Today in History: The Library of Congress opens in 1800

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Today in History: The Library of Congress opens in 1800

On this day in 1800, the Library of Congress (the research library of the United States Congress ) was established when then President John Adams signed an Act of Congress providing for the transfer of the seat of government from Philadelphia to the new capital city of Washington.

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Today is World Book Day

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Today is World Book Day

Today is World Book Day! The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) created this special day to celebrate books, authors, publishers, and illustrators. World Book Day promotes reading to children and people in under privileged areas. It was first celebrated in 1995, and is celebrated worldwide. This day is celebrated on the 23rd of April because on that date in 1616, a few major authors died (including Shakespeare). World Book Day honors their work, and supports every other author, publisher and book out there. This day shows the significance of books for both learning and pleasure. Source: https://www.punchbowl.com

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Today is Earth Day

Today is Earth Day

Celebrate and protect our natural environment by taking part in Earth Day. Earth Day began in 1970 and has since grown into a global event recognized by over 192 countries. Show your love for the planet we call home. Maybe plant a tree, prepare a meal with locally-grown vegetables, educate a friend or family member, or help clean up trash in your neighborhood— the possibilities are endless.

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Today in History: Seville World’s Fair opens in 1992

Today in History: Seville World’s Fair opens in 1992

The Universal Exposition of Seville (Expo ’92) took place from April 20 to October 12, 1992, on Cartuja Island in Seville, Spain. The theme for the Expo was “The Age of Discovery” and over 100 countries were represented. Almost 42 million people visited the fair. Expo’92 Seville was widely known for its massive site, held at the Isla de la Cartuja, reputed site of reference for Columbus for his voyage to the New World, and required at least several days to visit most of the Pavilions. It was also known for its numerous spectacular gates and bridges, and the diversity of transport within the Expo site from bus to ferry boat, to cable car and monorail. It also gave an impressive architectural tour of the world, with many countries vying for the position of the most inventive or creative Pavilion structure – outstanding amongst these was the Pavilion of Japan – the world’s largest wooden structure, the Pavilion of Morocco, a re-creation of a Moroccan Palace-Mansion, and the modernistic cube and sphere of the flagship Spanish Pavilion, to name a few.

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Today in History: Expo in Brussels opens in 1958

Today in History: Expo in Brussels opens in 1958

On this day in 1958, Belgian King Baudouin I opened the first World’s Fair after the Second World War in Brussels, Belgium. The exhibit’s main themes were innovations in aerospace and nuclear energy. The Expo 1958 was attended by approx. 41 million people. Symbol of the fair was the “Atomium,” a 102 meter (335 ft.) model of an iron molecule. The Soviet Union introduced a model of the first Soviet satellite, a facsimile of Sputnik, which was regarded as a direct insult to the United States during the time of the Cold War. The satellite disappeared mysteriously during the fair and the Soviets accused the US of stealing it. The United States in turn was planning on constructing a nuclear power plant on the exhibition grounds, close to the city center and the Royal Palace. The Belgian King intervened and asked that the power plant be built at a different location.

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Today is ‘Save The Elephant’ Day

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Today is ‘Save The Elephant’ Day

They might be wildlife icons, but, sadly, elephants are in crisis. Save The Elephant Day is a chance to show our love and support for these much-loved giants and raise awareness of the threats to their future in both Africa and Asia, ranging from ivory poachers and traffickers to loss of habitat. Also known as World Elephant Day, the occasion was founded by the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation, based in Thailand, working together with Canadian film-maker Patricia Sims. The launch of this international initiative in 2012 saw the release of the documentary film ‘Return to the Forest’, narrated by Star Trek legend William Shatner. The ideal way to mark the day is to donate to a charity helping elephants or organize an event in aid of these beautiful but threatened beasts. You could also watch a wildlife film about elephants or sign a petition to raise awareness. (source: http://www.daysoftheyear.com)

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Today in History: Kodak launches Kodachrome in 1935

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Today in History: Kodak launches Kodachrome in 1935

On this day in 1935, , 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: Oskar Schlemmer died in 1943

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Today in History: Oskar Schlemmer died in 1943

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: 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 is National Golf (Lover’s) Day!

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Today is National Golf (Lover’s) Day!

Some avid golfers might suggest any and every day is Golfer’s Day. But on this day, it’s official. Golfer’s Day is an opportunity to be thankful that someone invented this addicting, yet relaxing hobby. There is, of course, only one proper way to enjoy this day. And, that’s out on the golf course.

The modern game of golf originated in 15th century Scotland. Its earliest origins, however, are unclear. The world’s oldest golf tournament is The Open Championship which was first played in October of 1860 in Ayrshire, Scotland. Golf came to the United States in the second half of the 18th century. Today, there are over 10,000 American golf clubs.

On this day in 1895, the first US Open for Golf took place. The now annual event was played at the Newport Country Club in Newport, Rhode Island, for the first time. 11 people played the 36-hole competition in a single day. Horace Rawlins, a 21-year old Englishman won the tournament and took home a trophy and $150 cash.

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