Today in History: First Zeppelin Flight

Today in History: First Zeppelin Flight

On July 2, 1900, the first zeppelin flight took place over Germany’s Lake Constance (the Bodensee). Leading the flight was no other than Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin, the designer and builder of the first rigid airship in the world, the LZ 1 (LZ stands for Luftschiff Zeppelin or Zeppelin Airship). Powered by two Daimler engines with 28 PS, the airship consisted of a 128-meter-long aluminum construction which was carried by hydrogen cells. While the zeppelin may be considered a spectacular aircraft, it was but only an episode in the conquest of the skies by humans. The size and especially the highly explosive gas mixture limited the use of the otherwise elegant aircraft. The catastrophic explosion of the “Hindenburg” on May 6, 1937 was the sad climax and the end of zeppelins.

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Today in History: First Tour de France in 1903

Today in History: First Tour de France in 1903

In its early years, the Tour de France bicycle race lasted for 20 days with a course that stretched about 1,500 miles. The race was first created by the sports daily, L’Auto as a way to boost its circulation. The first Tour de France was won by Italian-French racer, Maurice Garin.

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Today is National Camera Day !

Today is National Camera Day !

National Camera Day commemorates photographs, the camera, and their invention.

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Today in History: The saxophone is patented in 1846

Today in History: The saxophone is patented in 1846

Belgian musician Adolphe Sax developed the woodwind instrument typically made of brass, which in recent decades has heavily influenced the sound of the jazz, military band, rock, and pop musical genres.

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Today in History: The world’s first Kindergarten opens in Germany in 1865

Today in History: The world’s first Kindergarten opens in Germany in 1865

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Today is National Sunglasses Day !

Today is National Sunglasses Day !

National Sunglasses Day is becoming more and more popular, especially as organizations like The Vision Council try to inform people about the dangers of UV exposure and why wearing sunglasses should be more than to just make a fashion statement. Time to put on those shades ….

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Today in History: Paul Colin born in 1892

Today in History: Paul Colin born in 1892

On this day in 1892, Paul Colin, prolific designer of art deco posters and stage sets was born in Nancy, France. Colin is considered to be among the masters of the modern French poster and may have created some 2000+ poster designs in his long career. He was the founder of the Paul Colin School of Design in Paris and continued working well into the 1970s. Colin passed away in 1985.

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Today in History: First Automobile Grand Prix in France in 1906

Today in History: First Automobile Grand Prix in France in 1906

On this day in 1906, the Automobile Club of France hosted the first “Grand Prix” motor race. 32 drivers took to the public roads outside of Le Mans, on June 26, 1906. The race winner was awarded the “Great Prize” (Grand Prix) of 45,000 French francs which at the time was the equivalent of 13 kilos of gold.

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Happy Birthday, Milton Glaser!

Happy Birthday, Milton Glaser!

The American graphic designer (b. 1929 in NYC) who is famous for his logos – incl. “I NY” – and his iconic Bob Dylan poster (1966) is celebrating his 91st birthday today.

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Today in History: United Nations Charter signed in San Francisco in 1945

 

Today in History: United Nations Charter signed in San Francisco in 1945

75 years ago today, representatives from 51 nations signed the Charter of the United Nations (UN) at in the Herbst Theater San Francisco. The Charter was ratified in October and the first General Assembly met in London in January of 1946. The UN became the successor to the League of Nations (founded in 1919). Since 1949, the organization has its headquarters in New York.

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