Today in History: Henri Cassiers born in 1858

Today in History: Henri Cassiers born in 1858

160 years ago today, the Flemish painter and illustrator, Henri Cassiers (1858-1944), was born. Cassier was a trained architect but is best known for his maritime poster art. He worked as an illustrator for numerous popular European magazines in the 1880s and 1890s before he was commissioned to design posters, menus and other promotional materials for the Red Star Line in 1898.

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Today in History: First Davis Cup Final in 1900

Today in History: First Davis Cup Final in 1900

118 years ago today, the first Davis Cup final took place between the United States and Great Britain, then playing under the name of the British Isles. The fist competition was held at the Longwood Cricket Club in Boston where the Americans surprised the British team with an early unbeatable 3-0 lead. The idea for the tournament was conceived in 1899 by four members of the Harvard University tennis team, who wanted to challenge the British to a tennis match. One of the four players, Dwight Davis, developed the tournament format and even purchased a trophy with his own money. The event was originally known as the International Lawn Tennis Challenge, but soon became known as the Davis Cup, after Dwight Davis’ trophy. By 2015, 125 nations entered what has become the men’s tennis premier international team competition.

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Today is International Cat Day

Today is International Cat Day

International Cat Day is a full 24 hours of recognition and veneration of one of humanity’s oldest and most beloved pets. The festivities were put together for the first time in 2002 by IFAW, the International Fund for Animal Welfare, among other animal rights groups, to celebrate the most popular pet on the planet.

An estimated 500 million cats are thought to be frolicking in neighbours’ gardens across the world, which means that most every extended family is bound to have an aunt with more kittens than former husbands, whatever the country or climate. And that’s great, because owning a cat has been shown to improve mental health and to relieve stress, anxiety and depression. So when it’s raining cats and dogs outside and you don’t have someone to cuddle with, any black, ginger, Persian, Siamese, Burmese, Bengal, Shorthair, Munchkin, Balinese, RagaMuffin or any old stray cat will do the trick.

So roll out the red carpet and the catnip for your furry feline friend, because International Cat Day is that one day a year when black cats bring good luck and cat eye sunglasses match your entire wardrobe.
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Today in History: Andy Warhol is born (1928-1987)

Today in History: Andy Warhol is born (1928-1987)

90 years ago today, one of the most influential artists of the second half of the 20th century, was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Andy Warhol (born Andrew Warhola), pioneer of the Pop Art movement of the 1960s and a cultural icon. Warhol had studied at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh before moving to New York in 1950. His studio, commonly known as “The Factory,” was a famous meeting place for New York artists, intellectuals and celebrities. From the mid-1960s on, Warhol no longer painted much himself. He produced a number of underground films, including “Chelsea Girls” (1966) and “Trash” (1970) and even managed a punk rock band, The Velvet Underground. Warhol passed away in Manhattan on February 22, 1987.

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Today in History: Lufthansa was (re)formed in 1954 

Today in History: Lufthansa was (re)formed in 1954 

Lufthansa originally formed back in 1926 as Deutsche Luft Hansa A.G. (the name Deutsche Lufthansa was used as of 1933). But with the defeat of Germany in World War II, the country lost sovereignty over its airspace and Lufthansa had to cease all operations. A new national airline was founded under the name of Luftag in 1953. Luftag acquired the name and logo of Deutsche Lufthansa on August 6, 1954 and was granted approval to launch domestic flights in April of 1955. International operations began in May of 1955 and thus the tradition of the German flag carrier continued.

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Today in History: 1st Pink Floyd Album released in 1967

Today in History: 1st Pink Floyd Album released in 1967

51 years ago today, Pink Floyd released its first album, “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn.”

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Today in History: One million Beetles in 1955

Today in History: One million Beetles in 1955

63 years ago today, the one millionth VW Beetle came off its assembly line in Wolfsburg, Germany, where it is still on display at the Volkswagen Auto Museum.

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