Today in History: Robert Rauschenberg is born in 1925

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Today in History: Robert Rauschenberg is born in 1925

On this day in 1925, today, American painter and graphic artist, Robert Rauschenberg, was born in Port Arthur, Texas. He studied art in Kansas (1946-1947), Paris (1947) and at Black Mountain College in North Carolina under Joseph Albers (1948-1950). Rauschenberg was based in New York City and is perhaps best known for his influence on pop art of the 1960s, constantly questioning the distinction between art and everyday objects. The eclectic artist often combined sculpture and paint in his works. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, he experimented with collage and photography. Rauschenberg died from heart failure in 2008.

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Today in History: Thomas Edison invents a commercially practical incandescent light

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Today in History: Thomas Edison invents a commercially practical incandescent light

On this day in 1879, Thomas Edison invented a commercially practical incandescent light at his industrial research lab in Menlo Park, New Jersey. Edison had filed his first patent application for “Improvement In Electric Lights” in October 1878. The first successful test was on October 22, 1879, and lasted 13.5 hours. Historians list 22 inventors of incandescent lamps prior to Thomas Edison but Edison’s, although not first light bulb, is considered to be the first practical incandescent lamp.

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Today in History: Monterey Bay Aquarium opens in 1984

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Today in History: Monterey Bay Aquarium opens in 1984

On this day in 1984, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, one of the largest aquariums in the world opens in Monterey Bay, California. Among its many “firsts,” it is the only aquarium in the world able to keep a great white shark captive for more than 16 days.

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Today in History: Peter Max born in 1937

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Today in History: Peter Max born in 1937

Happy Birthday, Peter Max! Peter Max (born Peter Max Finkelstein in Berlin) is a pop culture graphic artist known for his psychedelic style of painting and the use of bright, vibrant colors. In 1938, Max’s parents fled Berlin to settle in China and later in Israel, Paris and New York. Max began his artistic career in the United States in the 1960s by opening a small art studio with a friend. He developed a unique style of art combining antique photographic images, bold colors, and collages. His studio became very popular among business houses and his art was soon appearing on posters and walls of the colleges in the U.S.  He became famous for his unique symbolism and his artworks appeared on several television commercials which made him a national icon.

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Today in History: Alaska formally becomes part of the USA in 1867

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Today in History: Alaska formally becomes part of the USA in 1867

The United States had purchased the large and sparsely populated territory of Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million, or less than two cents an acre. The purchase was not seen as a positive acquirement by many American citizens who believed that adding Alaska to the US’s territory was a waste of taxpayers’ money. Many called the act, Seward’s folly after Secretary of State William H. Seward, who was responsible for making the purchase. Alaska was admitted to the Union as a state in 1959. October 18 is annually celebrated as Alaska Day in Alaska.

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Today is National Spaghetti Day!

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Today is National Spaghetti Day!

Did you know that in the year 2000, 1.3 million pounds of spaghetti were sold in American grocery stores? If all of those packages were lined up, they would circle the Earth nine times!

The first historical reference to boiled noodles (found in the Jerusalem Talmud) suggests that the Arabs invented the dish thousands of years ago. What’s remarkable about this record is that it actually refers to dried noodles purchased from a vendor, which means that pasta has been sold in stores since at least the 5th century!

Today we associate pasta with the Italians, who have revolutionized the dish and invented a wide variety of pasta shapes. These include farfalle, conchiglie, rotini, penne, tortellini, and, of course, spaghetti. Spaghetti is the most common round-rod type of pasta and in Italian, “spaghetti” means “little lines.” Spaghetti is traditionally served with tomato sauce and Parmesan cheese, but you can also add meat, garlic, oil, and pepper for extra flavor.

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Today is National Liqueur Day

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Today is National Liqueur Day

A liqueur is a strong alcoholic beverage that has been sweetened with herbs, fruits, nuts, cream, or spices. Liqueurs are traditionally served as after-dinner drinks or mixed with coffee. The word “liqueur” comes from the Latin word “liquifacere,” which means “to dissolve or melt.” As early as 400 BC, the Egyptians and Greeks distilled wine to produce fortified spirits. They sweetened this concoction with cinnamon and honey—a combination that we still use today to create mead. In the thirteenth century, European monks and alchemists perfected the distillation process used to create liqueur. The liquid was primarily used for medicinal purposes. Source: punchbowl.com

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Today in History: Mauzan born in 1883

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Today in History: Mauzan born in 1883

Achille Lucien Mauzan was born on the French Riviera but moved to Italy in 1905. He was known as a decorative illustrator, though he also painted and sculpted. After studying at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts at Lyon, France, Mauzan divided his life between Milan, Paris and Buenos Aires. During his career as a poster printer and designer, Mauzan created over 2,000 posters, using a style marked by humor and brilliant colors for advertisement and events. In 1926, he set up the “Affiches Mauzan” publishing house in Argentina where many of his greatest works were created and where he worked until 1932 before returning to France. He died in January of 1952.

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Today in History: Le Corbusier presents Unité d’habitation in 1952

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Today in History: Le Corbusier presents Unité d’habitation in 1952
The Unité d’habitation (Housing Unit) is a modernist residential housing design principle developed by the architect Le Corbusier, with the collaboration of painter-architect Nadir Afonso. The concept formed the basis of several housing developments designed by him throughout Europe. The most famous of these developments, which was supported by the French government and had been built since 1947, is located in south Marseille. Due to its construction, the “housing unit” was to enable new forms of communication and coexistence. The building complex for 1800 residents, consisting of 23 variations of apartments, included two “streets” within the settlement with shops, a school and a hotel. A kindergarten and a sports hall were also housed on the roof of the residential project.

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Today in History: Olympic Games in Mexico open in 1968

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Today in History: Olympic Games in Mexico open in 1968

On this day in 1968, the first Olympic Games in Latin America were opened In Mexico City. The Games were overshadowed by political events such as the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia and civil unrest in the host country. More than 5,000 athletes from over 100 nations participated. It marked the first time that West- and East Germany would send separate teams to the Olympics (the team from the GDR was forced to depart early as the IOC forbade it from competing under the name DDR). During the medal ceremony for the 200-meter dash, American medal winners Tommie Smith and John Carlos demonstrated their sympathy for the “Black Panther” movement by raising a black-gloved fist during the American national anthem. American Bob Beamon created a sensation with his world record long jump of 8.90 meters (29 ft. 2 1/2 in.), beating the existing record by 55 cm (21 3/4 in.).

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