Today in History: Herbert Matter born in 1907

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Today in History: Herbert Matter born in 1907

On this day in 1907, The Swiss-born American photographer and graphic designer, Herbert Matter, was born. Matter studied art in Geneva and Paris and worked in France as a designer and photographer for Deberny and Peignot. In 1932 he returned to Switzerland where he created a remarkable series of photomontage posters for the national tourism office in Zurich, among them his famous poster compositions for Pontresina and “automobile travel” in Switzerland (published in 4 languages, the English version having perhaps the most fitting title). In 1936, Matter settled in New York where he took photographs for Vogue and Harper’s and later worked for the Museum of Modern Art.‪

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Today in History: The Library of Congress opens in 1800

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Today in History: The Library of Congress opens in 1800

On this day in 1800, the Library of Congress (the research library of the United States Congress ) was established when then President John Adams signed an Act of Congress providing for the transfer of the seat of government from Philadelphia to the new capital city of Washington.

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Today is World Book Day

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Today is World Book Day

Today is World Book Day! The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) created this special day to celebrate books, authors, publishers, and illustrators. World Book Day promotes reading to children and people in under privileged areas. It was first celebrated in 1995, and is celebrated worldwide. This day is celebrated on the 23rd of April because on that date in 1616, a few major authors died (including Shakespeare). World Book Day honors their work, and supports every other author, publisher and book out there. This day shows the significance of books for both learning and pleasure. Source: https://www.punchbowl.com

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Today is National Picnic Day!

Today is National Picnic Day!

People have been eating their meals outside in the beauty of nature for centuries. In fact, our modern-day idea of a picnic evolved from Medieval hunting feasts and Victorian garden parties. These were usually quite sophisticated affairs, which involved multiple courses and elaborate preparations. During the early 19th century a group of wealthy London citizens formed “The Picnic Society” to promote picnics as social gatherings. These picnics were potlucks, and each participant also had to provide a share of the entertainment. The society members drank from crystal goblets and listened to a live string quartet while eating their meal! Today, picnics are usually casual meals enjoyed on a comfortable picnic blanket. Source: https://www.punchbowl.com

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Today in History: Rome founded 753 B.C.

Today in History: Rome founded 753 B.C.

The beginnings of the history of Rome are obscure. Humans have lived in the area known as Rome for at least the last 6,000 years. According to legend, on April 21, 753 B.C., twin brothers Romulus and Remus found Rome on the site where they were suckled by a she-wolf as orphaned infants. It is said that Romulus killed his twin brother, Remus, and named the city after himself. However, this myth supposedly originated sometime during the fourth century and it is thus not really clear where the name Rome originally comes from. Was it really 21 April 753 BC?

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Today in History: Expo in Brussels opens in 1958

Today in History: Expo in Brussels opens in 1958

On this day in 1958, Belgian King Baudouin I opened the first World’s Fair after the Second World War in Brussels, Belgium. The exhibit’s main themes were innovations in aerospace and nuclear energy. The Expo 1958 was attended by approx. 41 million people. Symbol of the fair was the “Atomium,” a 102 meter (335 ft.) model of an iron molecule. The Soviet Union introduced a model of the first Soviet satellite, a facsimile of Sputnik, which was regarded as a direct insult to the United States during the time of the Cold War. The satellite disappeared mysteriously during the fair and the Soviets accused the US of stealing it. The United States in turn was planning on constructing a nuclear power plant on the exhibition grounds, close to the city center and the Royal Palace. The Belgian King intervened and asked that the power plant be built at a different location.

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Today is ‘Save The Elephant’ Day

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Today is ‘Save The Elephant’ Day

They might be wildlife icons, but, sadly, elephants are in crisis. Save The Elephant Day is a chance to show our love and support for these much-loved giants and raise awareness of the threats to their future in both Africa and Asia, ranging from ivory poachers and traffickers to loss of habitat. Also known as World Elephant Day, the occasion was founded by the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation, based in Thailand, working together with Canadian film-maker Patricia Sims. The launch of this international initiative in 2012 saw the release of the documentary film ‘Return to the Forest’, narrated by Star Trek legend William Shatner. The ideal way to mark the day is to donate to a charity helping elephants or organize an event in aid of these beautiful but threatened beasts. You could also watch a wildlife film about elephants or sign a petition to raise awareness. (source: http://www.daysoftheyear.com)

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Today in History: Kodak launches Kodachrome in 1935

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Today in History: Kodak launches Kodachrome in 1935

On this day in 1935, , the Eastman Kodak Company launched Kodachrome. The photographic film was one of the most popular media used by professional and hobby photographers around the world. It was discontinued in 2009 with the widespread transition to digital photography.

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Today is (usually) National Tax Day (in the USA)

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Today is (usually) National Tax Day (in the USA)

April 15 of each year is National Tax Day. As a result of the Coronavirus, the date was moved to July 15 in 2020 and to May 17 for 2021. In the United States, Tax Day is a term for the day on which individual income tax returns are due to the federal government. Income tax was first collected in The Untied States in 1862 to fund the Civil War. It was deemed unconstitutional due to not being apportioned with conformity across the states. The United States once again enacted income tax with the 16th Amendment in 1913. At that time, the filing deadline was March 1. In 1918 the deadline was changed to March 15 and then in 1955 for the most recent change, the filing deadline was moved to April 15th. Source: nationaldaycalendar.com.

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Today in History: Oskar Schlemmer died in 1943

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Today in History: Oskar Schlemmer died in 1943

Oskar Schlemmer was a German painter, sculptor, designer and choreographer associated with the Bauhaus school. Schlemmer studied at the Stuttgart Art Academy. Between 1920 and 1929, he taught at the Bauhaus in Weimar and later at the Breslau Art School. In 1923 he was hired as Master of Form at the Bauhaus theatre workshop, after working some time at the workshop of sculpture. His perhaps most famous work is “Triadisches Ballett,” in which the actors are transfigured from the normal to geometrical shapes.

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