Today in History: Olympic Games in Mexico open in 1968

Today in History: Olympic Games in Mexico open in 1968

49 years ago today, 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: First Olympic Games in Asia in 1964

Today in History: First Olympic Games in Asia in 1964

53 Years ago today, 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: Air France formed in 1933

Today in History: Air France formed in 1933

The French airline was formed 84 years ago today and this is always a great reason to show another example of Air France’s wonderful poster art, incl. this very first official Air France poster by Jules Isnard Drasny from 1933.
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History: Today is the 16th anniversary of 9/11

History: Today is the 16th anniversary of 9/11

Design by Brian Niemann.

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Today is National Teddy Bear Day

Today is National Teddy Bear Day

National Teddy Bear Day is observed annually on September 9th.  We have all had a special cuddly teddy as a child.  Some of us still have our teddy bear from our childhood.  Whether or not you still have your childhood teddy, today is the perfect day to celebrate your childhood friend! The name Teddy Bear originated in 1902 after American President Theodore Roosevelt refused to shoot a bear cub while hunting in Mississippi.  This incident made national news and became a classic through Clifford Berryman’s cartoon of the event published in the Washington Post on November 16th, 1902. The cartoon inspired New York store owner Morris Michtom to create a new toy.  Michtom wrote President Roosevelt to ask permission to name the new toy a “Teddy Bear.”

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National Teddy Bear Day is observed annually on September 9th.  We have all had a special cuddly teddy as a child.  Some of us still have our teddy bear from our childhood.  Whether or not you still have your childhood teddy, today is the perfect day to celebrate your childhood friend! The name Teddy Bear originated in 1902 after American President Theodore Roosevelt refused to shoot a bear cub while hunting in Mississippi.  This incident made national news and became a classic through Clifford Berryman’s cartoon of the event published in the Washington Post on November 16th, 1902. The cartoon inspired New York store owner Morris Michtom to create a new toy.  Michtom wrote President Roosevelt to ask permission to name the new toy a “Teddy Bear.”

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Solar Eclipse

Solar Eclipse

Today, Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. The eclipse’s path will stretch from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse. NASA will cover the eclipse live from coast to coast, beginning at noon EDT. Get more details on NASA’s Eclipse Site.

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Today is World Photography Day

Today is World Photography Day

The Dauerreotype and its photographic process developed by Joseph Nicephore Niepce and Louis Daguerre originated in France in 1837.

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