Today in History: Howard Chandler Christy born in 1873

Today in History: Howard Chandler Christy born in 1873

145 years ago today, the American artist and illustrator Howard Chandler Christy was born in Morgan County, Ohio. Christy studied art in New York at the Art Students League and later at the National Academy of Design under William Chase. Christy went to Cuba in 1898 to cover the Spanish-American War where he quickly gained a reputation as a wartime artist. His breakthrough came with the publication of “The Soldier’s Dream” in Scribners magazine. The girl he portrayed became known as “The Christy Girl” and was later featured in many other magazines as well as his famous World War I recruitment posters. After the war, Christy continued to paint, focusing on portraits and later on landscapes. The artist is perhaps best known for his 1940 historic paining “Signing the Constitution” that is displayed in the U.S. Capital. Christy died in New York in 1952.

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Today in History: Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge begins in 1933

Today in History: Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge begins in 1933

The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco is one of the best-known symbols of the United States. First ideas and drafts of the project started circulating at the end of the 19th century but no one thought the project financially and technically feasible. Today, the bridge is considered to be one of the Wonders of the Modern World. Frommers travel guide called it ” possibly the most beautiful, certainly the most photographed, bridge in the world.”

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Today is Swiss Cheese Day

Today is Swiss Cheese Day

Yes, we kid you not, just Google it … This rather obscure holiday is supposedly observed annually on January 2nd. We will celebrate it by posting this 1940s Swiss cheese poster …

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History Today: Ellis Island opens in doors in 1892

History Today: Ellis Island opens in doors in 1892

126 years ago today, America’s first federal immigration station opens on Ellis Island in New York. Only 700 immigrants entered the United States passing through Ellis Island that day. But over the course of the year, almost half a million more followed! More than 12 million people passed through the island over the next five decades.

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Today is Polar Bear Swim Day

Today is Polar Bear Swim Day

Since 1920, a group of hardy swimmers has celebrated New Year’s Day by plunging into the frigid waters of Vancouver’s English Bay. As crazy as it sounds, the custom has spread to the United States, where chapters of the American Polar Bear Club have established themselves in a number of states known for their cold winter weather. In Sheboygan, Wisconsin, more than 300 daring swimmers—many of them in costume—brave the ice floes of Lake Michigan to take their New Year’s Day swim. About 3,000 to 4,000 spectators stay bundled up on the beach and watch. The Sheboygan event has gradually expanded into a day-long festival, with a brat-fry, a costume contest, and live entertainment. (Source: thefreedictionary.com)

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Happy New Year !  

Happy New Year !  

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Today in History: Henri Matisse born in 1869

Today in History: Henri Matisse born in 1869

148 years ago today, French painter and sculptor Henri-Emile-Benoit Matisse was born.

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