German writer and scientist Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was born today in 1794

Today in History: German writer and scientist Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was born today in 1794

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Today in History: Man Ray born in 1890

Today in History: Man Ray born in 1890

128 years ago today, the American artist, designer and photographer Man Ray (Emmanuel Radnitzky) was born in Philadelphia. Man Ray was a significant contributor to the Dada and Surrealism movements. After moving to Paris in 1921, he created some of his most important photographic images which he called “rayographs” (photograms). By the mid-1930s, he had established himself as a successful fashion and portrait photographer. He returned to the United States in 1940 where he created advertisements and designs for the Container Corporation of America under Herbert Bayer. In 1951, Man Ray moved back to France. He published his autobiography “Self Portrait” in 1963. Man Ray passed away in Paris in 1976.

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Today in History: First America’s Cup held in 1851

Today in History: First America’s Cup held in 1851

The America’s Cup is awarded to the winner of a race between sailing yachts. Thought to be the oldest international sporting trophy to be still awarded today, the cup’s name was changed from Hundred Guinea Cup to America’s Cup after the name of the yacht that won the first race on this day, led by Commodore John Cox Stevens,

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Today in History: Patent for the Zipper in 1893

Whitcomb Judson patented and introduced the first modern “zipper” at the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893. He had improved upon an earlier idea dating back to 1851 and began to market what he called a “Clasp Locker” (a fastener for shoes). Supposedly, Judson made created his zipper for a friend who had problems with his back (from bending down to tie his shoes).

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Today is World Photography Day

Today is World Photography Day

The Daguerreotype and its photographic process developed by Joseph Nicephore Niepce and Louis Daguerre originated in France in 1837.

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Today in History: International Electricity Exhibition of 1881

Today in History: International Electricity Exhibition of 1881

137 years ago today, the first International Exposition of Electricity opened in Paris. More than 1700 exhibitors from 15 countries presented their latest and greatest developments in electrical technology in the 3-month event. The fair provided an important impulse in the electrification of Europe. The public was able to admire inventions such as the dynamo by Zenobe Gramm, the Theatrophone by Clement Ader, the telephone by Alexander Graham Bell or an electric car by Gustave Trouvé. Highlight of the exhibition was Thomas Edison’s incandescent light bulb: at the opening, some 1000 “Edison lights” turned night into day.

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Today in History: Oscar Peterson born in 1925

Oscar Peterson was a Canadian jazz pianist and composer who released over 200 recordings, won eight Grammy Awards, and received numerous other awards and honours. He is considered one of the greatest jazz pianists and played thousands of concerts worldwide in a career lasting more than 60 years. Peterson died in December of 2007 (wikipedia).

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