Today in History: New Amsterdam becomes New York in 1664

Today in History: New Amsterdam becomes New York in 1664

New York City traces its origins to a trading post founded by colonists from the Dutch Republic in 1624 on Lower Manhattan; the post was named New Amsterdam in 1626. The city and its surroundings came under English control in 1664 and were renamed New York after King Charles II of England granted the lands to his brother, the Duke of York. New York served as the capital of the United States from 1785 until 1790. It has been the country’s largest city since 1790. The Statue of Liberty greeted millions of immigrants as they came to the Americas by ship in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and is a world symbol of the United States and its ideals of liberty and peace. Source: wikipedia.org

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Today in History: Mark Spitz wins 7th Gold in 1972

Today in History: Mark Spitz wins 7th Gold in 1972

46 years ago today, U.S. swimmer legend Mark Spitz won his 7th gold medal at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany. He earned the gold when Spitz and his team set a new world record in the 400-meter medley relay. Spitz also set new world records in the six other events in which he won the gold. At the time, no other athlete had won so many gold medals at a single Olympiad, a record that would stand until Michael Phelps took home 8 gold medals at the 2012 Beijing Games.

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Today in History: Oskar Schlemmer born in 1888

Today in History: Oskar Schlemmer born in 1888

Oskar Schlemmer was a German painter, sculptor, designer and choreographer associated with the Bauhaus school. Schlemmer studied at the Stuttgart Art Academy. Between 1920 and 1929, he taught at the Bauhaus in Weimar and later at the Breslau Art School. In 1923 he was hired as Master of Form at the Bauhaus theatre workshop, after working some time at the workshop of sculpture. His perhaps most famous work is “Triadisches Ballett,” in which the actors are transfigured from the normal to geometrical shapes.

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Today in History: Titanic found in 1985

Today in History: Titanic found in 1985

33 years ago on this day, a team of American and French researchers discovered the sunken wreck of the luxury liner RMS Titanic south-southeast of the coast of Newfoundland in a depth of 12,500 feet (3,800 m). Key to the discovery was a remotely controlled undersea vehicle called Argo which helped verify the ship’s identity with cameras and sonar. The Titanic sunk on April 15, 1912 after hitting an iceberg on her maiden voyage, resulting in the loss of more than 1,500 lives. The ship was the biggest and most luxurious liner of her day.

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Today in History: Josef Müller-Brockmann passed away in 1996

Today in History: Josef Müller-Brockmann passed away in 1996

Josef Müller-Brockmann studied architecture, design and history of art at the Kunstgewerbeschule and the University in Zurich. At the age of 22, he opened his own studio with a focus on graphic design, exhibition design and photography. His objective design practices led to the breakthrough of the “Swiss Style” during the 1950s. In 1958, Müller-Brockmann became the founder and co-editor (until 1965) of the journal Neue Grafik (New Graphic Design), spreading the principles of Swiss Design internationally. Müller-Brockmann never allowed his designs to be influenced by trends or styles but followed his own aesthetics and ethics. His posters provided numerous institutions and companies with a convincing graphic appearance and became a model in their quality. Müller-Brockmann passed away on August 30, 1996 in Zurich.

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Today is National Beach Day

Today is National Beach Day

It has been observed annually on August 30th since 2014. So let’s take the last rays of summer sunshine and head to the beach ….

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Today is Red Wine Day

Today is Red Wine Day

It’s Red Wine Day! There are many different types of red wine to enjoy — Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Malbec, and Shiraz are a few examples. With over 900 million gallons of wine consumed each year in the U.S., wine is one of the most preferred alcoholic beverages in the country. It is believed that people have been enjoying wine since 3100 B.C. In 2007, an archaic winery was uncovered during an excavation in an ancient Armenian cave dating back to the Stone Age. Did you know that red wine has certain health benefits? That’s right! Some red wines can be full of antioxidants that can help reduce the risk of heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Just make sure to drink in moderation! Source: punchbowl.com.

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