Today in History: Stanley Walter Galli born in 1912

Today in History: Stanley Walter Galli born in 1912

Happy Birthday, Stanley Walter Galli. The San Francisco native studied at the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco and the Art Center School in Los Angeles before he launched his illustration career in the late 1930s. Over the decades, his works appeared in McCall’s, Ladies Home Journal, Readers Digest, True Magazine, and the Saturday Evening Post. He also designed 26 postage stamps for the USPO. In the poster world, Galli is well-known for his beautiful travel posters for United Airlines that were commissioned during the late 1950s through the mid-1960s. Galli died in 2009 at the age of 97.

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Today in History: First escalator installed in NY in 1893

Today in History: First escalator installed in NY in 1893

125 years ago today, Jesse W. Reno installed the first working escalator (called the “inclined elevator”) at the Old Iron Pier at Coney Island in New York City.
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Today in History: Grand Canyon declared National Monument in 1908

Today in History: Grand Canyon declared National Monument in 1908

110 years ago today, U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt declares the massive Grand Canyon in northwestern Arizona a national monument.

Though Native Americans lived in the area as early as the 13th century, the first European sighting of the canyon wasn’t until 1540, by members of an expedition headed by the Spanish explorer Francisco Vasquez de Coronado. Because of its remote and inaccessible location, several centuries passed before North American settlers really explored the canyon. In 1869, geologist John Wesley Powell led a group of 10 men in the first difficult journey down the rapids of the Colorado River and along the length of the 277-mile gorge in four rowboats.

By the end of the 19th century, the Grand Canyon was attracting thousands of tourists each year. One famous visitor was President Theodore Roosevelt, a New Yorker with a particular affection for the American West.After becoming president in1901 after the assassination of President William McKinley, Roosevelt made environmental conservation a major part of his presidency. After establishing the National Wildlife Refuge to protect the country’s animals, fish and birds, Roosevelt turned his attention to federal regulation of public lands. Though a region could be given national park status–indicating that all private development on that land was illegal–only by an act of Congress, Roosevelt cut down on red tape by beginning a new presidential practice of granting a similar “national monument” designation to some of the West’s greatest treasures.

In January 1908, Roosevelt exercised this right to make more than 800,000 acres of the Grand Canyon area into a national monument. “Let this great wonder of nature remain as it now is,” he declared. “You cannot improve on it. But what you can do is keep it for your children, your children’s children, and all who come after you, as the one great sight which every American should see.”

Congress did not officially outlaw private development in the Grand Canyon until 1919, when President Woodrow Wilson signed the Grand Canyon National Park Act. Today, more than 5 million people visit the canyon each year. The canyon floor is accessible by foot, mule or boat, and whitewater rafting, hiking and running in the area are especially popular. Many choose to conserve their energies and simply take in the breathtaking view from the canyon’s South Rim–some 7,000 feet above sea level–and marvel at a vista virtually unchanged for over 400 years. Source: http://www.history.com.

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Today in History: Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge begins in 1933

Today in History: Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge begins in 1933

The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco is one of the best-known symbols of the United States. First ideas and drafts of the project started circulating at the end of the 19th century but no one thought the project financially and technically feasible. Today, the bridge is considered to be one of the Wonders of the Modern World. Frommers travel guide called it ” possibly the most beautiful, certainly the most photographed, bridge in the world.”

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History Today: Ellis Island opens in doors in 1892

History Today: Ellis Island opens in doors in 1892

126 years ago today, America’s first federal immigration station opens on Ellis Island in New York. Only 700 immigrants entered the United States passing through Ellis Island that day. But over the course of the year, almost half a million more followed! More than 12 million people passed through the island over the next five decades.

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Today is Polar Bear Swim Day

Today is Polar Bear Swim Day

Since 1920, a group of hardy swimmers has celebrated New Year’s Day by plunging into the frigid waters of Vancouver’s English Bay. As crazy as it sounds, the custom has spread to the United States, where chapters of the American Polar Bear Club have established themselves in a number of states known for their cold winter weather. In Sheboygan, Wisconsin, more than 300 daring swimmers—many of them in costume—brave the ice floes of Lake Michigan to take their New Year’s Day swim. About 3,000 to 4,000 spectators stay bundled up on the beach and watch. The Sheboygan event has gradually expanded into a day-long festival, with a brat-fry, a costume contest, and live entertainment. (Source: thefreedictionary.com)

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Happy New Year !  

Happy New Year !  

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