Today is Columbus Day

Today is Columbus Day

In 1492, Christopher Columbus set sail on a voyage to find a shorter trade route to Asia. He traveled west and accidentally landed in the Americas, spawning the era of European exploration in the New World. The first celebration of his discovery did not take place until October 12, 1792—exactly 300 years after his landing. In 1937, President Franklin Roosevelt proclaimed Columbus Day a national holiday, observed each year on the second Monday of October. Happy Columbus Day!

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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 in History: Max Schmeling beats Joe Lewis in 1936

Today in History: Max Schmeling beats Joe Lewis in 1936

Surprise? Sensation? 81 years ago today, famed former world chamion Max Schmeling beat the previously undefeated American heavyweight Joe Louis by a knockout in round twelve at sold-out Yankee Stadium in New York. Schmeling became the new world heavyweight champion but would lose the title again to Louis only two years later in the one and only rematch.

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Today in History: Marlene Dietrich passed away in 1992

Today in History: Marlene Dietrich passed away in 1992

25 years ago today, German actress and singer, Marlene Dietrich died in Paris, France. Dietrich enjoyed a long career spanning from the 1910s to the 1980s. She gained international fame for her role as Lola-Lola in the movie “The Blue Angel” in 1930 and starred in such Hollywood films as “Morocco” (1930), “Shanghai Express” (1932) and “Desire” (1936).

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Today in History: Buster Keaton died in 1966

51 years ago today, Hollywood actor, director and producer Buster Keaton passed away at the age of 70 in Los Angeles, California. Keaton was best known for his comic performance in silent films during the 1920s. His films “The General” (1926) and “The Cameraman” (1928) remain among the most highly regarded films of all times.

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Today in History: Fritz Lang born in 1890

Today in History: Fritz Lang born in 1890

126 years ago today, the ground-breaking film director and screenwriter Friedrich Christian Anton “Fritz” Lang was born in Vienna. In the 1920s, Lang made film history with silent movies like “Nibelungen” (1924) and “Metropolis” (1926). His film “M” (1931) is considered a precursor to the film noir genre. In his famous and much-quoted masterpiece “Metropolis” he drew the dark future vision of a world in which the proletariat was serving the machines in an impersonal world city. Fritz Lang emigrated to the USA in 1933 and together with Bertolt Brecht directed the movie “Hangmen Also Die” (1942), directed against the Nazi regime in Germany. In 1963 he was awarded the German Film Award and in 1966 the Federal Cross of Merit. Land died in 1976.

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Today in History: James Dean dies in 1955

Today in History: James Dean dies in 1955

61 years ago today, young Hollywood film star James Dean was killed in a head-on collision car accident in California. The 24-year old actor was behind the wheel of his Porsche sports car and was dead upon arrival at the hospital. Dean’s mechanic, a passenger in the car, got badly injured but survived the crash. The driver of the other car suffered only minor injuries. Dean had received a speeding ticket just two hours before. Although only one of Dean’s movies, “East of Eden,” had been released at the time of his death, the young actor had already become an idol for the younger generation. Dean had finished filming “Giant” only the day before his accident. Both “Rebel without a Cause” and “Giant” opened shortly after the actor’s death. His brief career and violent death transformed him into a legend. James Dean was the first actor to receive posthumous Academy Award nominations for Best Actor for his roles in “East of Eden” and “Giant.”

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