Today in History: The Greyhound Bus Company

Today in History: The Greyhound Bus Company
102 years ago today, the Greyhound Bus Company began its operations in Hibbing, Minnesota. Its Swedish founder, Carl Eric Wickman, had moved to the United States in 1905. After being laid off from work in the mines, Wickman unsuccessfully tried his luck as a Hupmobile salesman. In 1914, as a last resort, Wickman used his remaining 7-passenger car as a shuttle for miners. He took them from Hibbing to Alice (known for its saloons) and charged 15 cents per ride. A year later, Wickman joined forces with Ralph Bogan, who was running a transit service from Hibbing to Duluth, Minnesota. The Greyhound Bus Company was born (it was named Mesaba Transportation Company at the time). The buses were dubbed “greyhounds” because of their gray paint and sleek appearance. By the end of 1918, Wickman owned 18 buses earning $40,000 a year. By 1927, buses traveled across the entire USA. The running dog was first used as the company’s logo in 1929. By then, the company was called Greyhound Lines.

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Today in History: Hindenburg Zeppelin Disaster in 1937

Today in History: Hindenburg Zeppelin Disaster in 1937

80 years ago today, the Hindenburg zeppelin passenger airship went up in flames when attempting to land at Lakehurst, New Jersey. The footage of the colossal fireball engulfing the German airship marked the abrupt end of the zeppelin era. 36 people – 13 passengers, 22 crewmen and one ground worker – lost their lives in the crash.

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Today in History: First World’s Fair opens in London

Today in History: First World’s Fair opens in London

On May 1, 1851, Great Britain’s Prince Albert opened the first World’s Fair – then referred to as the Great Exhibition – in Hyde Park, London. The idea for an international fair was advanced by Sir Henry Cole who was so impressed by his visit to the French National Exhibition of 1849 that he wanted to raise the idea to a large scale fair with global participation. Industrial fairs in France had been a strong French national tradition since 1798 and gave an important impulse to the industrial progress. At the center of the 1851 Expo was a giant glass-and-iron hall designed by Sir Joseph Paxton, the Crystal Palace. Inside, more than 10,000 exhibitors set up 12 kilometers / eight miles of tables presenting goods from around the world, incl. the latest kitchen appliances, silks and machinery. Originally constructed to be a temporary structure, the Chrystal Palace was dismantled in 1854 and then resurrected in an area of South London. The Palace survived until 1936 when it was destroyed in a fire. The London Fair welcomed 6 million visitors between May and October and was a huge success.

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Today in History: 1939 New York World’s Fair

Today in History: 1939 New York World’s Fair
On April 30, 1939, the New York World’s Fair opened its doors to the public. Using the motto “Building a World for Tomorrow,” the opening ceremony featured a speech by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and was broadcast live on television, an event that would have significant consequences. While only few people owned a television at the time, it instantly became clear that the TV would become the biggest new mass medium. The Expo Fairground in Flushing Meadow Park in Queens showed two new imposing landmarks: the Trylon and the Perisphere. With 63 participating nations, the fair and its architecture were modern and futuristic. New technologies and consumer goods such as the FM radio, fluorescent lighting, and nylon stockings were among the Fair’s success stories.

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Today in History: Herbert Matter born in 1907

Today in History: Herbert Matter born in 1907

Happy Birthday, Herbert Matter ! The Swiss-born American photographer and graphic designer would have turned 119 today. Matter studied art in Geneva and Paris and worked in France as a designer and photographer for Deberny and Peignot. In 1932 he returned to Switzerland where he created a remarkable series of photomontage posters for the national tourism office in Zurich, among them his famous poster compositions for Pontresina and “automobile travel” in Switzerland (published in 4 languages, the English version having perhaps the most fitting title). In 1936, Matter settled in New York where he took photographs for Vogue and Harper’s and later worked for the Museum of Modern Art.

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Today is Earth Day

Today is Earth Day

Celebrate and protect our natural environment by taking part in Earth Day. Earth Day began in 1970 and has since grown into a global event recognized by over 192 countries. Show your love for the planet we call home. Maybe plant a tree, prepare a meal with locally-grown vegetables, educate a friend or family member, or help clean up trash in your neighborhood— the possibilities are endless.

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Today in History: Rome founded 753 B.C.

Today in History: Rome founded 753 B.C.

The beginnings of the history of Rome are obscure. Humans have lived in the area known as Rome for at least the last 6,000 years. According to legend, on April 21, 753 B.C., twin brothers Romulus and Remus found Rome on the site where they were suckled by a she-wolf as orphaned infants. It is said that Romulus killed his twin brother, Remus, and named the city after himself. However, this myth supposedly originated sometime during the fourth century and it is thus not really clear where the name Rome originally comes from. Was it really 21 April 753 BC?

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