during World War II and moved to New York in 1953 where he worked as an art director for a theater advertising agency while also producing posters for successful plays. His breakthrough as a commercial artist came when he developed the advertising campaign for TWA. He created dozens of vibrant posters that display famous landmarks in an abstract style. David Klein passed away in New York in 2005 at the age of 87.

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Today is Independence Day in Finland

Today is Independence Day in Finland

Finland’s Independence Day commemorate the country’s declaration of independence from the Russian Democratic Federative Republic. The territory of present-day Finland became a part of Sweden in the 13th century. In 1809, Sweden was defeated by Russia in the Finnish war, and Finland became an autonomous part of the Russian Empire. When the 1917 February Revolution occurred in Russia, Finland got a chance to withdraw from Russian rule. The Parliament of Finland adopted the Finnish declaration of independence on December 6, 1917.
Independence Day has been celebrated since the first year of Finland’s independence. It used to be quite a solemn occasion marked by church services and patriotic speeches. However, in the 1970s its atmosphere became more informal, for example, concerts have become an integral part of the celebration. Of course, formal ceremonies take place as well. The holiday begins with a flag-raising ceremony on Observatory Hill in Helsinki. As Independence Day is an official flag day, the flag must be flown from public buildings until dusk. The ceremony is followed by a special church service and official visits to the war memorials to honor those who died in the Second World War. In the evening, about 2,000 guests attend the Presidential Independence Day reception.

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Today in History: Walt Disney born in 1901

Today in History: Walt Disney born in 1901

The pioneer of the American animation industry, Walter Elias Disney was born 117 years ago today in Chicago. , Disney got a job as a commercial illustrator at the age of 18. He moved to California in the early 1920s and set up the Disney Brothers Studio with his brother Roy. With Ub Iwerks, he developed the character Mickey Mouse in 1928, his first highly popular success. As the studio grew, Disney became more adventurous, introducing synchronized sound, full-color three-strip Technicolor, feature-length cartoons and technical developments in cameras. The results, seen in features such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), Pinocchio, Fantasia (both 1940), Dumbo (1941) and Bambi (1942), furthered the development of the animated film.

In the 1950s, Disney expanded into the amusement park industry, and in 1955 he opened Disneyland. To fund the project he diversified into television programs, such as Walt Disney’s Disneyland and The Mickey Mouse Club. In 1965, he began development of Disney World, the heart of which was to be the “Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow” (EPCOT). Disney was a heavy smoker throughout his life, and died of lung cancer in December 1966 before either the park or the EPCOT project were completed. Source: wikipedia.org

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Today in History: Bay Bridge opens in 1936

Today in History: Bay Bridge opens in 1936

The San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge, known locally as the Bay Bridge, is a complex of bridges spanning San Francisco Bay in California. As part of Interstate 80 and the direct road between San Francisco and Oakland, it carries about 260,000 vehicles a day on its two decks and has one of the longest spans in the United States. The toll bridge was conceived as early as the gold rush days, but construction did not begin until 1933. Designed by Charles H. Purcell, and built by American Bridge Company, it opened on November 12, 1936, six months before the Golden Gate Bridge. It originally carried automobile traffic on its upper deck, and trucks and interurban streetcars on the lower, but after the Key System abandoned rail service, the lower deck was converted to all-road traffic as well. Source: wikipedia.org

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Today in History: Emil Cardinaux born in 1877

Today in History: Emil Cardinaux born in 1877

141 years ago today, Swiss poster designer and landscape artist, Emil Cardinaux, was born in Bern. Besides Burkhard Mangold, Cardinaux was probably the first Swiss artist who dedicated himself whole-heartedly to the medium of the poster, recognizing the true value and qualities of the art form. He became famous with his 1908 Zermatt poster of the Matterhorn, arguably one of the most influential Swiss tourism posters of all times. Cardinaux produced more than 130 posters, including many commercial advertising images.

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