Today in History: Fritz Lang born in 1890

Today in History: Fritz Lang born in 1890

129 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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History: First Laurel & Hardy movie released in 1927

 

History: First Laurel & Hardy movie released in 1927

Putting Pants on Philip, a short silent film starring the comedy duo marked the beginning of a long partnership.

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History: Casablanca premieres in New York City in 1942

History: Casablanca premieres in New York City in 1942

77 years ago today, the movie “Casablanca” had its world premiere screening at the Hollywood Theater in New York City. While it enjoyed unspectacular success after its initial run, the movie went on to win three Academy Awards and is today consistently ranked near the top of lists of the greatest films in history.

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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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History: First Images of the Far Side of the Moon in 1959

History: First Images of the Far Side of the Moon in 1959

60 years ago today, the Soviet probe Luna 3 took the first photographs of the lunar far side, eighteen of them resolvable, covering one-third of the surface invisible from the Earth.

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Today in History: La Moulin Rouge opened its doors in 1889

Today in History: La Moulin Rouge opened its doors in 1889

130 years ago today, the French cabaret Moulin Rouge opened its doors on the Boulevard Clichy in the Montmartre district of Paris. The venue was famous for its modern can-can dance performances and soon became the center of the Parisian entertainment district. It was considered the essence of Belle Epoque Paris where artists, businessmen, the middle classes, elegant women and visitors converged to attend avant-garde performances. The so-called “Bal du Moulin Rouge” was immortalized in posters by the famous artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Original works still adorn the foyer today. The “Moulin Rouge” helped many dancers to popularity and fame, among them “La Goulue.”

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History Today: James Bond makes his theatrical debut in 1962

History Today: James Bond makes his theatrical debut in 1962

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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