Tomorrow (March 10) is Daylight Savings Time.

Tomorrow (March 10) is Daylight Savings Time.

As we start Daylight Savings Time at 2 am on March 10 here in the United States, many of us will miss that lost hour of sleep for the next several weeks. At least your afternoons and evenings will be lighter a little longer.

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Today in History: Piet #Mondrian born in 1872

Today in History: Piet #Mondrian born in 1872

Happy Birthday, Piet Mondrian. The Dutch painter was born 147 years ago today. Pieter Cornelis “Piet” Mondriaan (after 1906 Mondrian) was an important contributor to the De Stijl art movement and is best known for his non-representational form termed neo-plasticism. While Mondrian’s early works were naturalistic and impressionistic in nature, his appreciation of cubism around 1910 put him on the path toward pure abstraction. Mondrian’s most famous compositions (f.ex. “Composition with Red, Yellow and Blue” from 1921) consisted primarily of grids of black lines and colored rectangles on a white background.

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Today is National Dentist’s Day

Today is National Dentist’s Day

Observed annually on March 6, it is time to say “Thank You” to your dentist. Most of us would rather be someplace else than sitting in a dental chair. However, when our checkup is done, our teeth are cleaned, the cavities are filled, the broken tooth is fixed, a toothache is gone, we appreciate what the dentist has done for us. Keep brushing those teeth …

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Today is National #Absinthe Day. 

Today is National #Absinthe Day. 

Absinthe is a very strong green aniseed-flavored liqueur (actually spirit, as it is unsweetened), originally made with the shrub wormwood. French doctor, Pierre Ordinaire, has been credited with the creation of absinthe in the early 19th century. He prescribed it to his patients as a cure for many illnesses. Absinthe became popular among artists and writers as it was rumored to have hallucinogenic effects. Its reputation took severe a downhill turn at the end of the 19th century when the green liquid was blamed for causing madness. In 1905, a French worker is said to have murdered his wife and children after having spent the day drinking absinthe. The drink was soon banned in France, much of Europe and the United States. In 2007, a less potent version of the original absinthe was legalized in the U.S.

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Today in History: World Premiere of #SwanLake in 1877

Today in History: World Premiere of #SwanLake in 1877

“Swan Lake” was Peter I. Tchaikovsky’s (1840-1893) first ballet composition. Apart from “Sleeping Beauty” (1890) and “The Nutcracker” (1892), it is considered today as perhaps the most important classical ballet. However, its first performance in Moscow in 1877 was met with harsh criticism by audiences and critics alike. Tchaikovsky was very disappointed by the failure of his first ballet and tried to find the cause in his music. For years, he intended to re-edit his work, but he never did. After Tchaikovsky’s death, Marius Petipa and Riccardo Driggo drastically reworked the ballet’s choreography. On February 17, 1894, the revised ballet premiered in St. Petersburg and was a huge success. Today, “Swan Lake” is considered to be Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece.

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Today in History: King Kong Premiere in 1933

Today in History: King Kong Premiere in 1933

The black and white movie marked a milestone in the history of film, especially due to Willis O’Brien’s stop-motion effects.

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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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