Today in History: Claire Waldoff died in 1957

Today in History: Claire Waldoff died in 1957

Germany’s pre-World War II “Cabaret Queen,” Claire Waldoff. passed away 63 years ago today. Waldoff was a famous Kabarett singer and entertainer in Berlin during the 1910s and 1920s, known for performing ironic songs in the Berlinish dialect and lesbian undertones and themes.

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Today in History: Janis Joplin born in 1943

Today in History: Janis Joplin born in 1943

77 years ago today, Janis Lyn Joplin, one of America’s biggest female rock stars of the 1960s, was born. She was the goddess of the hippie movement – and is considered, by many, to be the best white blues singer in the world. Janis Joplin celebrated her greatest success in 1969 at Woodstock. Only one year later, she died of a heroin overdose.

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History Today: David Bowie born in 1947

History Today: David Bowie born in 1947

The English singer, songwriter and actor David Robert Jones (professionally known as David Bowie) would have turned 73 years today. 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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Today is National Violin Day

Today is National Violin Day

National Violin Day is celebrated annually on December 13th. The violin, sometimes informally called a fiddle, is a string instrument, usually with four strings tuned in perfect fifths. It is the smallest, highest-pitched member of the violin family of string instruments, which includes the viola and cello. The violin acquired most of its modern characteristics in 16th-century Italy, with some further modifications occurring in the 18th century. Violinists and collectors particularly prize the instruments made by the Gasparo da Salò, Giovanni Paolo Maggini, Stradivari, Guarneri and Amati families from the 16th to the 18th century in Brescia and Cremona and by Jacob Stainer in Austria.

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History: The Berlin Wall falls in 1989

History: The Berlin Wall falls in 1989

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. On November 9, 1989, East German officials opened the Berlin Wall, allowing travel from East to West Berlin. The following day, celebrating Germans began to tear the wall down. One of the ugliest and most infamous symbols of the Cold War was soon reduced to rubble. The “fall of the Berlin Wall” paved the way for German reunification, which formally took place on October 3, 1990.

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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

130 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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