Today in History: Claire Waldoff died in 1957

Today in History: Claire Waldoff died in 1957

Germany’s pre-World War II “Cabaret Queen,” Claire Waldoff. passed away 63 years ago today. Waldoff was a famous Kabarett singer and entertainer in Berlin during the 1910s and 1920s, known for performing ironic songs in the Berlinish dialect and lesbian undertones and themes.

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Today in History: First passenger flight of the Concorde in 1976

Today in History: First passenger flight of the Concorde in 1976

44 years ago today, the airliner Concorde began its passenger service. The supersonic jet was first flown in 1969. Commercial service continued until the end of 2003. A total of only 20 aircraft were built. British Airways and Air France were its primary users.

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Today in History: Audrey Hepburn died in 1993

Today in History: Audrey Hepburn died in 1993

27 years ago today, screen legend Audrey Hepburn (born Audrey Kathleen Ruston) passed away. The British film and fashion icon was one of Hollywood’s largest movie stars during the 1950s and 1960s. Hepburn shot to stardom through her Oscar-winning lead role in Roman Holiday in 1953. She went on to star in a number of successful films, such as Sabrina (1954), The Nun’s Story (1959), Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), Charade (1963), My Fair Lady (1964) and Wait Until Dark (1967). Hepburn devoted much of her later life to UNICEF. She died of appendiceal cancer at her home in Switzerland at the age of 63. Source: wikipedia.org

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Today in History: Stanley Walter Galli born in 1912

Today in History: Stanley Walter Galli born in 1912

Happy Birthday, Stanley Walter Galli. The San Francisco native studied at the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco and the Art Center School in Los Angeles before he launched his illustration career in the late 1930s. Over the decades, his works appeared in McCall’s, Ladies Home Journal, Readers Digest, True Magazine, and the Saturday Evening Post. He also designed 26 postage stamps for the USPO. In the poster world, Galli is well-known for his beautiful travel posters for United Airlines that were commissioned during the late 1950s through the mid-1960s. Galli died in 2009 at the age of 97.

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Today in History: First escalator installed in NY in 1893

Today in History: First escalator installed in NY in 1893

127 years ago today, Jesse W. Reno installed the first working escalator (called the “inclined elevator”) at the Old Iron Pier at Coney Island in New York City.

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Today is National Hat Day

Today is National Hat Day

Hang on to your hats and celebrate in style on January 15. Some trivia? Hats may be worn for safety and protection, religious reasons, ceremonial reasons, warmth or fashion. In the Middle Ages, hats were an indicator of social status. In the military, hats may denote one’s nationality, branch of service, rank and/or regiment. Structured hats for women began to be worn in the late 16th century. Millinery is the designing and manufacture of hats. The term “milliner” derived from the city of Milan, Italy. The best quality hats were made in Milan in the 18th century.
Millinery began as traditionally a woman’s occupation, as the milliner not only created hats and bonnets but also chose lace, trim and accessories to complete an outfit. In the middle of the 1920s, to replace the bonnets and wide-brimmed hats, women began to wear smaller hats that hugged their heads.

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Today in History: Ikko Tanaka born in 1930

Today in History: Ikko Tanaka born in 1930

90 years ago today, graphic designer Ikko Tanaka was born in Nara, Japan. Tanaka was known for merging principles of clean, modern design with Japanese traditionalism. He studied art in Kyoto and worked as a textile and graphic designer before establishing his own studio in 1963. By the 1970s, Tanaka had become a leading commercial artist. He was also the editor of a series of books on Japanese culture. His most famous work is perhaps the 1981 poster design of an abstract version of a Geisha for the Nihon Buyo performance by the Asian Performing Arts Institute. He died in 2002 of a heart attack at the age of 71.

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