Today is Zipper Day

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Today is Zipper Day

From handbags and jackets to trousers and boots, it really is impossible to imagine life without zippers. They are so widespread it is easy to take them for granted. This is where Zipper Day comes along to remind us of the origin and history of this truly omnipresent invention. The exact birthday of the zipper is debated, but Zipper Day is traditionally celebrated on April 29. On that date in 1913, Swedish-American scientist and inventor Gideon Sundback received a patent for a curious contraption he called “hook-less fastener”. Although similar inventions had been around since the 1850s, his version is widely accepted as the first modern zipper. The continuous fastening line found numerous applications and grew in popularity, also thanks to the US Army who stepped in as an early adopter. Functional, fashionable, infinitely adjustable – these qualities of Sundback’s design have helped popularize the invention and practically make every day Zipper Day. (source http://www.daysoftheyear.com).

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Today in History: Beethoven composes “Für Elise” in 1810

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Today in History: Beethoven composes “Für Elise” in 1810

“Bagatelle No. 25” (commonly known as “Für Elise”, German for For Elise) for solo piano is one of the Ludwig van Beethoven’s most popular works and one of the most recognized melodies in the history of music. The song was written for a lady called Therese (nicknamed Elise) that Beethoven wanted to marry in 1810.

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Today in History: Ukraine Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster in 1986

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Today in History: Ukraine Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster in 1986

On this day in 1986, an explosion and fire at the No. 4 reactor of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine resulted in a nuclear meltdown sending radioactivity into the atmosphere. The radiation fallout spread throughout Europe. Within 48 hours, monitoring stations in Sweden, Finland and Norway began reporting sudden high discharges of radioactivity in the atmosphere. After two days, the Soviet Union, via the official news agency, Tass, admitted there has been an accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine. The Chernobyl disaster is considered the largest nuclear accident in history.

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Today in History: Herbert Matter born in 1907

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Today in History: Herbert Matter born in 1907

On this day in 1907, The Swiss-born American photographer and graphic designer, Herbert Matter, was born. Matter studied art in Geneva and Paris and worked in France as a designer and photographer for Deberny and Peignot. In 1932 he returned to Switzerland where he created a remarkable series of photomontage posters for the national tourism office in Zurich, among them his famous poster compositions for Pontresina and “automobile travel” in Switzerland (published in 4 languages, the English version having perhaps the most fitting title). In 1936, Matter settled in New York where he took photographs for Vogue and Harper’s and later worked for the Museum of Modern Art.‪

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Today in History: The Library of Congress opens in 1800

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Today in History: The Library of Congress opens in 1800

On this day in 1800, the Library of Congress (the research library of the United States Congress ) was established when then President John Adams signed an Act of Congress providing for the transfer of the seat of government from Philadelphia to the new capital city of Washington.

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Today is World Book Day

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Today is World Book Day

Today is World Book Day! The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) created this special day to celebrate books, authors, publishers, and illustrators. World Book Day promotes reading to children and people in under privileged areas. It was first celebrated in 1995, and is celebrated worldwide. This day is celebrated on the 23rd of April because on that date in 1616, a few major authors died (including Shakespeare). World Book Day honors their work, and supports every other author, publisher and book out there. This day shows the significance of books for both learning and pleasure. Source: https://www.punchbowl.com

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Today is Earth Day

Today is Earth Day

Celebrate and protect our natural environment by taking part in Earth Day. Earth Day began in 1970 and has since grown into a global event recognized by over 192 countries. Show your love for the planet we call home. Maybe plant a tree, prepare a meal with locally-grown vegetables, educate a friend or family member, or help clean up trash in your neighborhood— the possibilities are endless.

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Today in History: Rome founded 753 B.C.

Today in History: Rome founded 753 B.C.

The beginnings of the history of Rome are obscure. Humans have lived in the area known as Rome for at least the last 6,000 years. According to legend, on April 21, 753 B.C., twin brothers Romulus and Remus found Rome on the site where they were suckled by a she-wolf as orphaned infants. It is said that Romulus killed his twin brother, Remus, and named the city after himself. However, this myth supposedly originated sometime during the fourth century and it is thus not really clear where the name Rome originally comes from. Was it really 21 April 753 BC?

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Today in History: Seville World’s Fair opens in 1992

Today in History: Seville World’s Fair opens in 1992

The Universal Exposition of Seville (Expo ’92) took place from April 20 to October 12, 1992, on Cartuja Island in Seville, Spain. The theme for the Expo was “The Age of Discovery” and over 100 countries were represented. Almost 42 million people visited the fair. Expo’92 Seville was widely known for its massive site, held at the Isla de la Cartuja, reputed site of reference for Columbus for his voyage to the New World, and required at least several days to visit most of the Pavilions. It was also known for its numerous spectacular gates and bridges, and the diversity of transport within the Expo site from bus to ferry boat, to cable car and monorail. It also gave an impressive architectural tour of the world, with many countries vying for the position of the most inventive or creative Pavilion structure – outstanding amongst these was the Pavilion of Japan – the world’s largest wooden structure, the Pavilion of Morocco, a re-creation of a Moroccan Palace-Mansion, and the modernistic cube and sphere of the flagship Spanish Pavilion, to name a few.

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Today in History: The American Revolutionary War begins in 1775

Today in History: The American Revolutionary War begins in 1775

On this day in 1775, the Battles of Lexington and Concord marked the beginning of the armed conflict between the Kingdom of Great Britain and 13 colonies of British North America. The war resulted in U.S. independence.

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