Today in History: FC Barcelona formed in 1899

Today in History: FC Barcelona formed in 1899

120 years ago today, the popular football (soccer) club FC Barcelona was founded by footballer Hans Gamper. Informally known as Barça, the club is thought to be one of the top 5 richest football clubs in the world. The club has won 4 European Cups and is a 5-time Champions League winner.

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Today in History: First Polaroid Camera unveiled in 1948

Today in History: First Polaroid Camera unveiled in 1948

71 years ago today, the first consumer-friendly, commercial instant camera was introduced to the American market. Polaroid’s model 95 Land Camera was developed by Edwin Land. The American scientist got his idea while vacationing in Mexico in 1944 when he introduced his daughter Jennifer to the basic principles of photography. Inspired by his daughter’s question of why the images taken with the camera could not be seen immediately, Land spent his remaining vacation working on a preliminary design and concept for an instant camera. In November 1947, the businessman presented his new invention at the annual meeting of the “American Optical Society.” Although dismissed by most of his peers as a gimmick, the first Polaroid camera hit the market only one year later. By 1956, Polaroid had sold one million instant cameras. Today, that number has grown to over 165 million.

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Happy Thanksgiving !

Happy Thanksgiving !

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History: Jimi Hendrix born in 1942

History: Jimi Hendrix born in 1942

James Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix was born in Seattle, Washington, but rose to fame in Britain with his band the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he was arguably one of the most influential guitarists of the 1960s and perhaps in the history of rock music. Hendrix died in 1970 after collapsing at a party in London. He was 27 years old.

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History: Casablanca premieres in New York City in 1942

History: Casablanca premieres in New York City in 1942

77 years ago today, the movie “Casablanca” had its world premiere screening at the Hollywood Theater in New York City. While it enjoyed unspectacular success after its initial run, the movie went on to win three Academy Awards and is today consistently ranked near the top of lists of the greatest films in history.

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Today in History: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec born in 1864

Today in History: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec born in 1864

The French poster artist and painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was born 155 years ago today. Although he created only 32 posters, Lautrec was one of the greatest forces in the development of the modern poster. Drawn to the Bohemian district in Paris known as Montmarte for its theaters, artists, and writers, Lautrec’s work captured the eccentricities of Parisian nightlife.

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Today in History: El Lissitzky born in 1890

Today in History: El Lissitzky born in 1890

Lazar Markovich Lissitzky, better known as El Lissitzky, was a Russian avant-garde designer, photographer, and architect. His work greatly influenced the Bauhaus and constructivist movements.

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