Today in History: Adolphe Mouron Cassandre born in 1901

Today in History: Adolphe Mouron Cassandre born in 1901

117 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 the 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: First passenger flight of the Concorde in 1976

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

42 years ago today, the airliner Concorde began its passenger service. The supersonic jet was first flown in  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: Grand Canyon declared National Monument in 1908

Today in History: Grand Canyon declared National Monument in 1908

110 years ago today, U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt declares the massive Grand Canyon in northwestern Arizona a national monument.

Though Native Americans lived in the area as early as the 13th century, the first European sighting of the canyon wasn’t until 1540, by members of an expedition headed by the Spanish explorer Francisco Vasquez de Coronado. Because of its remote and inaccessible location, several centuries passed before North American settlers really explored the canyon. In 1869, geologist John Wesley Powell led a group of 10 men in the first difficult journey down the rapids of the Colorado River and along the length of the 277-mile gorge in four rowboats.

By the end of the 19th century, the Grand Canyon was attracting thousands of tourists each year. One famous visitor was President Theodore Roosevelt, a New Yorker with a particular affection for the American West.After becoming president in1901 after the assassination of President William McKinley, Roosevelt made environmental conservation a major part of his presidency. After establishing the National Wildlife Refuge to protect the country’s animals, fish and birds, Roosevelt turned his attention to federal regulation of public lands. Though a region could be given national park status–indicating that all private development on that land was illegal–only by an act of Congress, Roosevelt cut down on red tape by beginning a new presidential practice of granting a similar “national monument” designation to some of the West’s greatest treasures.

In January 1908, Roosevelt exercised this right to make more than 800,000 acres of the Grand Canyon area into a national monument. “Let this great wonder of nature remain as it now is,” he declared. “You cannot improve on it. But what you can do is keep it for your children, your children’s children, and all who come after you, as the one great sight which every American should see.”

Congress did not officially outlaw private development in the Grand Canyon until 1919, when President Woodrow Wilson signed the Grand Canyon National Park Act. Today, more than 5 million people visit the canyon each year. The canyon floor is accessible by foot, mule or boat, and whitewater rafting, hiking and running in the area are especially popular. Many choose to conserve their energies and simply take in the breathtaking view from the canyon’s South Rim–some 7,000 feet above sea level–and marvel at a vista virtually unchanged for over 400 years. Source: http://www.history.com.

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Today is National Milk Day

Today is National Milk Day

The first day milk arrived by delivery in bottles was on January 11, 1878. National Milk Day commemorates this day and the delivery of this important staple beverage in America. Some trivia? The United States and Australia are the world’s largest exporters of milk and milk products. Throughout the world, there are more than 6 billion consumers of milk and milk products. Aside from cattle, many kinds of livestock provide milk used by humans for dairy products. These animals include buffalo, goat, sheep, camel, donkey, horse, reindeer and yak. Source: nationaldaycalendar.com.

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Today in History: Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge begins in 1933

Today in History: Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge begins in 1933

The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco is one of the best-known symbols of the United States. First ideas and drafts of the project started circulating at the end of the 19th century but no one thought the project financially and technically feasible. Today, the bridge is considered to be one of the Wonders of the Modern World. Frommers travel guide called it ” possibly the most beautiful, certainly the most photographed, bridge in the world.”

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Today in History: Henri Matisse born in 1869

Today in History: Henri Matisse born in 1869

148 years ago today, French painter and sculptor Henri-Emile-Benoit Matisse was born.

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Today in History: Oscar Peterson dies in 2007

Today in History: Oscar Peterson dies in 2007

10 years ago today, Oscar Emmanuel Peterson passed away. Peterson was a Canadian jazz pianist and composer. He released over 200 recordings, won eight Grammys and numerous other awards and honors. He is considered one of the greatest jazz pianists of his time and enjoyed a career lasting more than 60 years. Source: Wikipedia.org.

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10 years ago today, Oscar Emmanuel Peterson passed away. Peterson was a Canadian jazz pianist and composer. He released over 200 recordings, won eight Grammys and numerous other awards and honors. He is considered one of the greatest jazz pianists of his time and enjoyed a career lasting more than 60 years. Source: Wikipedia.org.

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