Today in History: United States Navy founded in 1775

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Today in History: United States Navy founded in 1775
On this day in 1775, the Continental Congress authorized the first American naval force. Thus began the long and prestigious heritage of the United States Navy. Between 1922 and 1972, the Navy celebrated its creation on October 27th, the date of Theodore Roosevelt’s birth. The Navy League of the United States designated the date due to Roosevelt’s foresight and vision in elevating the U.S. Navy into a premier force. The change to October 13 was seen as a more relevant date in line with the first official action legislating a navy. Since 1972, the Navy has officially recognized October 13th as the official date of its formation.

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Today in History: Olympic Games in Mexico open in 1968

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Today in History: Olympic Games in Mexico open in 1968

On this day in 1968, the first Olympic Games in Latin America were opened In Mexico City. The Games were overshadowed by political events such as the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia and civil unrest in the host country. More than 5,000 athletes from over 100 nations participated. It marked the first time that West- and East Germany would send separate teams to the Olympics (the team from the GDR was forced to depart early as the IOC forbade it from competing under the name DDR). During the medal ceremony for the 200-meter dash, American medal winners Tommie Smith and John Carlos demonstrated their sympathy for the “Black Panther” movement by raising a black-gloved fist during the American national anthem. American Bob Beamon created a sensation with his world record long jump of 8.90 meters (29 ft. 2 1/2 in.), beating the existing record by 55 cm (21 3/4 in.).

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Today in History: U.S.A. Aids March in 1987

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Today in History: U.S.A. Aids March in 1987

On this day in 1987, hundreds of thousands march for lesbian and gay rights marched by the White House and then assembled on the national Mall below the U.S. Capitol. The “Great March” was led by about 3,000 people with AIDS, some in wheelchairs, others in chartered buses.

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Today in History: Mona Lisa shown at Castle Clos Lucé in 1517

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Today in History: Mona Lisa shown at Castle Clos Lucé in 1517

On this day in 1517, Leonardo da Vinci allegedly presented his Mona Lisa to King Francis I of France. Da Vinci was invited to work at King’s castle in 1516 and it is believed that he took the Mona Lisa (and several other works) with him where he continued to make refinements to his masterpiece before presenting it to the King. The Mona Lisa was acquired by King Francis at the time and is now property of the French Republic. It is likely the most visited, most written and talked about, and possibly even the most valuable painting in the world. It has been on permanent display at the Louvre in Paris since 1797.

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Today in History: First Olympic Games in Asia in 1964

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Today in History: First Olympic Games in Asia in 1964

On this day in 1964, 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: John Lennon born in 1940

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Today in History: John Lennon born in 1940

On this day in 1940, the musician, songwriter and front man of the Beatles was born in Liverpool, England. John Lennon met Paul McCartney in 1957 when he invited him to join his music group. They eventually formed the most successful songwriting partnership in musical history. Lennon left the Beatles in 1969 and later produced albums with his wife, Yoko Ono, among others. After a 5 year break from music, Lennon returned to the recording studio in 1980. Tragically, only a few weeks after the release of his new album Double Fantasy, Lennon was shot and killed on December 8, 1980, by a deranged fan in front of his apartment complex in New York City.

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Today in History: Great Chicago fire of 1871

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Today in History: Great Chicago fire of 1871

The fire that destroyed most of Chicago’s business district began in a barn on the evening of October 8, 1871. A very dry summer and early autumn fanned the fire, which raged for 2 days. It killed over 300 people and destroyed property worth millions of dollars.

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History: First Images of the Far Side of the Moon in 1959

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History: First Images of the Far Side of the Moon in 1959

On this day in 1959, the Soviet probe Luna 3 took the first photographs of the lunar far side, eighteen of them resolvable, covering one-third of the surface invisible from the Earth.

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Today in History: Air France formed in 1933

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Today in History: Air France formed in 1933

The French airline was formed on this day in 1933 and this is always a great reason to show another example of Air France’s wonderful poster art.

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Today in History: La Moulin Rouge opened its doors in 1889

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Today in History: La Moulin Rouge opened its doors in 1889

On this day in 1889, the French cabaret Moulin Rouge opened its doors on the Boulevard Clichy in the Montmartre district of Paris. The venue was famous for its modern can-can dance performances and soon became the center of the Parisian entertainment district. It was considered the essence of Belle Epoque Paris where artists, businessmen, the middle classes, elegant women and visitors converged to attend avant-garde performances. The so-called “Bal du Moulin Rouge” was immortalized in posters by the famous artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Original works still adorn the foyer today. The “Moulin Rouge” helped many dancers to popularity and fame, among them “La Goulue.”

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