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  • Happy Cinco de Mayo!
    by Joern Weigelt on May 5, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    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 … Continue reading Happy Cinco de Mayo! […]

  • Today in History: Audrey Hepburn born in 1929
    by Joern Weigelt on May 4, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    Today in History: Audrey Hepburn born in 1929 On this day in 1929, screen legend Audrey Hepburn (born Audrey Kathleen Ruston) was born in Brussels, Belgium. The British film and fashion icon was one of Hollywood’s largest movie stars during the 1950s and 1960s. Hepburn shot to stardom through her Oscar-winning lead role in Roman … Continue reading Today in History: Audrey Hepburn born in 1929 […]

  • Today in History: James Brown born in 1933
    by Joern Weigelt on May 3, 2021 at 5:00 pm

    Today in History: James Brown born in 1933 On this day in 1933, 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 … Continue reading Today in History: James Brown born in 1933 […]

  • Today in History: Cap Arcona sunk in 1945
    by Joern Weigelt on May 3, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    Today in History: Cap Arcona sunk in 1945 On this day in 1945, the German ship “Cap Arcona” laden with prisoners was sunk by the Royal Air Force in the East Sea. It is estimated that 5,800 people on board were killed – one of largest maritime losses of life. In this case, the latest … Continue reading Today in History: Cap Arcona sunk in 1945 […]

  • Today in History: Walter Schnackenberg born in 1880
    by Joern Weigelt on May 2, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    Today in History: Walter Schnackenberg born in 1880 On this day in 1860, Walter Schnackenberg was born in Bad Lauterburg, Germany. Schnackenberg found his vocation as a draughtsman and painter while still very young. At the age of 19, he went to Munich to attend the school of Heinrich Knirr. He studied under Franz von … Continue reading Today in History: Walter Schnackenberg born in 1880 […]

  • 1931 Empire State Building dedicated in 1931
    by Joern Weigelt on May 1, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    1931 Empire State Building dedicated in 1931 On this day in 1931, President Herbert Hoover officially dedicates New York City’s Empire State Building, pressing a button from the White House that turns on the building’s lights. Hoover’s gesture, of course, was symbolic; while the president remained in Washington, D.C., someone else flicked the switches in … Continue reading 1931 Empire State Building dedicated in 1931 […]

  • Today in History: 1939 New York World’s Fair 
    by Joern Weigelt on April 30, 2021 at 5:00 pm

    Today in History: 1939 New York World’s Fair  On April 30, 1939, the New York World’s Fair opened its doors to the public. Using the motto “Building a World for Tomorrow,” the opening ceremony featured a speech by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and was broadcast live on television, an event that would have significant consequences. … Continue reading Today in History: 1939 New York World’s Fair&nbs […]

  • Today is International Jazz Day!
    by Joern Weigelt on April 30, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    Today is International Jazz Day! When Louis Armstrong was asked what the definition of jazz was, he famously replied, “If you’ve got to ask, you’ll never know.” Today is a worldwide day of celebration of jazz and its unique history. The official birthplace of jazz is New Orleans, although some say it began in Chicago … Continue reading Today is International Jazz Day! […]

  • Today is Zipper Day
    by Joern Weigelt on April 29, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    Today is Zipper Day From handbags and jackets to trousers and boots, it really is impossible to imagine life without zippers. They are so widespread it is easy to take them for granted. This is where Zipper Day comes along to remind us of the origin and history of this truly omnipresent invention. The exact birthday of … Continue reading Today is Zipper Day […]

  • Today in History: Beethoven composes “Für Elise” in 1810
    by Joern Weigelt on April 27, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    Today in History: Beethoven composes “Für Elise” in 1810 “Bagatelle No. 25” (commonly known as “Für Elise”, German for For Elise) for solo piano is one of the Ludwig van Beethoven’s most popular works and one of the most recognized melodies in the history of music. The song was written for a lady called Therese … Continue reading Today in History: Beethoven composes “Für Elise” in 1810 […]