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 is National Zoo Lovers Day

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Today is National Zoo Lovers Day

Each year on April 8, National Zoo Lovers Day is observed. This would be a perfect day to visit a zoo and be one of the millions of people who visit them each year. Enjoy seeing your favorite animals swinging from the trees or splashing in the water and have a fun-filled day. A few zoo facts:

The Vienna Zoo is the oldest existing zoo and was opened to the public in 1765. The United State’s first public zoo, Central Park Zoo, opened in 1874 in New York. Approximately 175 million people visit a zoo each year. Source: https://nationaldaycalendar.com

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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: Dong Kingman born in 1911

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Today in History: Dong Kingman born in 1911

On this day in 1911, Chinese-American artist Dong Kingman was born in Oakland, California. Kingman was a leading watercolor painter of the California Style School. He was known for his urban and landscape paintings and his graphic design work for the Hollywood film industry. Kingman produced several posters for American Airlines during the late 1960s / early 1970s. His works are included in over 50 public and private collections worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Brooklyn Museum, San Francisco’s deYoung Museum and the Art Institute in Chicago. Kingman died of cancer on May 11, 2000, in his New York City home. Source wikipedia.com

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Today in History: The Eiffel Tower was completed in 1889

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Today in History: The Eiffel Tower was completed in 1889

Happy Birthday, La Tour Eiffel, global icon of Paris. On this day in 1889, the construction of the 324 m (1024 feet) Eiffel Tower was completed.

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Today is the first day of spring !

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Today is the first day of spring!

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Today in History: Apartheid in South Africa comes to an end in 1992

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Today in History: Apartheid in South Africa comes to an end in 1992
On this day in 1992, a referendum officially abolishes racial segregation in South Africa. 68.7% of white South Africans voted in favor of ending apartheid, supporting President de Klerk’s reform policies that had started with the liberation of Mandela in 1990.

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Today in History: Graf Zeppelin died in 1917

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Today in History: Graf Zeppelin died
On this day in 1917, Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin died. A German pioneer of airships, former general and later aircraft manufacturer, Zeppelin provided both the brains and most of the investment money for the first successful rigid airship, the Zepplin LZ1. In July of 1900, Zeppelin made the first flight with the LZ1 in southern Germany. The dirigible remained in the air for 20 minutes before landing. On March 8, 1917, the great aviation pioneer died in Berlin.

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Today in History: Yellowstone Park established in 1872

Today in History: Yellowstone Park established
On this day in 1872, President Grant signed the bill creating the nation’s first national park at Yellowstone.

Native Americans had lived and hunted in the region that would become Yellowstone for hundreds of years before the first Anglo explorers arrived. John Colter, a famous mountain man, was the first Anglo to travel through the area in the early 1800s. In 1869, the Folsom-Cook expedition made the first formal exploration. In 1871, geologist Ferdinand Hayden led a government-sponsored exploration and brought along William Jackson, a pioneering photographer, and Thomas Moran, a brilliant landscape artist, to make a visual record of the expedition. Their images provided the first visual proof of Yellowstone’s wonders and caught the attention of the U.S. Congress. Early in 1872, Congress moved to set aside 1,221,773 acres of public land straddling the future states of Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho as America’s first national park. President Grant signed the bill into law on this day in 1872. The Yellowstone Act of 1872 designated the region as a public “pleasuring-ground,” which would be preserved “from injury or spoliation, of all timber, mineral deposits, natural curiosities, or wonders within.” Source: history.com

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Today in History: Rio de Janeiro founded in 1565

Today in History: Rio de Janeiro founded
On this day in 1565, the city of Sao Sebastiao do Rio de Janeiro (River of January) was founded on the flat sandy beaches between Sugar Loaf and Morro Cara de Cao. The name of the city of Rio de Janeiro was based on a misunderstanding: in January 1502, Portuguese explorer Goncalo Coelho landed in the Guanabara Bay and thought its waters would be a large river. The town was originally settled by French Huguenots. The economic wealth of the city developed after gold and diamond discoveries between 1690 and 1720. Due to its port location, Rio de Janeiro established a flourishing trade with Portugal, thereby laying the foundation for the present size of the city that has a population of over 6 million people.

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