Today in History: First International Soccer Match in 1872

Today in History: First International Soccer Match in 1872

146 years ago today, the world’s first official international soccer match took place. The match between England and Scotland was held at West of Scotland Cricket Club in Partick, Scotland. The game ended with a 0-0 draw.

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Today is World Television Day!

Today is World Television Day!

The United Nations General Assembly created this holiday in 1996. The inaugural celebration included the first World Television Forum, where leading media figures from the global community gathered to discuss the significance of television in today’s international issues. World Television Day highlights how communications can facilitate social and cultural development, and encourages cooperation and partnerships in international media. Since its invention in the early 1900s, television has served as a medium for communication, entertainment, and household culture. Source: punchbowl.com

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Today in History: Ludwig Sütterlin dies in 1917

Today in History: Ludwig Sütterlin dies in 1917

101 years ago today, German graphic designer Ludwig Sütterlin (1865–1917) died. Sütterlin created the now famous poster for the Berlin Industrial Exhibition of 1896. The artist is best known, however, for designing the old German handwriting script (Sütterlin script or Sütterlin). In 1911, Sütterlin was commissioned by the Prussian Ministry for Culture to create a modern handwriting script that would set a basis for school children. His script of wide curves and sharp angles was taught in German schools from 1915 to 1941 (it became a national standard in 1934).

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Today in History: Mickey Mouse born in 1928

Today in History: Mickey Mouse born in 1928

Today is Mickey Mouse’s 90th birthday. He is one of the most famous cartoon characters and is the first to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. This lovable character’s big screen debut was in Steamboat Willie on November 18th, 1928. He represents everything Disney-related, and is one of the most recognized universal symbols of the 20th Century! Source: punchbowl.com

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Today in History: Coca-Cola bottle patented in 1915

Today in History: Coca-Cola bottle patented in 1915

103 Years ago today, one of the most famous shapes in the world was patented by the Root Glass Company from Terre Haute, Indiana: the Coca-Cola bottle. While its form has evolved over the years, its shape is almost universally recognized today. The famous bottle has been incorporated in artworks by such renowned artists as Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg and Salvador Dali. Click here for the story behind the bottle, or, here, for a visual timeline.

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Today in History: Dow Jones above 1000

Today in History: Dow Jones above 1000

In 1972, the Dow Jones closes above 1,000 for the 1st time. As reported in the NY Times the next day: “It finished at 1,003.16 for a gain of 6.09 points in what many Wall Streeters consider the equivalent of the initial breaking of the four-minute mile. … ‘ This thing has an obvious psychological effect,’ declared one brokerage-house partner. ‘It’s a hell of a news item. As for the permanence of it — well, I just don’t know.’ ”

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Today in History: 1st Flying Trapeze Act in 1859

Today in History: 1st Flying Trapeze Act in 1859

159 years ago today, the first flying trapeze act was performed by Jules Leotard at Cirque Napoleon in Paris, France. Jules Leotard also happens to be the designer of the garment that is named after him.

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