Today in History: Cigarette Tax in USA

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Today in History: Cigarette Tax in USA

In 1921, Iowa becomes the first state to impose a cigarette tax in the United States; in 1969, North Carolina was the last state to enact a cigarette excise tax.

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Today in History: Victor Vasarely born in 1908

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Today in History: Victor Vasarely born in 1908
The Hungarian-French artist Victor Vasarely (born: Gyözö Vásárhelyi ) was born in Pecs, Hungary, in 1908, Vasarely began his artistic training in Budapest in the late 1920s. In 1928, he studied the concepts of the Bauhaus working under Sandor Bortnyk at the Mühely Art School. Vasarely moved to Paris in 1930 and became an independent graphic designer. His early work was characterized by strong black and white contrasts. In the late 1940s, Vasarely developed his own geometric abstract style exploiting the deception of the human eye using forms of geometry and color nuances to trigger striking spatial effects. This led to the formulation of the principles of the short-lived Op Art movement in the early 1950s for which Vasarely is probably best known. In 1970, Vasarely opened the first museum dedicated to his art in Gordes, France (it closed in 1996). In 1976, he founded the Fondation Vasarely in Aix-en-Provence (housed in a building designed by Vasarely). In 1976, the Vasarely Museum was established in the artist’s birth-town of Pécs. A second museum in Zichy Palace in Budapest followed in 1987. Victor Vasarely died in Paris on March 15, 1997.

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Today is National Zoo Lovers Day

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Today is National Zoo Lovers Day

Each year on April 8, National Zoo Lovers Day is observed. This would be a perfect day to visit a zoo and be one of the millions of people who visit them each year. Enjoy seeing your favorite animals swinging from the trees or splashing in the water and have a fun-filled day. A few zoo facts:

The Vienna Zoo is the oldest existing zoo and was opened to the public in 1765. The United State’s first public zoo, Central Park Zoo, opened in 1874 in New York. Approximately 175 million people visit a zoo each year. Source: https://nationaldaycalendar.com

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Today in History: The first modern Olympics open in Athens in 1896

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Today in History: The first modern Olympics open in Athens in 1896

On this day in 1896, 241 athletes from 14 countries took part in the first modern Olympiad in Athens, Greece. The event took place over 1500 years after the last ancient Olympic Games, which originated in Olympia in south-western Greece.

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Today in History: Herbert Bayer born in 1900

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Today in History: Herbert Bayer born in 1900

Herbert Bayer, the Austrian and American graphic designer, painter, photographer, and architect, Bayer was widely recognized as the last living member of the Bauhaus. His pioneering experiments in typography, layout and design helped set the style and tone of European and American advertising. Bayer passed away at his home in Montecito, California in 1985.

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Today in History: World Premiere of 2001: A Space Odyssey in 1968

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Today in History: World Premiere of 2001: A Space Odyssey in 1968

Stanley Kubrick’s epic about human evolution, technology, and extraterrestrial life has polarized audiences and critics alike. Today, it is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential films ever made.

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Today in History: Nescafe instant coffee introduced in 1938

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Today in History: Nescafe instant coffee introduced in 1938

Nestlé began developing a coffee brand in 1930, at the initiative of the Brazilian government, to help preserve the substantial surplus of the annual Brazilian coffee harvest. In 1938, Nestlé introduced the new soluble powdered product for the first time in Switzerland under the brand name “Nescafé” (Nestle + Cafe).

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Today is National Pencil Day

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Today is #NationalPencilDay

Most pencils made in the United States are painted yellow. This tradition supposedly began in 1890 when the L & C Hardtmuth Company of Austria-Hungary introduced their Koh-I-Noor brand, named after the famous diamond. This pencil was intended to be the world’s best and most expensive pencil. Other companies then began to copy the yellow color so that their pencils would be associated with the high-quality brand. (www.nationaldaycalendar.com)

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Today in History: Aretha Franklin born in 1942

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Today in History: Aretha Franklin born in 1942

Aretha Louise Franklin was an American soul and R&B singer often referred to as “Queen of Soul.” She was best known for her songs “Respect,” “Think,” and “You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman.” Franklin is one of the most honored artists by the Grammy Awards, with 18 competitive Grammys and two honorary Grammys. In 1987, she became the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She died in her home in Detroit in August 2018.

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Happy 91st Birthday, Günther Kieser !

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Happy 91st Birthday, Günther Kieser !

Günther Kieser was born in 1930 in Kronberg, near Frankfurt. Trained at the Werkkunstschule in Offenbach, Kieser began his career as a free-lance artist in 1949 and founded a studio with Hans Michel in 1952. The two artists worked on projects for the German Mail Service and the Hesse radio network and started creating posters for Lippmann & Rau, founders of the first German Jazz concert agencies. Over the next decade, Kieser and Michel would design posters for the concerts by Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Oscar Peterson, and John Coltrane.

When his partnership with Michel ended in 1962, Kieser continued to work primarily for Lippmann & Rau, producing posters that would become fixtures in the music scene. His posters were displayed in concert halls, bars and on billboards. The artist is perhaps most famous for his 1969 Jimi Hendrix Experience poster which became a symbol for a new generation.

Kieser joined the Deutscher Werkbund (German Work Federation) in 1956 and became a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI) in 1964. In 1981, he became a professor for Visual Communication at the Bergische Universität in Wuppertal, a position he held until 1992. Kieser has won numerous international awards, his work has been exhibited worldwide and his posters are part of every important museum collection..

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