Today in History: Fingerprint evidence used to solve murder case for the first time in 1905

Troxler, 1989

Today in History: Fingerprint evidence used to solve murder case for the first time in 1905
The neighbors of Thomas and Ann Farrow, shopkeepers in South London, discover their badly bludgeoned bodies in their home. Thomas was already dead, but Ann was still breathing. She died four days later without ever having regained consciousness. The brutal crime was solved using the newly developed fingerprinting technique. Only three years earlier, the first English court had admitted fingerprint evidence in a petty theft case. The Farrow case was the first time that the cutting-edge technology was used in a high-profile murder case.

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Today in History: Aretha Franklin born in 1942

Aretha, 1968

Today in History: Aretha Franklin born in 1942

Aretha Louise Franklin was an American soul and R&B singer often referred to as “Queen of Soul.” She was best known for her songs “Respect,” “Think,” and “You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman.” Franklin is one of the most honored artists by the Grammy Awards, with 18 competitive Grammys and two honorary Grammys. In 1987, she became the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She died in her home in Detroit in August 2018.

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Happy 91st Birthday, Günther Kieser !

Günther Kieser, 1972

Happy 91st Birthday, Günther Kieser !

Günther Kieser was born in 1930 in Kronberg, near Frankfurt. Trained at the Werkkunstschule in Offenbach, Kieser began his career as a free-lance artist in 1949 and founded a studio with Hans Michel in 1952. The two artists worked on projects for the German Mail Service and the Hesse radio network and started creating posters for Lippmann & Rau, founders of the first German Jazz concert agencies. Over the next decade, Kieser and Michel would design posters for the concerts by Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Oscar Peterson, and John Coltrane.

When his partnership with Michel ended in 1962, Kieser continued to work primarily for Lippmann & Rau, producing posters that would become fixtures in the music scene. His posters were displayed in concert halls, bars and on billboards. The artist is perhaps most famous for his 1969 Jimi Hendrix Experience poster which became a symbol for a new generation.

Kieser joined the Deutscher Werkbund (German Work Federation) in 1956 and became a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI) in 1964. In 1981, he became a professor for Visual Communication at the Bergische Universität in Wuppertal, a position he held until 1992. Kieser has won numerous international awards, his work has been exhibited worldwide and his posters are part of every important museum collection..

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Today in History: Miles Davis records Kind of Blue in 1959

Today in History: Miles Davis records Kind of Blue in 1959
It is considered the best-selling jazz album in history and one of the most influential works of jazz music ever produced.

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Today in History: Beatle-Mania in the USA in 1964

Today in History: Beatle-Mania in the USA in 1964

On this day in 1964, the Beatles arrive on their first visit to the United States, where thousands of fans greet them at Kennedy Airport in New York in what can only be described as Beetle-Mania. The Beatles’ first scheduled appearance was on American television on Sunday on the Ed Sullivan show (73 million people or 40% of Americans tuned into watch the Beatles sing All My Loving, Till There Was You, She Loves You, I Saw Her Standing There and I Want To Hold Your Hand.)

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Today in History: Bob Marley born in 1945

Today in History: Bob Marley born in 1945

On this day in 1945, the Jamaican singer and songwriter Bob Marley was born. Considered one of the pioneers of reggae, Marley’s contributions to music increased the visibility of Jamaican music worldwide and made him a global figure in popular culture for over a decade. Marley died of skin cancer on May 11, 1981.

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Today in History: Last public Beatles performance in 1969

Today in History: Last public Beatles performance in 1969

On this day in 1969, the Beatles gave their last public concert. It was an unannounced performance on the rooftop of the Apple building at 3 Savile Row in London. The Beatles’ last (scheduled) live concert took place on 29 August 1966 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California.

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Today in History: First live TV performance by Elvis Presley in 1956

Today in History: First live TV performance by Elvis Presley in 1956

On this day in 1956, Elvis Presley gave his first live performance on U.S. national television as a guest on The Dorsey Brothers Stage Show in New York. Following a rehearsal in Memphis, Elvis arrived in New York on January 25th. He stayed at the Warwick Hotel on 52nd Street, enjoyed some sightseeing during the following two days before the studio rehearsal on Saturday morning. The show aired Saturday night from CBS Studio 50 where the “King” rocked the world with “Shake, Rattle & Roll”: and “I Got a Woman.”

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Today in History: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart born in 1791

Today in History: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart born in 1791

On this day in 1791, the prolific and influential composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791) was born in Salzburg, Austria. Mozart’s father Leopold recognized and furthered his son’s musical genius early on. At the age of six, Wolfgang Amadeus was already a sensation on the piano and the violin. At age nine, he composed his first opera – “Apollo and Hyacinthus.” At 13, he was appointed “concert master“ by the Archbishop of Salzburg, performing before European royalty. In 1781 Mozart moved from Salzburg to Vienna where he worked as an independent composer, achieving fame but little financial security. During the last decade of his life, he composed many of his best-known symphonies and operas, including parts of his unfinished Requiem. Mozart died at his home in Vienna on December 5, 1791. The circumstances of his early death have been the source of much debate. Mozart was survived by his wife Constance and two sons.

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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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