Today in History: Burkhard Mangold born in 1873

Today in History: Burkhard Mangold born in 1873

The Swiss artist was born 144 years ago today in Basel, Switzerland. Mangold worked as a designer, glass painter and poster artist. He initially studied and worked as a painter in Basel (1890-1893) before traveling to Paris (1894) and moving to Munich (1894-1900) where his work became influenced by the contemporary German art nouveau poster style. After returning to Basel (1900), Mangold won a poster competition for a Swiss singing festival in 1905.Most of the artist’s poster works stem from the periosd between 1900 and 1917. Burkhard Mangold is considered to be a leading contributor to the development of graphic arts and the Swiss poster around the turn of the century. He died in Basel in 1950.

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Today in History: California 31st state of the United States in 1850

Today in History: California 31st state of the United States in 1850

California had been only part of the United States territory for two years (following the Mexican-American War) when it was admitted to the Union as the 31st state of the United States on September 9, 1850. The second largest state at the time (until the admission of Alaska), California is currently the most populous U.S. state. Blessed with beautiful beaches, mountains, and stunning scenery, it is home to Yosemite National Park, the world class city of San Francisco and tourist sensations ranging from the Golden Gate to Disneyland.

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Today in History: Hoover Dam construction began in 1930

Today in History: Hoover Dam construction began in 1930

87 years ago today, construction of the Hoover Dam began. Between 1930 and 1935, a total of 21,000 men built the world’s largest dam of its time. The $49 million project was also one of the largest manmade structures in the world. Hoover Dam was dedicated on September 30, 1935 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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Today in History: The Bikini

Today in History: The Bikini
Two small pieces of fabric caused major turmoil at the beaches at the end of the 1940s. French fashion designer Louis Reard gave them a name: bikini. The first bikini was presented on July 5, 1946 at a Paris fashion show. The rest is history.

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Daylight Savings Time begins at 2 am on March 12, 2017

Daylight Savings Time begins at 2 am on March 12, 2017

As we start Daylight Savings Time 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: NYC subway opens in 1904

New York Subway, Teubner, 1968

112 years ago today, New York City Mayor George McClellan inaugurates the city’s new rapid transit system, the subway. The original line ran approximately nine miles through 28 stations from City Hall north to Grand Central Station, then west to Times Square and up the West Side to 145th Street. The general public was invited to travel the new train at 7 pm on that day when more than 100,000 people paid a nickel to take their first rider under Manhattan. The New York City subway soon became America’s largest underground train network. Today, it has 26 lines, more than 450 stations in operation and some 4 ½ million daily passengers.

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Today in History: 70 Years of Cannes Film Festival

Today in History: 70 Years of Cannes Film Festival

70 years ago today, the Festival International du Film took place in Cannes in southern France for the first time. The event was originally planned for 1939, but the outbreak of the Second World War prevented it from taking place. Within ten years, Cannes established itself as a leading European Film Festival, although it was canceled in 1948 and 1950 due to financial difficulties. The event was initially criticized for having a biased jury since its members were all French. The panel has since been internationalized and today the festival is popular with producers, directors and actors around the globe. Cannes has become a center of European film and its “Palme d’Or” is not only considered a proof of quality but has become an important competitor to the American Oscar.

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