Today is National Red Rose Day

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Today is National Red Rose Day

National Red Rose Day honors the flower that is a symbol of love and romance. Red roses were used in many early cultures as decorations in wedding ceremonies and wedding attire. It was through this practice that, over the years, the red rose became known as a symbol of love and romance. The tradition of giving red roses as the strongest message of love is still practiced today.

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History: Frank Lloyd Wright was born in 1867

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History: Frank Lloyd Wright was born in 1867

Frank Lloyd Wright is considered to be one of the most influential architects of his time. He designed more than 1,000 structures, over 500 of which were built. He also created many of the interior elements of his buildings, incl. furniture. Wright developed a philosophy he titled “organic architecture” believing that structures needed to blend into the landscape, creating harmony between humanity and its environment. Frank Lloyd Wright died on April 9, 1959, in Phoenix, Arizona. In 1991, he was recognized by the American Institute of Architects as “the greatest American architect of all time.”

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History: Marilyn Monroe born in 1926

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Today in History: Marilyn Monroe born in 1926
Today is the birthday of American actress, model and sex-symbol, Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson). A supporting role in the film “The Asphalt Jungle” (1950) marked Monroe’s breakthrough in Hollywood. Films like “Niagara” (1953), “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” (1953), and “Some Like It Hot” (1959) made her to one of the most successful movie stars of the 1950s.Monroe was found dead from a drug overdose on August 5, 1962 in her home in Brentwood, California. She was 36 years old.

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Happy Birthday, David Lance Goines

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Happy Birthday, David Lance Goines
The American artist, calligrapher, and book printer was born in 1945 and celebrates his 77th birthday today. Mr. Goines lives and works in Berkeley, California.

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First Indoor Swimming Pool opens in London in 1742

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First Indoor Swimming Pool opens in London in 1742

On this day in 1742, the world’s first indoor pool – the Bagnio – opened its doors in London. London in the 18th century had a stench all its own, the Thames and Fleet open sewers, the streets still clogged with filth. The poor still used the open waterways of the capital for the pleasure of swimming, though the degree of pleasure to be had from a dip in the Thames at that time is perhaps debatable. Thus it was that the Bagnio, opened on May 28 1742 in Lemon Street, Goodman’s Fields, was a business idea whose time had come. For the subscription of a guinea gentlemen (and only gentlemen, ladies were not to be countenanced) could use the 43-foot long pool, advertised as being warmed and kept fresh every day. As this was indoors the prying eyes of lesser mortals would be kept from the wealthy users – at the price of a guinea, the lower rungs of society were unlikely to be interested in the pool. The facilities of the Bagnio included a cold pool as well as the warmed one, and what were described as waiters were available to teach the art of swimming to those who had not yet mastered it.

Two observations should be made about the Bagnio as an innovation. The first is that the Romans in the first century AD are believed to have had such facilities in Britain – they had already installed a heated pool in Rome in the first half of the century. The second is that Bagno or Bagnio was also a synonym for brothel, so we may speculate on other services available beyond swimming coaching in the Lemon Street establishment. (source: http://www.information-britain.co.uk)

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Today in History: Sale of Manhattan in 1626

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Today in History: Sale of #Manhattan in 1626

On this day in 1626, Peter Minuit, a Dutch colonist, acquired Manhattan from unnamed Native American people in exchange for trade goods worth 60 Dutch guilders (approx.. $1100 today, accounting for inflation). With the purchase, the settlers wanted to lay the foundation for a central Dutch presence in North America, calling it New (Nieuw) Amsterdam, what is now lower Manhattan.

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Today in History: Bob Dylan born in 1941

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Today in History: Bob Dylan born in 1941
Happy Birthday! The American music icon is celebrating his 81st birthday today.

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Today in History: Birth of the Blue Jeans in 1873

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Today in History: Birth of the Blue Jeans in 1873

On this day in 1873, San Francisco businessman Levi Strauss and Reno, Nevada, tailor Jacob Davis are given a patent to create work pants reinforced with metal rivets, marking the birth of one of the world’s most famous garments: blue jeans.

Born Loeb Strauss in Buttenheim, Bavaria, in 1829, the young Strauss immigrated to New York with his family in 1847 after the death of his father. By 1850, Loeb had changed his name to Levi and was working in the family dry goods business, J. Strauss Brother & Co. In early 1853, Levi Strauss went west to seek his fortune during the heady days of the Gold Rush.

In San Francisco, Strauss established a wholesale dry goods business under his own name and worked as the West Coast representative of his family’s firm. His new business imported clothing, fabric and other dry goods to sell in the small stores opening all over California and other Western states to supply the rapidly expanding communities of gold miners and other settlers. By 1866, Strauss had moved his company to expanded headquarters and was a well-known businessman and supporter of the Jewish community in San Francisco.

Jacob Davis, a tailor in Reno, Nevada, was one of Levi Strauss’ regular customers. In 1872, he wrote a letter to Strauss about his method of making work pants with metal rivets on the stress points–at the corners of the pockets and the base of the button fly–to make them stronger. As Davis didn’t have the money for the necessary paperwork, he suggested that Strauss provide the funds and that the two men get the patent together. Strauss agreed enthusiastically, and the patent for “Improvement in Fastening Pocket-Openings”–the innovation that would produce blue jeans as we know them–was granted to both men on May 20, 1873.

Strauss brought Davis to San Francisco to oversee the first manufacturing facility for “waist overalls,” as the original jeans were known. At first they employed seamstresses working out of their homes, but by the 1880s, Strauss had opened his own factory. The famous 501brand jean–known until 1890 as “XX”–was soon a bestseller, and the company grew quickly. By the 1920s, Levi’s denim waist overalls were the top-selling men’s work pant in the United States. As decades passed, the craze only grew, and now blue jeans are worn by men and women, young and old, around the world. Source: history.com

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Today in History: Marilyn Monroe sings Happy Birthday

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Today in History: Marilyn Monroe sings Happy Birthday

On this day in in 1962, Marilyn Monroe performed a rendition of “Happy Birthday” for President John F. Kennedy for his 45th birthday during a fund-raiser at New York’s Madison Square Garden. The two were believed to have been engaged in an affair. The dress she wore that night was noted for being sheer and flesh colored with 2500 rhinestones sewn into it and designed by Jean Louis. The dress sold in 1999 at auction in New York for over US$1.26 million.

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Simplon Tunnel opens in 1906

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Today in History: Simplon Tunnel opens in 1906

The Simplon Tunnel is a railway tunnel on the Simplon railway that connects Brig, Switzerland and Domodossola, Italy, through the Alps, providing a shortcut under the Simplon Pass route. It actually consists of two single-track tunnels built nearly 15 years apart. It was the longest railway tunnel in the world for most of the twentieth century, from 1906 until 1982, when the Daishimizu Tunnel opened. Work on the first tube of the Simplon Tunnel commenced in 1898. The two halves of the railway tunnel were linked in 1905. It was hoped to finish the first shaft for a formal opening in October, but the first train did not run through until January 1906 and the opening was in May. The tunnel provided a route from London to Istanbul for the Simplon Orient Express. The Simplon’s second shaft was delayed by the First World War and not completed until 1921.

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