Today is Typewriter Day

Today is Typewriter Day

150 years ago today, on June 23, 1868, the patent for the typewriter was granted to American inventor Christopher Latham Sholes. While many people had been working on different prototypes of typewriters before 1868, Christopher Latham Sholes’ machine was the first one to be commercially marketed. Known as the Sholes and Glidden typewriter or the Remington 1 typewriter, the device could only type uppercase letters. Typewriters revolutionized the world of communications. Letters and correspondences looked more professional, followed a consistent format, and were more legible when typed out on a typewriter compared to handwritten communications that dominated the workplace in the past. In addition to creating an efficient and more organized workspace, the use of typewriters in businesses and governments worldwide meant that typing became a required skill for many jobs. A large percentage of these jobs were administrative in nature and were usually done by women, who were specifically hired for their typing skills – the typewriter played a very important role in opening up workspaces for women.

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Today in History: Mercedes becomes a registered brand name in 1902

Today in History: Mercedes becomes a registered brand name in 1902

116 years ago today, German automobile manufacturer Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft (DMG) registered “Mercedes” as a brand name (gaining full legal protection in September). The name was born out of a partnership between DMG founder, Gottlieb Daimler, and Austrian diplomat, Emil Jellinek, who ran a profitable business selling 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 DMG to sell a new line of 4-cylinder automobiles suggesting they be called Mercedes. The first Mercedes was delivered in December of 1900: it had 35 hp, featured a steel chassis with a long wheelbase, an electric ignition system and a speed of 53 mph/85 kmh – the birth of the first modern automobile. The new car amazed the automobile world. Sales went through the roof and the Mercedes era had begun.

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Today in History: The 33 RPM LP was introduced in 1948

Today in History: The 33 RPM LP was introduced in 1948

70 years ago today, Columbia Records introduced the 33 1/3 rpm microgroove record album. In many ways this invention gave birth to the modern pop album. Of course, all kinds of albums were (and still are) released as vinyl records, but pop albums were the first to be structured around the format. The length, number and order of songs were designed around the 22 minute per side limitation.

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Today in History: Andy Warhol’s First Exhibit in 1952

Today in History: Andy Warhol’s First Exhibit in 1952

65 years ago today, a young artist named Andy Warhol celebrated the first show of his artwork in New York. The co-founder of “Pop Art” exhibited a series of drawings that made reference to the works of the American writer, Truman Capote. Warhol had studied at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh before moving to New York in 1950. His studio, commonly known as “The Factory,” was a famous meeting place for New York artists, intellectuals and celebrities. From the mid-1960s on, Warhol no longer painted much himself. He produced a number of underground films, including “Chelsea Girls” (1966) and “Trash” (1970) and even managed a punk rock band, The Velvet Underground. Warhol passed away in Manhatten on February 22, 1987.

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Today is National Ice Cream Day

Today is National Ice Cream Day

National Ice Cream Day was established under President Ronald Reagan in 1984 and is observed each year on the 3rd Sunday in July as part of National Ice Cream Month. Could there be any better national day? Ice cream supposedly originated thousands of years ago in the Persian Empire when people would put snow in a bowl, pour the juices of grapes over it and eat it as a treat during the hot season. Dig in and enjoy your favorite flavor(s) !

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Opening of the 2018 World Cup

Opening of the 2018 World Cup
Finally! Today is the opening match of the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Host Russia will play Saudi Arabia. Soccer fanatics now have a month of international football matches to look forward to, culminating in the World Cup Final on July 15. GO GERMANY !
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Today in History: Christo born in 1935

Today in History: Christo born in 1935

The avant-garde artist known as Christo (Christo Vladimirov Javacheff, born in Bulgaria) is turning 83 today. Christo is famous for his spectacular, large-scale installations. He and hiswife have wrapped the Reichstag in Berlin, the Pont Neuf in Paris, and turned New York’s Central Park orange with his project The Gates. But even at age 83, Christo shows no signs of slowing down. We can’t wait to see what he has planned next.

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