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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Today in History: Hawaii joined the United States in 1959

Today in History: Hawaii joined the United States in 1959

57 years ago today, Hawaii became the 50th state of the United States of America

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Today in History: International Electricity Exhibition of 1881

Today in History: International Electricity Exhibition of 1881

135 years ago today, the first International Exposition of Electricity opened in Paris. More than 1700 exhibitors from 15 countries presented their latest and greatest developments in electrical technology in the 3-month event. The fair provided an important impulse in the electrification of Europe. The public was able to admire inventions such as the dynamo by Zenobe Gramm, the Theatrophone by Clement Ader, the telephone by Alexander Graham Bell or an electric car by Gustave Trouvé. Highlight of the exhibition was Thomas Edison’s incandescent light bulb: at the opening, some 1000 “Edison lights” turned night into day.

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