Today in History: Alaska formally becomes part of the USA in 1867

Today in History: Alaska formally becomes part of the USA in 1867

The United States had purchased the large and sparsely populated territory of Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million, or less than two cents an acre. The purchase was not seen as a positive acquirement by many American citizens who believed that adding Alaska to the US’s territory was a waste of taxpayers’ money. Many called the act, Seward’s folly after Secretary of State William H. Seward, who was responsible for making the purchase. Alaska was admitted to the Union as a state in 1959. October 18 is annually celebrated as Alaska Day in Alaska.

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Today in History: The first Oktoberfest in 1810

Today in History: The first Oktoberfest in 1810

209 years ago today, the very first Oktoberfest took place. The festivities lasted five days and were organized around the wedding of the Bavarian Crown Prince. It was the first non-religious folk festival in Germany and had all of Munich on its feet – certainly something that has not changed in the last two centuries.

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Today in History: First Olympic Games in Asia in 1964

Today in History: First Olympic Games in Asia in 1964

55 Years ago today, the 18th modern Olympic Games opened in Tokyo. It was the first time that the Games were hosted by an Asian country. Tokyo was originally scheduled to hold the Games in 1940 but after Japan’s invasion on China, the honor was passed on to Helsinki and the event was ultimately canceled because of World War II. The 1964 Games were the first to be telecast live internationally. The “Summer Games” were scheduled for mid-October to avoid both the typhoon season (September) as well as Tokyo’s mid-summer heat and humidity. 93 nations participated, 16 of which made their first Olympic appearance.

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Today in History: Hoover Dam goes online in 1936

Today in History: Hoover Dam goes online in 1936

83 years ago today, the Hoover Dam went fully online and began generating electricity. Construction began in 1930 and lasted almost 6 years. A total of 21,000 men were needed to build the world’s largest dam of its time. The $49 million project is also one of the largest manmade structures in the world.

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Today in History: Air France formed in 1933

Today in History: Air France formed in 1933

The French airline was formed 86 years ago today and this is always a great reason to show another example of Air France’s wonderful poster art, incl. this beautiful work from 1947.

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Today in History: Yosemite Park established in 1890

Today in History: Yosemite Park established in 1890

129 years ago today, Yosemite National Park was established as a national park. The 1,500 square miles of park territory is home to such natural wonders as Yosemite Falls; rock formations Half Dome and El Capitan, the largest granite monolith in the United States; and the giant sequoia trees. In 1889, John Muir and his fellow environmentalists started campaigning for congressional action to protect the large wilderness area surrounding Yosemite Valley and on October 1, 1890, President Benjamin Harrison signed the legislation that created the third national park in the United States.

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Today in History: First Flight around the World in 1924

Today in History: First Flight around the World in 1924

95 years ago today, the first flight around the world was completed by the Americans Lowell H. Smith and Erik H. Nelson: after 176 days (starting on April 6) they had covered some 25,180 miles (42,398 km) in 57 stages and landed where they initially took off, in Seattle, Washington. Before the two Americans, five other nations had attempted the circumnavigation of the globe but none of them completed their journeys. Originally, 4 American airplanes departed Seattle but only two of them completed the entire trip. In preparation for flight, The U.S. Navy helped deliver spare engines and thousands of gallons of fuel to various places around the world. The crews arrived back in the United States in early September and then made several stops in larger cities before returning to Seattle.

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