History: 1st Presidential TV Debate in 1960

History: 1st Presidential TV Debate in 1960
On this day in 1960, for the first time in U.S. history, a debate between major party presidential candidates is shown on television. The presidential hopefuls, John F. Kennedy, a Democratic senator of Massachusetts, and Richard M. Nixon, the vice president of the United States, met in a Chicago studio to discuss U.S. domestic matters. It was the first of four televised debates. On November 8, 1960, Kennedy won 49.7 percent of the popular vote in one of the closest presidential elections in U.S. history, surpassing by a fraction the 49.6 percent received by his Republican opponent.

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Today in History: Jimi Hendrix dies in 1970

Today in History: Jimi Hendrix dies in 1970

50 years ago today, American musician Jimi Hendrix died after collapsing at a party in London. He was 27 years old. Hendrix was born in Seattle, Washington, but rose to fame in Britain with his band the Jimi Hendrix Experience. He was arguably one of the most influential guitarists of the 1960s and perhaps in the history of rock music.

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Today in History: Richard Paul Lohse born in 1902

Today in History: Richard Paul Lohse born in 1902

Richard Paul Lohse was born in Zürich in 1902.  In 1918, Lohse joined the advertising agency Max Dalang where he trained to be an advertising artist. In the 1930s, his work as a graphic artist and book designer put him among the pioneers of modern Swiss graphic design. In 1937 Lohse, with Leo Leuppi, co-founded Allianz, an association of Swiss modern artists. In 1953 he published the book “New Design in Exhibitions”, in 1958, he became co-editor of the magazine Neue Grafik/New Graphic Design. Important exhibitions and publications help the Swiss painter and graphic artist become and one of the main representatives of the concrete and constructive art movements of the 20thj century. Lohse died in Zürich in 1988.

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Beatles’ Last Commercial Performance in 1966

Beatles’ Last Commercial Performance in 1966

Popular British rock group, the Beatles, played their last live concert in front of a paying public at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. The band came together one last time for an unannounced performance in January 1969 on the rooftop of the Apple building in London.

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Today is National Radio Day

Today is National Radio Day

Each year on August 20th, National Radio Day recognizes the invention of the radio. Wireless communication started developing during the 19th century. Commercial broadcasts began in the 1920s and the radio quickly became an important mass medium for news and entertainment.

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Today in History: Woodstock Music Festival in 1969

Today in History: Woodstock Music Festival in 1969

51 years ago today, the Woodstock Music Festival opened in the small town of Bethal in upstate New York. Planned as a small event on a patch of farmland, the pop and rock festival went down in history: almost half a million rock fans came to Woodstock to celebrate “Three Days of Peace and Music.”

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Today in History: Major blackout in 2003

Today in History: Major blackout in 2003

17 years ago today, massive power failures caused chaos across the eastern United States and Canada, hitting major cities such as New York and Ottawa. The worst power cut in US history affected more than 50 million people. Power was up and running again after nearly 30 hours. Most of the blame for the blackouts was laid on an Ohio-based plant operator, FirstEnergy, one of whose plants had shut down unexpectedly, cutting off a major supply route into the main electrical grid.

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Today in History: 1st Pink Floyd Album released in 1967

Today in History: 1st Pink Floyd Album released in 1967

On this day in 1967,  Pink Floyd released its first album, “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn.”

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Today in History: Louis Armstrong born in 1901

Today in History: Louis Armstrong born in 1901

Louis Armstrong is best known as one of the greats in jazz music. Born in New Orleans, he began playing in public after dropping out of school at age 11. By the time he was 14, Armstrong was playing his cornet in a night club. Like many other jazz musicians, he moved to Chicago which was quickly becoming the center of Jazz in the United States. Over the next few years even during the great depression of the early thirties he still found work due to his unique style. In 1964 he recorded his biggest hit “Hello, Dolly!” which not only went to number 1 on the pop music chart but even dislodged the Beatles. Armstrong died on July 6, 1971.

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Happy Birthday, Mick Jagger !

Happy Birthday, Mick Jagger !
The English music icon and Rolling Stones front man is celebrating his 77th birthday today.

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