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: Max Schmeling beats Joe Lewis in 1936

Today in History: Max Schmeling beats Joe Lewis in 1936

Surprise? Sensation? 81 years ago today, famed former world chamion Max Schmeling beat the previously undefeated American heavyweight Joe Louis by a knockout in round twelve at sold-out Yankee Stadium in New York. Schmeling became the new world heavyweight champion but would lose the title again to Louis only two years later in the one and only rematch.

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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 in 1885

130 years ago today, 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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Today in History: Andy Warhol’s First Exhibit in 1952

Today in History: Andy Warhol’s First Exhibit in 1952

65 years ago today, a young artist named Andy Warhol celebrated the first show of his artwork in New York. The co-founder of “Pop Art” exhibited a series of drawings that made reference to the works of the American writer, Truman Capote. 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 Manhatten on February 22, 1987.

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Today in History: 50th Anniversary of the Monterey Pop Festival in California

Today in History: 50th Anniversary of the Monterey Pop Festival in California

The Monterey International Pop Music Festival was a three-day concert event held from June 16 to 18, 1967 in Monterey, California. It is largely remembered for some historic performances by Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Ravi Shankar, and Janis Joplin.

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Today is National Lobster Day

Today is National Lobster Day

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Happy Birthday, Christo

Happy Birthday, Christo

The avant-garde artist known as Christo (Christo Vladimirov Javacheff, born in Bulgaria) is turning 82 today. Christo is famous for his spectacular, large-scale installations. He and hiswife have wrapped the Reichstag in Berlin, the Pont Neuf in Paris, and turned New York’s Central Park orange with his project The Gates. But even at age 82, Christo shows no signs of slowing down. He is currently turning his attention to a grand project in the Abu Dhabi desert. We can’t wait to see it

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