Today in History: India becomes a Republic in 1950

Today in History: India becomes a Republic in 1950

69 years ago today, the Constitution of India came into effect. The country became an independent nation within the British Commonwealth on 15 August 1947. Indian National Congress leader Jawaharlal Nehru became the first Prime Minister of India, but the leader most associated with the independence struggle, Mahatma Gandhi, accepted no office. The new constitution of 1950 made India a democratic country.

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Today in History: Gold discovered in California in 1848

Today in History: Gold discovered in California in 1848

171 years ago today, the California Gold Rush (1848 – 1855) began when the carpenter James W. Marshall discovered gold at Coloma’s Sutter’s Mill near the Sacramento River. His discovery triggered the first and biggest gold rush in North American history. Within one year, some 80,000 gold-seekers – the so-called “forty-niners” – moved to the region to pursue their fortune. By 1853, the number of adventurers had risen to a quarter of a million. After exploiting the most productive gold mines, many of the newly created camps and villages became ghost towns. As a result of the great gold rush, the foundation for the “Golden State” of California had been laid. In 1850, California became the 31st state to join the United States.

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Today in History: Adolphe Mouron Cassandre born in 1901

Today in History: Adolphe Mouron Cassandre born in 1901

118 years ago today, the poster artist and typeface designer A.M Cassandre (born Adolphe Jean-Marie Mouron) was born in Kharkiv, Ukraine to French parents. After settling in Paris in 1915, the young artist studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and the Academie Julian and opened his own studio in 1922. Cassandre learned the techniques of poster production while working for the Parisian printing house Hatchard et Compagnie. Between 1923 and 1936, he created several enormously influential advertising posters, among them “Etoile du Nord” (1927), “Dubonnet” (1932) and “Normandie” (1935). In 1927, Cassandre co-founded the advertising agency Alliance Graphique. He designed magazine covers, advertisements, logos and typefaces (among them the popular “Peignot” from 1937). In 1936, he was honored with an exhibition of his works at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Cassandre worked in the U.S. during the late 1930s (Container Corporation of America) before returning to Europe in 1939 to join the French army fight the German invasion of World War II. After the war, Cassandre concentrated on painting, theater and ballet designs. Following a long and difficult battle with depression, he committed suicide in his apartment in Paris in 1968.

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Today in History: Salvador Dali died in 1989

Today in History: Salvador Dali died in 1989

30 years ago today, the prominent Spanish surralist painter Salvador Dali passed away in Figueres, Spain.

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Today in History: Claire Waldoff died in 1957

Today in History: Claire Waldoff died in 1957

Germany’s pre-World War II “Cabaret Queen,” Claire Waldoff. passed away 62 years ago today. Waldoff was a famous Kabarett singer and entertainer in Berlin during the 1910s and 1920s, known for performing ironic songs in the Berlinish dialect and lesbian undertones and themes.

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Today in History: First passenger flight of the Concorde in 1976

Today in History: First passenger flight of the Concorde in 1976

43 years ago today, the airliner Concorde began its passenger service. The supersonic jet was first flown in 1969. Commercial service continued until the end of 2003. A total of only 20 aircraft were built. British Airways and Air France were its primary users.

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Today in History: Audrey Hepburn died in 1993

Today in History: Audrey Hepburn died in 1993

26 years ago today, screen legend Audrey Hepburn (born Audrey Kathleen Ruston) passed away. The British film and fashion icon was one of Hollywood’s largest movie stars during the 1950s and 1960s. Hepburn shot to stardom through her Oscar-winning lead role in Roman Holiday in 1953. She went on to star in a number of successful films, such as Sabrina (1954), The Nun’s Story (1959), Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), Charade (1963), My Fair Lady (1964) and Wait Until Dark (1967). Hepburn devoted much of her later life to UNICEF. She died of appendiceal cancer at her home in Switzerland at the age of 63. Source: wikipedia.org

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