Today in History: Siemens born in 1816

Today in History: Siemens born in 1816

German inventor, industrialist and founder of the electrical and telecommunications company Siemens was born on this day, 201 years ago.

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History: Jimi Hendrix born in 1942

History: Jimi Hendrix born in 1942

James Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix was born in Seattle, Washington, but rose to fame in Britain with his band the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he was arguably one of the most influential guitarists of the 1960s and perhaps in the history of rock music. Hendrix died in 1970 after collapsing at a party in London. He was 27 years old.

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History: Casablanca premieres in New York City in 1942

History: Casablanca premieres in New York City in 1942

75 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 in History: First Mercedes Test Drive in 1900

Today in History: First Mercedes Test Drive in 1900

117 years ago today, the first Mercedes was taken for its maiden drive in Cannstatt, Germany. The car was specially built for its buyer, Emil Jellinek, an entrepreneur with a passion for luxury cars. Jellinek had ordered cars from Daimler in the late 1890s and sold them to high society customers. But he also used them in racing events, entering them using the pseudonym “Mercedes,” the name of his elder daughter. In 1900, Jellinek entered an agreement with Daimler to sell a new line of 4-cylinder automobiles suggesting they be called Mercedes. The first Mercedes was test driven on November 22 and delivered in December of 1900. Two years later, the Mercedes brand name registered legally.

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Today in History: Ludwig Sütterlin dies in 1917

Today in History: Ludwig Sütterlin dies in 1917

100 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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History: The Berlin Wall falls in 1989

History: The Berlin Wall falls in 1989

Today marks the 28th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. On November 9, 1989, East German officials opened the Berlin Wall, allowing travel from East to West Berlin. The following day, celebrating Germans began to tear the wall down. One of the ugliest and most infamous symbols of the Cold War was soon reduced to rubble. The “fall of the Berlin Wall” paved the way for German reunification, which formally took place on October 3, 1990.

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Today in History: The first Oktoberfest in 1810

Today in History: The first Oktoberfest in 1810

207 years ago today, the very first Oktoberfest took place. The festivities lasted five days and were organizedaround the wedding of the Bavarian Crown Prince. It was the first non-religious folk festival in Germany and had all of Munich on its feet – certainly something that has not changed in the last two centuries.

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