Today is ‘Save The Elephant’ Day

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Today is ‘Save The Elephant’ Day

They might be wildlife icons, but, sadly, elephants are in crisis. Save The Elephant Day is a chance to show our love and support for these much-loved giants and raise awareness of the threats to their future in both Africa and Asia, ranging from ivory poachers and traffickers to loss of habitat. Also known as World Elephant Day, the occasion was founded by the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation, based in Thailand, working together with Canadian film-maker Patricia Sims. The launch of this international initiative in 2012 saw the release of the documentary film ‘Return to the Forest’, narrated by Star Trek legend William Shatner. The ideal way to mark the day is to donate to a charity helping elephants or organize an event in aid of these beautiful but threatened beasts. You could also watch a wildlife film about elephants or sign a petition to raise awareness. (source: http://www.daysoftheyear.com)

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Today is (usually) National Tax Day (in the USA)

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Today is (usually) National Tax Day (in the USA)

April 15 of each year is National Tax Day. As a result of the Coronavirus, the date was moved to July 15 in 2020 and to May 17 for 2021. In the United States, Tax Day is a term for the day on which individual income tax returns are due to the federal government. Income tax was first collected in The Untied States in 1862 to fund the Civil War. It was deemed unconstitutional due to not being apportioned with conformity across the states. The United States once again enacted income tax with the 16th Amendment in 1913. At that time, the filing deadline was March 1. In 1918 the deadline was changed to March 15 and then in 1955 for the most recent change, the filing deadline was moved to April 15th. Source: nationaldaycalendar.com.

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Today in History: Oskar Schlemmer died in 1943

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Today in History: Oskar Schlemmer died in 1943

Oskar Schlemmer was a German painter, sculptor, designer and choreographer associated with the Bauhaus school. Schlemmer studied at the Stuttgart Art Academy. Between 1920 and 1929, he taught at the Bauhaus in Weimar and later at the Breslau Art School. In 1923 he was hired as Master of Form at the Bauhaus theatre workshop, after working some time at the workshop of sculpture. His perhaps most famous work is “Triadisches Ballett,” in which the actors are transfigured from the normal to geometrical shapes.

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Today in History: Euro Disneyland opens in 1992

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Today in History: Euro Disneyland opens in 1992

On this day in 1992, the happiest place on earth opened its doors on the European continent in Marne-la-Vallée, near Paris, France. Attracting some 10 million visitors each year, Disneyland Paris (as it is called today) is the most popular theme park in Europe.

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Today in History: Cigarette Tax in USA

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Today in History: Cigarette Tax in USA

In 1921, Iowa becomes the first state to impose a cigarette tax in the United States; in 1969, North Carolina was the last state to enact a cigarette excise tax.

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Today is National Golf (Lover’s) Day!

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Today is National Golf (Lover’s) Day!

Some avid golfers might suggest any and every day is Golfer’s Day. But on this day, it’s official. Golfer’s Day is an opportunity to be thankful that someone invented this addicting, yet relaxing hobby. There is, of course, only one proper way to enjoy this day. And, that’s out on the golf course.

The modern game of golf originated in 15th century Scotland. Its earliest origins, however, are unclear. The world’s oldest golf tournament is The Open Championship which was first played in October of 1860 in Ayrshire, Scotland. Golf came to the United States in the second half of the 18th century. Today, there are over 10,000 American golf clubs.

On this day in 1895, the first US Open for Golf took place. The now annual event was played at the Newport Country Club in Newport, Rhode Island, for the first time. 11 people played the 36-hole competition in a single day. Horace Rawlins, a 21-year old Englishman won the tournament and took home a trophy and $150 cash.

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Today in History: Leonetto Cappiello born in 1875

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Today in History: Leonetto Cappiello born in 1875

On this day in 1875, painter and poster artist Leonetto Cappiello was born in Livorno, Italy. Leonetto Cappiello started his career as a caricaturist before dedicating himself to poster art. Sometimes called the “father of the advertising poster,” Cappiello spent 40 active years in Paris, creating over 500 posters in his career.

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Today in History: The first modern Olympics open in Athens in 1896

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Today in History: The first modern Olympics open in Athens in 1896

On this day in 1896, 241 athletes from 14 countries took part in the first modern Olympiad in Athens, Greece. The event took place over 1500 years after the last ancient Olympic Games, which originated in Olympia in south-western Greece.

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Today in History: Herbert Bayer born in 1900

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Today in History: Herbert Bayer born in 1900

Herbert Bayer, the Austrian and American graphic designer, painter, photographer, and architect, Bayer was widely recognized as the last living member of the Bauhaus. His pioneering experiments in typography, layout and design helped set the style and tone of European and American advertising. Bayer passed away at his home in Montecito, California in 1985.

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Today in History: 1st mobile phone call in 1973

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Today in History: 1st mobile phone call in 1973

On this day in 1973, the first public mobile telephone call was placed on a Manhattan sidewalk. Motorola’s Martin Cooper called Joel Engel of Bell Labs. He later told the BBC that his first words were “Joel, I’m calling you from a ‘real’ cellular telephone. A portable handheld telephone.”

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