Today in History: First Rocket Launch in 1926

Journey to the Far Side of the Sun, 1969

Today in History: First Rocket Launch in 1926

The American Professor Robert Hutchings Goddard (1882-1945) is considered the founder of modern astronautics. He is credited with building and launching the world’s first functional, liquid fuel rocket on March 16, 1926. Its flight lasted only two and a half seconds but the rocket flew an impressive 56 yards.

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Today in History: King Kong Premiere in 1933

King Kong, 1970s

Today in History: King Kong Premiere in 1933
The black and white movie marked a milestone in the history of film, especially due to Willis O’Brien’s stop-motion effects.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Today in History: Premiere of Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times in 1936

On this day in  1936, Charlie Chaplin’s “Modern Times” premiered in the United States. Chaplin himself wrote and directed the movie and starred as the main character. The film was banned in Germany and Italy for its alleged communist tendencies.

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Today in History: Buster Keaton died in 1966

Today in History: Buster Keaton died in 1966

On this day in 1966, Hollywood actor, director, and producer Buster Keaton passed away at the age of 70 in Los Angeles, California. Keaton was best known for his comic performance in silent films during the 1920s. His films “The General” (1926) and “The Cameraman” (1928) remain among the most highly regarded films of all times.

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Today in History: Audrey Hepburn died in 1993

Today in History: Audrey Hepburn died in 1993

On this day in 1963, 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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Today in History: Marlene Dietrich is born in 1901

Today in History: Marlene Dietrich is born in 1901

On this day in 1901, Marlene Dietrich, a German-born American actress, and singer was born. She became internationally famous after performance as Lola-Lola in The Blue Angel (1930), directed by Josef von Sternberg. After signing the contract with Paramount Pictures Dietrich performed in a number of successful films, including Shanghai Express and Desire. She was one of the highest-paid actresses of the era. She died in 1992 in Paris.

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Today is Columbus Day

Today is Columbus Day

In 1492, Christopher Columbus set sail on a voyage to find a shorter trade route to Asia. He traveled west and accidentally landed in the Americas, spawning the era of European exploration in the New World. The first celebration of his discovery did not take place until October 12, 1792—exactly 300 years after his landing. In 1937, President Franklin Roosevelt proclaimed Columbus Day a national holiday, observed each year on the second Monday of October. Happy Columbus Day!

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Today in History: La Moulin Rouge opened its doors in 1889

Today in History: La Moulin Rouge opened its doors in 1889

131 years ago today, the French cabaret Moulin Rouge opened its doors on the Boulevard Clichy in the Montmartre district of Paris. The venue was famous for its modern can-can dance performances and soon became the center of the Parisian entertainment district. It was considered the essence of Belle Epoque Paris where artists, businessmen, the middle classes, elegant women and visitors converged to attend avant-garde performances. The so-called “Bal du Moulin Rouge” was immortalized in posters by the famous artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Original works still adorn the foyer today. The “Moulin Rouge” helped many dancers to popularity and fame, among them “La Goulue.”

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History Today: James Bond makes his theatrical debut in 1962

History Today: James Bond makes his theatrical debut in 1962

The fictional British spy with the code name 007 was featured on the big screen for the first time in Dr. No. Based on the 1958 Ian Fleming novel of the same name, the movie starred Sean Connery as James Bond.

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