Today in History: Adolphe Mouron Cassandre born in 1901

Today in History: Adolphe Mouron Cassandre born in 1901

On this day in 1901, 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

On this day in 1989, the prominent Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dali passed away in Figueres, Spain.

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Today in History: Christian Dior born in 1905

Today in History: Christian Dior born in 1905

On this day in 1905, French fashion Christian Dior was born in Granville, France. His creations dominated world fashion in the decade following World War II.

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Today in History: Good-bye VW Beetle

Today in History: Good-bye VW Beetle
The end of the German production of the Beetle: On January 19, 1978 the last model of the legendary car rolls off the assembly lines at the Volkswagen plant in Emden, Germany. Here is a link to a short blog about the VW Beetle: http://wp.me/p6cafs-N

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Today in History: Ikko Tanaka born in 1930

Today in History: Ikko Tanaka born in 1930

On this day in 1930, graphic designer Ikko Tanaka was born in Nara, Japan. Tanaka was known for merging principles of clean, modern design with Japanese traditionalism. He studied art in Kyoto and worked as a textile and graphic designer before establishing his own studio in 1963. By the 1970s, Tanaka had become a leading commercial artist. He was also the editor of a series of books on Japanese culture. His most famous work is perhaps the 1981 poster design of an abstract version of a Geisha for the Nihon Buyo performance by the Asian Performing Arts Institute. He died in 2002 of a heart attack at the age of 71.

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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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History Today: Steve Jobs debuts iPhone in 2007

History Today: Steve Jobs debuts iPhone in 2007

On thhis day in 2007, Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone – a touchscreen mobile phone with an iPod, camera and Web-browsing capabilities,  – at the Macworld convention in San Francisco.

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History Today: David Bowie born in 1947

History Today: David Bowie born in 1947

On this day in 1947, the English singer, songwriter and actor David Robert Jones (professionally known as David Bowie) was born in London. Bowie died of liver cancer in January 2016, two days after the release of his final album.

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History Today: First U.S. presidential election

History Today: First U.S. presidential election

On this day in 1789, America’s first presidential election is held. Voters cast ballots to choose state electors; only white men who owned property were allowed to vote. As expected, George Washington won the election and was sworn into office on April 30, 1789.

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History Today: Joan of Arc born in 1412

History Today: Joan of Arc born in 1412

Today (supposedly) marks the 609th birthday of the French national heroine and Catholic saint, Joan of Arc (the Maid of Orleans). The peasant girl born in the east of France was said to have acted under divine guidance when she led the French army to victory over the English during the Hundred Years’ War. Many quick victories made her famous. In 1430 soldiers of Burgundy captured her and gave her to her English enemies who tried her for heresy and burned her at the stake (1412-1431).

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