Today in History: Planes banned from flying over White House in 1935

Today in History: Planes banned from flying over White House in 1935

84 years ago today, President Franklin D. Roosevelt banned all airplanes from flying over the White House. His reasoning? Supposedly, the planes were disrupting president’s sleep. The ban is still in effect today, serving a greater purpose of national security.

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Today in History: Opening of the Panama Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco in 1915

Today in History: Opening of the Panama Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco in 1915

104 years ago today, the Panama-Pacific International Exposition opened its doors to the public. This 1915 “World’s Fair” celebrated the completion of the Panama Canal, the discovery of the Pacific Ocean 400 years prior, and San Francisco’s reconstruction following the great earthquake of 1906. The exposition continued through December 4, 1915 and was considered a huge economic success, helping the entire Bay Area getting back on its feet. The fair covered an area of 76 city blocks (630 acres) where hundreds of buildings featured exhibits related to industry, modernization and the arts. Among the exhibits were the first steam locomotive, purchased by Southern Pacific Railroad, and the Liberty Bell (taken by train from Philadelphia). The expo’s centerpiece was the Tower of Jewels, a structure standing 43 stories tall and covered with more than 100,000 free-swinging bits of cut glass “jewels.” Most attractions were taken down in late 1915. The Palace of Fine Arts was the only surviving building on the Expo grounds and has been completely reconstructed in the 1960s.

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Today in History: North German Lloyd founded in 1857

Today in History: North German Lloyd founded in 1857

162 years ago today, the German shipping company Norddeutscher Lloyd (NDL) (North German Lloyd) was founded by Henrich Meier and Eduard Crüsemann in Bremen. NDL became one of the most important German shipping companies of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The passenger shipping line served North- and South America, East Asia and Australia. In 1970, NDL merged with Hamburg America Line (HAPAG) to form Hapag-Lloyd AG.

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Today is Presidents Day

Today is Presidents Day

Presidents Day is a federal holiday which, in the United States, is observed on the third Monday in February. This day is set aside, by more and more of America’s population, to honor all of the past United States Presidents that have served our country. Two of our nation’s greatest Presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, are brought to mind as we celebrate this day. Their birth dates, which fall close to this same time, have been celebrated for decades with public ceremonies in Washington, D.C. and throughout the United States.

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Today in History: First Ironman in Hawaii in 1978

Today in History: First Ironman in Hawaii in 1978

41 years ago today, the first “Ironman Triathlon” was held in Kailua-Konain, The world championship has been held annually since 1978 (with an additional race in 1982) and is preceded by a series of qualifying Ironman events. The race consists of a 2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim, a 112-mile (180.25 km) bicycle ride and a marathon 26.22-mile (42.20 km) run, raced in that order and without a break. It is widely considered one of the most difficult one-day sporting events in the world. Most Ironman events have a limited time of 17 hours to complete the race. The race typically starts at 7:00 a.m.; the mandatory swim cut off for the 2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim is 9:20 a.m. (2 hours 20 minutes), the mandatory bike cut off time is 5:30 p.m. (8 hours 10 minutes), and the mandatory marathon cut off is midnight (6 hours 30 minutes). Any participant who manages to complete the triathlon in these timings is designated an Ironman. Source: wikipedia.org

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Today in History: Premiere of “Madame Butterfly”

Today in History: Premiere of “Madame Butterfly”

It was not all smooth sailing for Giacomo Puccini’s opera “Madame Butterfly” at its world premiere at La Scala in Milan, Italy in 1904. Quite the opposite, the opening was interrupted by its hostile audience’s disapproving shouts, boos and whistles. Italian newspapers commented that “the spectacle given in the auditorium seemed as well organized as that on the stage since it began precisely with the beginning of the opera.” It was only after Puccini had considerably shortened his opera that it became a huge success. To date, Madame Butterfly is a staple of the standard opera repertoire. Puccini’s sentimental music helped foster the unbroken popularity of the Japanese tragedy of the Geisha Cio-Cio-San and U.S. Naval officer Pinkerton. Madame Butterfly followed equally successful Puccini operas like “La Boheme” (1896) and “Tosca” (1900).

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Today is National Hippo Day

Today is National Hippo Day

Did you know that Hippo loosely translates to “River Horse” in ancient Greek? National Hippo Day celebrates the third largest mammal on Earth. Go ahead and waddle in a mud bath, get angry with some tourists, or just yawn a lot whilst opening your mouth really-really widely ….

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