Today in History: Burkhard Mangold born in 1873

Today in History: Burkhard Mangold born in 1873

The Swiss artist was born 147 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 period 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: Ferdinand Porsche was born in in 1875

Today in History: Ferdinand Porsche was born in in 1875

144 years ago today, the Austrian-German automotive engineer and founder of the Porsche car company was born in Maffersdorf in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Porsche originally introduced the concept for the German Volkswagen with the intent to create a small, easy to build and affordable family car. The first Porsche model sold was the “365,” introduced in 1948.

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Today in History: First World Cup in 1930

Today in History: First World Cup in 1930
90 years ago today, the first-ever World Cup football matches were played simultaneously in host city Montevideo, Uruguay. France defeated Mexico 4-1 while the United States defeated Belgium 3-0. 13 teams participated “by invitation” in this first World Cup. For the Europeans, the trip to Uruguay was especially costly. In the end, only 4 European teams were persuaded to make the trip. They joined 7 South and 2 North American teams. Uruguay defeated Argentina 4-2 in the final and became the first nation to win the World Cup. Total attendance was 590,000. The World Cup has since become the world’s most watched sporting event.

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Today in History: First Wimbledon Tennis Tournament

Today in History: First Wimbledon Tennis Tournament
On this day in 1877, the world’s first official lawn tennis tournament was held at the All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club at Wimbledon, a district of London. Twenty-two players participated in the Gentlemen’s Singles competition, the only event at the first Wimbledon. In front of a crowd of some 200 people, Spencer Gore became the first champion by defeating William Marshall in three straight sets that lasted only 48 minutes. Gore took home a silver cup (worth 25 guineas) and 12 guineas in prize money.

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Today in History: First UEFA European Nations Cup (now UEFA Euro) hosted in 1960

Today in History: First UEFA European Nations Cup (now UEFA Euro) hosted in 1960

The first European soccer championship opened in France in 1960. The event is held every four years in the even-numbered year between the World Cup tournaments. In 1960, 4 teams competed in the finals out of 17 that had initially entered the competition. The Soviet Union won the first competition beating Yugoslavia 2-1 in a tense game in Paris. Over the years, the event has become the second most-watched soccer tournament in the world (after the World Cup).

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Today in History: Max Schmeling beats Joe Lewis in 1936

Today in History: Max Schmeling beats Joe Lewis

Surprise? Sensation? On this day in 1936, famed former world champion Max Schmeling beat the previously undefeated American heavyweight Joe Louis by a knockout in round twelve at sold-out Yankee Stadium in New York. Schmeling became the new world heavyweight champion but would lose the title again to Louis only two years later in the one and only rematch.

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History: Africa hosts the World Cup in 2010

History: Africa hosts the World Cup in 2010

The 19th FIFA World Cup – the first ever on the African continent – opened in Johannesburg, South Africa. In the final, Spain defeated the Netherlands 1-0 in overtime.

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Today is National Running Day

Today is National Running Day

Each year on the first Wednesday in June, people across the United States participate in National Running Day. This day was designated as a day for runners to reaffirm their passion for running.

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Today in History: World’s 1st Bicycle Race

Today in History: World’s 1st Bicycle Race
152 years ago today, the world’s first bicycle race was held in France. It was a 1,200 meter race at the Parc de Saint-Cloud, Paris. It was won by expatriate Englishman James Moore who rode a wooden bicycle with iron tires.

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Today in History: Kentucky Derby

Today in History: Kentucky Derby

145 years ago today, on May 17, 1875, a cheering crowd of 10,000 people watched the horse, Aristides, a Thoroughbred named after an ancient Greek general, and his rider, Oliver Lewis, cross the finish line to win the first ever Kentucky Derby. The first derby was a 1.5 mile race (the traditional 1.25 mile distance was not established until 1896). Thirteen of the fifteen jockeys in the race, including Oliver Lewis, were African-American.

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