Today in History: Mona Lisa shown at Castle Clos Lucé in 1517

Today in History: Mona Lisa shown at Castle Clos Lucé in 1517

501 years ago today, Leonardo da Vinci allegedly presented his Mona Lisa to King Francis I of France. Da Vinci was invited to work at King’s castle in 1516 and it is believed that he took the Mona Lisa (and several other works) with him where he continued to make refinements to his masterpiece before presenting it to the King. The Mona Lisa was acquired by King Francis at the time and is now property of the French Republic. It is likely the most visited, most written and talked about, and possibly even the most valuable painting in the world. It has been on permanent display at the Louvre in Paris since 1797.

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Today in History: First Olympic Games in Asia in 1964

Today in History: First Olympic Games in Asia in 1964

54 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: Graf Zeppelin heads for the USA in 1928

Today in History: Graf Zeppelin heads for the USA in 1928

90 years ago today, the legendary airship LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin launched its first intercontinental flight to the United States. The airship traversed 6,168 miles (9,926 km) during its 111 hour journey. It flew over New York at 4 pm on October 15 before it landed at the Lakehurst Naval Station. It stayed in the U.S. for two weeks and arrived safely back in Germany on November 1. The poster below is a 1930s travel poster for the Graf Zeppelin designed by Ottomar Anton.

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Today in History: Hoover Dam goes online in 1936

Today in History: Hoover Dam goes online in 1936

82 years ago today, the Hoover Dam went fully online and began generating electricity. Construction began in 1930 and leasted 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: John Lennon born in 1940

Today in History: John Lennon born in 1940

78 years ago today, the musician, songwriter and front man of the Beatles was born in Liverpool, England. John Lennon met Paul McCartney in 1957 when he invited him to join his music group. They eventually formed the most successful songwriting partnership in musical history. Lennon left the Beatles in 1969 and later produced albums with his wife, Yoko Ono, among others. After a 5 year break from music, Lennon returned to the recording studio in 1980. Tragically, only a few weeks after the release of his new album Double Fantasy, Lennon was shot and killed on December 8, 1980, by a deranged fan in front of his apartment complex in New York City.

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Today is Columbus Day

Today is Columbus Day

In 1492, Christopher Columbus set sail on a voyage to find a shorter trade route to Asia. He traveled west and accidentally landed in the Americas, spawning the era of European exploration in the New World. The first celebration of his discovery did not take place until October 12, 1792—exactly 300 years after his landing. In 1937, President Franklin Roosevelt proclaimed Columbus Day a national holiday, observed each year on the second Monday of October. Happy Columbus Day!

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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 85 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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