Today in History: El Lissitzky born in 1890

Today in History: El Lissitzky born in 1890

Lazar Markovich Lissitzky, better known as El Lissitzky, was a Russian avant-garde designer, photographer, and architect. His work greatly influenced the Bauhaus and constructivist movements.

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Today in History: Coca-Cola bottle patented in 1915

Today in History: Coca-Cola bottle patented in 1915

104 years ago today, one of the most famous shapes in the world was patented by the Root Glass Company from Terre Haute, Indiana: the Coca-Cola bottle. While its form has evolved over the years, its shape is almost universally recognized today. The famous bottle has been incorporated in artworks by such renowned artists as Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, and Salvador Dali. Click here for the story behind the bottle, or, here, for a visual timeline.

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Today in History: Emil Cardinaux born in 1877

Today in History: Emil Cardinaux born in 1877

142 years ago today, Swiss poster designer and landscape artist, Emil Cardinaux, was born in Bern. Besides Burkhard Mangold, Cardinaux was probably the first Swiss artist who dedicated himself whole-heartedly to the medium of the poster, recognizing the true value and qualities of the art form. He became famous with his 1908 Zermatt poster of the Matterhorn, arguably one of the most influential Swiss tourism posters of all time. Cardinaux produced more than 130 posters, including many commercial advertising images.

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Today in History: Donald Brun born in 1909

Today in History: Donald Brun born in 1909

Happy Birthday, Donald Brun! The Swiss graphic designer would have turned 110 today. Brun was born in Basel in 1909. During his apprenticeship as a graphic illustrator in the late 1920s, Brun celebrated his first successes as a poster artist when he won a Basel poster competition for “baths” in 1928. Between the 1930s and 1970s, Brun created hundreds of poster designs, mainly for consumer goods. Among his clients were such renowned companies as Bata, Bell, Gauloise, Persil or Swissair. His posters are marked by a subtle sense of humor and solid craftsmanship. In 1952, Brun became co-founder of the Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI). He passed away in Clarens in 1999.

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Today is National Cat Day

Today is National Cat Day

National Cat Day was initiated by Pet Lifestyle Expert and Animal Welfare Advocate, Colleen Paige, in 2005 to make the public recognize the enormous number of cats that need rescuing. They were first domesticated in the Middle East’s Fertile Crescent as early as 12,000 years ago. When humans relied on hunting as their main source of food, dogs were most useful – but when the first agricultural societies emerged, cats became invaluable. Domesticated cats became responsible for keeping grain stores free of mice and other rodents. Today, cats can be found in 34% of American households, making them the most popular house pet in the United States.

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Today in History: Roy Lichtenstein is born in 1923

Today in History: Roy Lichtenstein is born in 1923

96 years ago today, the American artist, Roy Lichtenstein, was born in New York City. The masterful painter rose to fame in the 1960s when he became one of the leading figures of the new Pop Art movement. His bright parodies of comic strips and advertisements carried him into the art world spotlight. Lichtenstein died in New York City on September 29, 1997.

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Today in History: The Magic Flute premieres in 1791

Today in History: The Magic Flute premieres in 1791

228 years ago today, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s famous opera Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) premiered at the Freihaustheater in Vienna, only two months before the composer’s premature death.

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