Today in History: Robert Rauschenberg is born in 1925

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Today in History: Robert Rauschenberg is born in 1925

On this day in 1925, today, American painter and graphic artist, Robert Rauschenberg, was born in Port Arthur, Texas. He studied art in Kansas (1946-1947), Paris (1947) and at Black Mountain College in North Carolina under Joseph Albers (1948-1950). Rauschenberg was based in New York City and is perhaps best known for his influence on pop art of the 1960s, constantly questioning the distinction between art and everyday objects. The eclectic artist often combined sculpture and paint in his works. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, he experimented with collage and photography. Rauschenberg died from heart failure in 2008.

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Today in History: Thomas Edison invents a commercially practical incandescent light

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Today in History: Thomas Edison invents a commercially practical incandescent light

On this day in 1879, Thomas Edison invented a commercially practical incandescent light at his industrial research lab in Menlo Park, New Jersey. Edison had filed his first patent application for “Improvement In Electric Lights” in October 1878. The first successful test was on October 22, 1879, and lasted 13.5 hours. Historians list 22 inventors of incandescent lamps prior to Thomas Edison but Edison’s, although not first light bulb, is considered to be the first practical incandescent lamp.

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Today in History: Peter Max born in 1937

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Today in History: Peter Max born in 1937

Happy Birthday, Peter Max! Peter Max (born Peter Max Finkelstein in Berlin) is a pop culture graphic artist known for his psychedelic style of painting and the use of bright, vibrant colors. In 1938, Max’s parents fled Berlin to settle in China and later in Israel, Paris and New York. Max began his artistic career in the United States in the 1960s by opening a small art studio with a friend. He developed a unique style of art combining antique photographic images, bold colors, and collages. His studio became very popular among business houses and his art was soon appearing on posters and walls of the colleges in the U.S.  He became famous for his unique symbolism and his artworks appeared on several television commercials which made him a national icon.

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Today in History: Mauzan born in 1883

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Today in History: Mauzan born in 1883

Achille Lucien Mauzan was born on the French Riviera but moved to Italy in 1905. He was known as a decorative illustrator, though he also painted and sculpted. After studying at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts at Lyon, France, Mauzan divided his life between Milan, Paris and Buenos Aires. During his career as a poster printer and designer, Mauzan created over 2,000 posters, using a style marked by humor and brilliant colors for advertisement and events. In 1926, he set up the “Affiches Mauzan” publishing house in Argentina where many of his greatest works were created and where he worked until 1932 before returning to France. He died in January of 1952.

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Today in History: Le Corbusier presents Unité d’habitation in 1952

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Today in History: Le Corbusier presents Unité d’habitation in 1952
The Unité d’habitation (Housing Unit) is a modernist residential housing design principle developed by the architect Le Corbusier, with the collaboration of painter-architect Nadir Afonso. The concept formed the basis of several housing developments designed by him throughout Europe. The most famous of these developments, which was supported by the French government and had been built since 1947, is located in south Marseille. Due to its construction, the “housing unit” was to enable new forms of communication and coexistence. The building complex for 1800 residents, consisting of 23 variations of apartments, included two “streets” within the settlement with shops, a school and a hotel. A kindergarten and a sports hall were also housed on the roof of the residential project.

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Today in History: Olympic Games in Mexico open in 1968

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Today in History: Olympic Games in Mexico open in 1968

On this day in 1968, the first Olympic Games in Latin America were opened In Mexico City. The Games were overshadowed by political events such as the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia and civil unrest in the host country. More than 5,000 athletes from over 100 nations participated. It marked the first time that West- and East Germany would send separate teams to the Olympics (the team from the GDR was forced to depart early as the IOC forbade it from competing under the name DDR). During the medal ceremony for the 200-meter dash, American medal winners Tommie Smith and John Carlos demonstrated their sympathy for the “Black Panther” movement by raising a black-gloved fist during the American national anthem. American Bob Beamon created a sensation with his world record long jump of 8.90 meters (29 ft. 2 1/2 in.), beating the existing record by 55 cm (21 3/4 in.).

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Today in History: U.S.A. Aids March in 1987

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Today in History: U.S.A. Aids March in 1987

On this day in 1987, hundreds of thousands march for lesbian and gay rights marched by the White House and then assembled on the national Mall below the U.S. Capitol. The “Great March” was led by about 3,000 people with AIDS, some in wheelchairs, others in chartered buses.

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Today in History: First Olympic Games in Asia in 1964

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Today in History: First Olympic Games in Asia in 1964

On this day in 1964, the 18th modern Olympic Games opened in Tokyo. It was the first time that the Games were hosted by an Asian country. Tokyo was originally scheduled to hold the Games in 1940 but after Japan’s invasion on China, the honor was passed on to Helsinki and the event was ultimately canceled because of World War II. The 1964 Games were the first to be telecast live internationally. The “Summer Games” were scheduled for mid-October to avoid both the typhoon season (September) as well as Tokyo’s mid-summer heat and humidity. 93 nations participated, 16 of which made their first Olympic appearance.

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Today in History: John Lennon born in 1940

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Today in History: John Lennon born in 1940

On this day in 1940, the musician, songwriter and front man of the Beatles was born in Liverpool, England. John Lennon met Paul McCartney in 1957 when he invited him to join his music group. They eventually formed the most successful songwriting partnership in musical history. Lennon left the Beatles in 1969 and later produced albums with his wife, Yoko Ono, among others. After a 5 year break from music, Lennon returned to the recording studio in 1980. Tragically, only a few weeks after the release of his new album Double Fantasy, Lennon was shot and killed on December 8, 1980, by a deranged fan in front of his apartment complex in New York City.

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Today in History: Air France formed in 1933

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Today in History: Air France formed in 1933

The French airline was formed on this day in 1933 and this is always a great reason to show another example of Air France’s wonderful poster art.

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