Today in History: Earthquake destroys San Francisco in 1906

Today in History: Earthquake destroys San Francisco in 1906
About 3000 people died in the 1906 disaster. Over 80 percent of the city was destroyed by the quake and resulting fires.

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Today in History: Kodak launches Kodachrome in 1935

Today in History: Kodak launches Kodachrome in 1935

83 years ago today, 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 in History: Peter Behrens born in 1868

Today in History: Peter Behrens born in 1868

150 years ago today, Peter Behrens was born in Hamburg, Germany. Noted for his influential role in the development of modern architecture, Behrens was also a pioneer in the field of industrial design. He is perhaps best known as a co-founder of the Deutsche Werkbund in 1907, an association of artists, architects, designers, and industrialists that furthered the development of modern architecture and industrial design and became influential in the later creation of the Bauhaus School of Design.

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Today in History: Lincoln is shot in 1865

Today in History: Lincoln is shot in 1865

153 years ago today, 1865 U.S. President Abraham Lincoln is shot. The assassin, John Wilkes Booth, wanted to revive the Confederate cause, mere days after their surrender to the Union Army, bringing the American Civil War to an end. Lincoln died the next day.

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Today in History: The Man on the Moon

Today in History: The Man on the Moon
46 years ago today, 240,000 miles (380,000 km) away from Earth, at precisely 10:56 pm (EDT), during one of the most widely-viewed live broadcasts in television history, American astronaut, Neil Armstrong, became the first human to walk on the moon and spoke to more than a billion people on Earth: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

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Today in History: First Litfass advertising column premieres in 1855 in Berlin

  

Today in History: First Litfass advertising column premieres in 1855 in Berlin

160 years ago today, the first free-standing cylindrical advertising column premiered in Berlin. The column was an invention by German printer and publisher Ernst Litfass.

During the first half of the 19th century, posters had seen a huge increase as a means of advertising. The uncoordinated posting of announcements and ads on homes, trees, walls and any open street corner became a nuisance which resulted in a decree in 1849 that prohibited any placarding of posters with the exception of government notices.

Litfass responded to the demand for a regulated system and signed a contract to erect special advertising columns throughout Berlin to address the problem. In return, he was granted exclusive rights for the display of the posters. The Berlin advertising column premiered in 1855 and was named “Litfasssäule” (Litfass Column) after its inventor.

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