Today in History: Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge begins in 1933

Today in History: Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge begins in 1933

The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco is one of the best-known symbols of the United States. First ideas and drafts of the project started circulating at the end of the 19th century but no one thought the project financially and technically feasible. Today, the bridge is considered to be one of the Wonders of the Modern World. Frommers travel guide called it ” possibly the most beautiful, certainly the most photographed, bridge in the world.”

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Today in History: Cigarette Ads banned from U.S. Television in 1971

Today in History: Cigarette Ads banned from U.S. Television in 1971

In 1970, Congress took their anti-smoking initiative one step further and passed the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act, banning the advertising of cigarettes on television and radio starting on January 2, 1971. The last televised cigarette ad ran on New Year’s Day in 1971 at 11:50 p.m. during the Johnny Carson Show.

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Today is Polar Bear Swim Day

Today is Polar Bear Swim Day

Since 1920, a group of hardy swimmers has celebrated New Year’s Day by plunging into the frigid waters of Vancouver’s English Bay. As crazy as it sounds, the custom has spread to the United States, where chapters of the American Polar Bear Club have established themselves in a number of states known for their cold winter weather. In Sheboygan, Wisconsin, more than 300 daring swimmers—many of them in costume—brave the ice floes of Lake Michigan to take their New Year’s Day swim. About 3,000 to 4,000 spectators stay bundled up on the beach and watch. The Sheboygan event has gradually expanded into a day-long festival, with a brat-fry, a costume contest, and live entertainment. (Source: thefreedictionary.com)

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Happy New Year !  

Happy New Year !  

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Today in History: Henri Matisse born in 1869

Today in History: Henri Matisse born in 1869

148 years ago today, French painter and sculptor Henri-Emile-Benoit Matisse was born.

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Today in History: Charlie Chaplin dies in 1977

Today in History: Charlie Chaplin dies in 1977

40 years ago today, Charlie Chaplin passed away. Sir Charles Spencer “Charlie” Chaplin was an English comic actor, filmmaker, and composer who rose to fame in the era of silent film. Chaplin became a worldwide icon through his screen persona “The Tramp” and is considered one of the most important figures in the history of the film industry. His career spanned more than 75 years, from childhood until a year before his death in 1977. Source Wikipedia.org.

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Merry Christmas to you and yours ! 

Merry Christmas to you and yours ! 

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