Today in History: Ottomar Anton born in 1895

Today in History: Ottomar Anton born in 1895

123 years ago today, the German painter and graphic designer Ottomar Carl Joseph Anton was born in Hamburg. Anton is well known for his commercial travel art from the 1920s and 1930s when he designed numerous maritime posters for the Hamburg-America Line, Cunard and other steamship companies. Anton also created advertising posters for Adler, 4711 as well as posters for the 1936 Olympic sailing competition. He worked mostly in Hamburg but also spent some time in Cologne and Cairo, Anton passed away in 1976.

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Today is Monkey Day!

Today is Monkey Day!

Quit monkeying around and take a moment to participate in this celebration of all things simian. Did you know that there are three distinct types of simian primates? Familiar species like baboons and macaques are classified as Old World Monkeys. Capuchins and howler monkeys are New World Monkeys, and chimpanzees and gorillas are Apes. There are currently 264 known monkey species in the world. To celebrate Monkey Day, dress in your favorite monkey attire, share your favorite monkey photo with your friends, or donate to your favorite monkey charity. While you’re at it, don’t forget to indulge in some mischievous monkey business! For more ideas, visit the official Monkey Day website. (Source: http://www.punchbowl.com)

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Today in History: Edward McKnight Kauffer born in 1890

Today in History: Edward McKnight Kauffer born in 1890

128 years ago today, Edward McKnight Kauffer, one of Britain’s most influential poster artists and graphic designers between the wars, was born in Great Falls, Montana. Kauffer began his professional life as a painter in San Francisco and Chicago before studying in Paris (1913) and moving to London at the outbreak of World War I. Kauffer received his first poster commission for London Underground in 1915 and immediately embraced poster art as a form of visual communication. He designed 141 posters for the Underground and many more for clients like Shell or British Petroleum. His poster works brought the language of modern art to a large public. In 1937, the New York Museum of Modern Art held a one-man show of his work. Kauffer returned to the United States in 1940 where he produced posters for the Greek War Relief and the U.S. Treasury. After the war, he produced a series of posters for American Airlines and the New York Subway. Kauffer passed away in 1954 in New York.

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Today in History: Siemens born in 1816

Today in History: Siemens born in 1816

German inventor, industrialist and founder of the electrical and telecommunications company Siemens was born on this day, 202 years ago.

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Today is National Violin Day

Today is National Violin Day

National Violin Day is celebrated annually on December 13th. The violin, sometimes informally called a fiddle, is a string instrument, usually with four strings tuned in perfect fifths. It is the smallest, highest-pitched member of the violin family of string instruments, which includes the viola and cello. The violin acquired most of its modern characteristics in 16th-century Italy, with some further modifications occurring in the 18th century. Violinists and collectors particularly prize the instruments made by the Gasparo da Salò, Giovanni Paolo Maggini, Stradivari, Guarneri and Amati families from the 16th to the 18th century in Brescia and Cremona and by Jacob Stainer in Austria.

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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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