Today in History: Heat Record in 1913

Today in History: Heat Record in 1913

On this day in 1913, Death Valley (USA) experiences the highest temperature ever recorded on Earth. Measurements showed that the temperature had reached a whopping 134°F or 56.7°C!

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Today in History: Wall Street Journal published for the first time in 1889

Today in History: Wall Street Journal published for the first time in 1889

On this day, three financial reporters named Charles Dow, Edward Jones, and Charles Bergstresser created The Wall Street Journal to supersede a previous periodical called the Customers’ Afternoon Letter.

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Today in History: The Bikini

Today in History: The Bikini
Two small pieces of fabric caused major turmoil at the beaches at the end of the 1940s. French fashion designer Louis Reard gave them a name: bikini. The first bikini was presented on July 5, 1946 at a Paris fashion show. The rest is history.

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Today in History: Cunard founded in 1840

Today in History: Cunard founded in 1840

Samuel Cunard founded the first transatlantic boat service, a company called the British and North American Royal Mail Steam Packet Company, which quickly became known as the Cunard Line. Samuel Cunard himself took part in the maiden voyage on the Britannia, leaving Liverpool on July 4th and arriving in Halifax, Canada, 12 days later. The vessel hosted 115 passengers and included a ladies-only saloon. The fare of 34 guineas covered provisions and wine.

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Today is National Sunglasses Day !

Today is National Sunglasses Day !

National Sunglasses Day is becoming more and more popular, especially as organizations like The Vision Council try to inform people about the dangers of UV exposure and why wearing sunglasses should be more than to just make a fashion statement. Time to put on those shades ….

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Today in History: Paul Colin born in 1892

Today in History: Paul Colin born in 1892

On this day in 1892, Paul Colin, prolific designer of art deco posters and stage sets was born in Nancy, France. Colin is considered to be among the masters of the modern French poster and may have created some 2000+ poster designs in his long career. He was the founder of the Paul Colin School of Design in Paris and continued working well into the 1970s. Colin passed away in 1985.

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Today is World Giraffe Day

Today is World Giraffe Day

World Giraffe Day is an annual celebration of the longest-necked animal on the longest day or night (depending on which hemisphere you live) of the year – June 21 – every year!

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Today in History: The German Parliament moves to Berlin in 1991

Today in History: The German Parliament moves to Berlin in 1991

Bonn had been the capital of West Germany until the country’s reunification in 1990. The “Hauptstadtbeschluss” (capital decision) stipulated that the seat of government and the parliament also be moved to the “new” capital Berlin.

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Welcome, Summer! Today is the First Day of Summer !

Welcome, Summer!
Today is the First Day of Summer !

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Today in History: The Statue of Liberty arrives in New York in 1885

Today in History: The Statue of Liberty arrives in New York

On this day in 1885, the dismantled Statue of Liberty arrived in New York Harbor after being shipped across the Atlantic Ocean from France in 350 individual pieces packed in more than 200 cases. The statue was a gift of friendship to the United States from the people of France. The copper and iron statue was designed by French sculptor Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi who named it “Liberty Enlightening the World.” It was dedicated by U.S. President Grover Cleveland on October 28, 1886. At 305 feet from its pedestal to the top of its torch, the Statue was taller than any New York City structure at the time. Today, the Statue of Liberty is one of America’s most famous landmarks and known around the world as a symbol of freedom and democracy.

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