Today in History: Josef Müller-Brockmann born in 1914

Today in History: Josef Müller-Brockmann born in 1914

Josef Müller-Brockmann studied architecture, design, and history of art at the Kunstgewerbeschule and the University in Zurich. At the age of 22, he opened his own studio with a focus on graphic design, exhibition design, and photography. His objective design practices led to the breakthrough of the “Swiss Style” during the 1950s. In 1958, Müller-Brockmann became the founder and co-editor (until 1965) of the journal Neue Grafik (New Graphic Design), spreading the principles of Swiss Design internationally. Müller-Brockmann never allowed his designs to be influenced by trends or styles but followed his own aesthetics and ethics. His posters provided numerous institutions and companies with a convincing graphic appearance and became a model in their quality. Müller-Brockmann passed away on August 30, 1996 in Zurich.

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Today in History: Coca-Cola invented in 1886

Today in History: Coca-Cola invented in 1886

133 years ago today, pharmacist John Pemberton developed a brown lemonade using the coca extract, caffeine. coca leaves and soda water. Initially intended to be sold as syrup medicine, the drink soon became the most popular soda drink on the planet. Coca-Cola was born.

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Peter Tchaikovsky born in 1840

Today in History: Peter Tchaikovsky born in 1840
Today is the birthday of Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky who is famous for many masterpieces such as “The Nutcracker” and “Swan Lake.” The classical music great would turn 179 years old if he were still alive today.

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Today in History: Hindenburg Zeppelin Disaster in 1937

Today in History: Hindenburg Zeppelin Disaster in 1937

82 years ago today, the Hindenburg zeppelin passenger airship went up in flames when attempting to land at Lakehurst, New Jersey. The footage of the colossal fireball engulfing the German airship marked the abrupt end of the zeppelin era. 36 people – 13 passengers, 22 crewmen, and one ground worker – lost their lives in the crash.

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Today is National Nurses Day!

Today is National Nurses Day!

Today is the first day of Nurses Week, which begins each year on May 6 and ends on May 12 (Florence Nightingale’s birthday). It is a celebration of the meaningful work that nurses do each and every day.
In 1953, Dorothy Sutherland, an employee at the United States Department of Health, sent a letter to President Eisenhower recommending a National Nurses Day be created. Although Eisenhower did not make an official proclamation, people began celebrating Nurses Day the following year. Twenty years later, President Nixon made it an official holiday. Source: punchbowl.com

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Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Originating in the 1860′s with Mexican-American communities in the American West, Southwest and Northwest, the American Cinco de Mayo began as a way to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of the American Civil War. Today, in the United States, Cinco de Mayo is observed annually on May 5 as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. According to José Alamillo, professor of ethnic studies at Washington State University in Pullman, a 2006 study found there are more than 150 official Cinco de Mayo events across the country. Cinco de Mayo celebrations in the United States have taken on a significance beyond that in Mexico. They include displaying of banners and events highlighting Mexican culture, music, and regional dancing, as well as school districts holding special events to educate students about its historical significance.  In the U.S., commercial interests have capitalized on the celebration by advertising Mexican products and services with an emphasis on beverages, food, and music. (Source: http://www.nationaldaycalendar.com)

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Today in History: James Brown born in 1933

86 years ago today, James Joseph Brown (May 3, 1933 – December 25, 2006), was born in Barnwell, South Carolina. The singer and songwriter was a major musical figure of 20th-century music and dance. Brown is often referred to as the “Godfather of Soul,” “Soul Brother #1, “Mr. Dynamite,” or “Sex Machine.” His career lasted over 50 years.

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