Today in History: KLM formed in 1919

Today in History: KLM formed in 1919

The official airline of the Netherlands, Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. or KLM, is the oldest airline that still operates under its original name. The first flight of the airline took place on May 17, 1920 between London and Amsterdam in a leased airplane.
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1962 James Bond makes his theatrical debut

1962 James Bond makes his theatrical debut
The fictional British spy with the code name 007 was featured on the big screen for the first time in Dr. No. Based on the 1958 Ian Fleming novel of the same name, the movie starred Sean Connery as James Bond.
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Today is National Golf (Lover’s) Day!

Today is National Golf (Lover’s) Day!

The modern game of golf originated in 15th century Scotland. Its earliest origins, however, are unclear. The world’s oldest golf tournament is The Open Championship which was first played in October of 1860 in Ayrshire, Scotland. Golf came to the United States in the second half of the 18th century. Today, there are over 10,000 American golf clubs.

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Today in History: Yosemite Park was established in 1890

Today in History: Yosemite Park was established in 1890

127 years ago today, Yosemite National Park was established as a national park. The 1,500 square miles of park territory are home to such natural wonders as Yosemite Falls; rock formations Half Dome and El Capitain, the largest granite monolith in the United States; and the giant sequoia trees. In 1889, John Muir and his fellow environmentalists started campaigning for congressional action to protect the large wilderness area surrounding Yosemite Valley and on October 1, 1890, President Benjamin Harrison signed the legislation that created the third national park in the United States.

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Today is National Chewing Gum Day!

Today is National Chewing Gum  Day!

Chewing gum has been around for over 5,000 years. In 2007, a British archaeology student discovered a 5,000-year-old piece of chewing gum which was made from bark tar with tooth imprints in it. Presumed to be the oldest piece of chewing gum, it was found in Kierikki, Yli-li, Finland. Made from bark tar, the gum was believed to have antiseptic properties and other medicinal advantages. In 1848, John B. Curtis developed and sold the first commercial chewing gum which was called “The State of Maine Pure Spruce Gum”. Studies show chewing gum helps improve memory, reduce stress and increase alertness. Chewing sugar-free gum improves overall oral hygiene while also helping to curb cravings and improving digestion. National Chewing Gum Day is observed annually on September 30.

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Roy Lichtenstein passed away in 1997

Roy Lichtenstein passed away in 1997

Twenty years ago today, American art icon, Roy Lichtenstein, passed away. The masterful painter rose to fame in the 1960s when he became one of the leading figures of the new Pop Art movement. His bright parodies of comic strips and advertisements carried him into the art world spotlight.

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