Today in History: Lincoln is shot in 1865

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Today in History: Lincoln is shot in 1865

On this day in 1865 U.S. President Abraham Lincoln is shot. The assassin, John Wilkes Booth, wanted to revive the Confederate cause, mere days after their surrender to the Union Army, bringing the American Civil War to an end. Lincoln died the next day.

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Today in History: Joseph Christian Leyendecker was born today in 1874

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Today in History: Joseph Christian Leyendecker was born today in 1874

On this day in 1874, Joseph Christian Leyendecker was born in Montabaur, Germany. He immigrated with his family to Chicago, Illinois, at the age of 8. Showing an early interest in painting, he got his first job at the age of 16 in a Chicago engraving house on the strength of some large pictures he had painted on kitchen oilcloth. In the evenings after work, he studied drawing and anatomy under John H. Vanderpoel at the Chicago Art Institute. Years later, he and his brother Frank Xavier enrolled in the Academie Julian in Paris.

Upon their return, the brothers moved to New York, where Leyendecker had no difficulty in obtaining top commissions for advertising illustrations and cover designs for leading publications. He found a niche in fashion and merchandise advertising in the 1920s. Cluett Peabody & Company famously hired him to develop a series of images of the Arrow brand of shirt collars. Leyendecker’s images came to define the fashionable American man of the early 20th century.

At the apex of his career, Leyendecker was considered one of the pre-eminent commercial American artists. It is said that his technical skill was beyond reproach, he worked amazingly fast, and that his draftsmanship was perfect. Norman Rockwell at one time considered Leyendecker his primary mentor, as he heavily influenced Rockwell’s early style and was a true master illustrator of the 20th century.

By the end of his career, Leyendecker was a noted American illustrator and graphic designer who, between 1896 and 1950, had painted more than 400 magazine covers, most of them of an idealized America. He painted his first Post cover in 1899 and executed 321 more during the next 40 years.

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History: The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster strikes Japan

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History: The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster strikes Japan
On this day in 2011, a nuclear meltdown occurred following a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami. It was the worst nuclear accident since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.

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History: Russian Bolshevik Party becomes the Communist Party

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History: Russian Bolshevik Party becomes the Communist Party
On March 9, 1918, the ascendant Bolshevik Party formally changes its name to the All-Russian Communist Party. It was neither the first nor the last time the party would alter its name to reflect a slight change in allegiance or direction; however, it was the birth of the Communist Party as it is remembered to history. With this change, the cadre that had brought down both Czar Nicolas II and the Provisional Government that followed his abdication announced itself to the world as a communist government, and it would unilaterally rule the emerging Union of Soviet Socialists Republics until 1991. Source; history.com.

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Today in History: Joseph Binder born in 1898

Joseph Binder, 1941

Today in History: Joseph Binder born in 1898
Joseph Binder was an Austrian-born designer whose influence permeated Europe and the United States. He applied reductive compositional principles derived from Cubism and De Stijl to his posters, including the one he designed for the New York World’s Fair in 1939. He emigrated to the United States. in 1934 and won many poster competitions, organized by the Museum of Modern Art, for such agencies as the National Defense, the United Nations, and the American Red Cross. He also designed covers for Fortune and Graphis magazine. In 1948 Binder became art director for the U.S. Navy Department. In the 1960s, Binder turned away from commercial graphic work and renewed his explorations in graphic works of art in the abstract style. His non-objective art was shown in international exhibitions such as in the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Museum of Applied Art (MAK) in Vienna. Source: aiga.org

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Today in History: Last Edition of the Saturday Evening Post in 1969

Today in History: Last Edition of the Saturday Evening Post in 1969
The Saturday Evening Post is an American magazine was a weekly publication from 1897 until 1963, then every two weeks until 1969. From the 1920s to the 1960s, it was one of the most widely circulated and influential magazines within the American middle class, with fiction, non-fiction, cartoons and features that reached millions of homes every week. The magazine declined in readership through the 1960s, and in 1969 The Saturday Evening Post folded for two years before being revived as a quarterly publication with an emphasis on medical articles in 1971.

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Today in History: German Green Party formed in 1980

Today in History: German Green Party formed in 1980

In the 1970s, environmentalists and peace activists politically organized amongst thousands of action groups. The political party The Greens (German: Die Grünen) was founded on January 12/13, 1980 in Karlsruhe to give this movement political and parliamentary representation. Opposition to pollution, use of nuclear power, NATO military action, and certain aspects of industrialized society were principal campaign issues.

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Today in History: Howard Chandler Christy born in 1873

Today in History: Howard Chandler Christy born in 1873

On this day in 1873, the American artist and illustrator Howard Chandler Christy was born in Morgan County, Ohio. Christy studied art in New York at the Art Students League and later at the National Academy of Design under William Chase. Christy went to Cuba in 1898 to cover the Spanish-American War where he quickly gained a reputation as a wartime artist. His breakthrough came with the publication of “The Soldier’s Dream” in Scribner’s magazine. The girl he portrayed became known as “The Christy Girl” and was later featured in many other magazines as well as his famous World War I recruitment posters. After the war, Christy continued to paint, focusing on portraits and later on landscapes. The artist is perhaps best known for his 1940 historic painting “Signing the Constitution” that is displayed in the U.S. Capital. Christy died in New York in 1952.

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History: Soviet Union established in 1922

History: Soviet Union established in 1922

On this day in 1922, Vladimir Lenin, the Russian revolutionary, proclaims the establishment of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) where Russia, Ukraine, Transcaucasia, and Belarus joined forces. The formal proclamation was made from the stage of the Bolshoi Theatre at the first All-Union Congress in Moscow. The Soviet Union thus began its way to become the second world power. At the end of 1991, it dissolved into individual republics again.

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