Today in History: Max Schmeling beats Joe Lewis in 1936

Today in History: Max Schmeling beats Joe Lewis

Surprise? Sensation? On this day in 1936, famed former world champion Max Schmeling beat the previously undefeated American heavyweight Joe Louis by a knockout in round twelve at sold-out Yankee Stadium in New York. Schmeling became the new world heavyweight champion but would lose the title again to Louis only two years later in the one and only rematch.

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Today in History: Marilyn Monroe born in 1926

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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Today in History: Marilyn Monroe sings Happy Birthday

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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Today in History: Audrey Hepburn born in 1929

Today in History: Audrey Hepburn born in 1929

91 years ago today, screen legend Audrey Hepburn (born Audrey Kathleen Ruston) was born in Brussels, Belgium. 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: First Rocket Launch in 1926

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

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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Today in History: Premiere of The Cabinet of Dr. Calilgari in 1920

Today in History: Premiere of The Cabinet of Dr. Calilgari in 1920

100 years ago today, one of the most influential German silent horror movie of all time premiered in Berlin (it was released in the US in March of 1921). The Cabinet of Dr. Calilgari tells the story of the madman Dr. Caligari and his devoted, fortune-telling sleepwalker Cesare and their connection to a string of murders in a German mountain village. This landmark in silent film history is famous for its exceptional, wildly distorted stage set designs. Caligari’s success had a huge impact on the worldwide image of German film-making after World War I. The movie was banned in Germany in 1933 and became part of the exhibition “Degenerate Art” in 1937.

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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

84 years ago today, 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

54 years ago today, 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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