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  • Today in History: “Degenerate Art” exhibition opens in 1937
    by Joern Weigelt on July 19, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    Today in History: “Degenerate Art” exhibitions opens in 1937 Today marks the 82nd anniversary of the opening of the infamous Degenerate Art (Entartete Kunst) exhibition in Munich, Germany. Organized by Adolf Ziegler and the Nazi Party, the exhibition presented some 650 paintings, sculptures and prints by over 100 (primarily) German artists, incl.  works by famous … Continue reading Today in History: “Degenerate Art” exhibition opens in 1937 […]

  • Today in History: Metro opening in Paris in 1900
    by Joern Weigelt on July 19, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    Today in History: Metro opening in Paris in 1900 119 years ago today, the first Paris Metro Line was inaugurated. The underground transit system had eight stations that linked the eastern and western city districts. The event coincided with the 1900 Paris World’s Fair. The Metro entrances were designed by French architect Hector Guimard in … Continue reading Today in History: Metro opening in Paris in 1900 […]

  • Today in History: Lithography was invented in 1798
    by Joern Weigelt on July 18, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    Today in History: Lithography was invented in 1798 221 years ago today, German author Alois Senefelder invented the lithographic printing method (from the Greek, “stone printing”). Looking for an inexpensive method for copying his manuscripts, Senefelder was experimenting with etching techniques using acid resisting inks on a flat stone surface. He soon discovered that his … Continue reading Today in History: Lithography was invented in 1798 […]

  • Today in History: Disneyland opening in 1955
    by Joern Weigelt on July 17, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    Today in History: Disneyland opening in 1955 64 years ago today, the “happiest place on earth” opened its doors to the public. On opening day, some 60,000 people visited the park. Admission on July 17, 1955 was $1. After several years of careful planning, construction of the huge amusement park began in 1954. The theme … Continue reading Today in History: Disneyland opening in 1955 […]

  • Today in History: First documenta opened in 1955
    by Joern Weigelt on July 16, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    Today in History: First documenta opened in 1955 64 years ago today, the documenta in Kassel, Germany, opened its doors for the first time. The documenta is perhaps one of the most important cyclically recurring exhibitions for modern and contemporary art in the world. Founded in 1955 by artist and curator Arnold Bode, the exhibition … Continue reading Today in History: First documenta opened in 1955 […]

  • Today in History: Washington DC declared capital of the United States in 1790
    by Joern Weigelt on July 16, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    Today in History: Washington DC declared capital of the United States in 1790 229 years ago today, the young American Congress declares that a swampy, humid, muddy and mosquito-infested site on the Potomac River between Maryland and Virginia will be the nation’s permanent capital. “Washington,” in the newly designated federal “District of Columbia,” was named … Continue reading Today in History: Washington DC declared capital of the United States in 1790 […]

  • Today in History: Ford Company takes its first order in 1903
    by Joern Weigelt on July 15, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    Today in History: Ford Company takes its first order in 1903 116 years ago today, the newly formed Ford Motor Company takes its first order for a two-cylinder Model A automobile. The buyer, a dentist in Chicago, paid $850 for his new toy and the car was delivered just over one week later. Within two … Continue reading Today in History: Ford Company takes its first order in 1903 […]

  • Today in History: First successful Matterhorn ascent in 1865
    by Joern Weigelt on July 14, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    Today in History: First successful Matterhorn ascent in 1865 153 years ago today, the Matterhorn (4,478 m, 14,692 ft) was first successfully ascended by Edward Whymper and his team of mountaineers, Michel Croz, Lord Francis Douglas, Charles Hudson, Douglas Hadow, and the two Zermatt guides, Peter Taugwalder father and son. During the descent, however, the day ended in tragedy when Douglas, … Continue reading Today in History: First successful Matterhorn ascent in 1865 […]

  • Today is Bastille Day!
    by Joern Weigelt on July 14, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    Today is Bastille Day! Bastille Day is a national holiday in France, celebrated annually on July 14. It is quite similar to the Independence Day festivities in the United States. The Bastille was a stronghold built in Paris in the 14th century. In fact, the word “bastille” means “fortress” in French. During his reign, Louis … Continue reading Today is Bastille Day! […]

  • Today in History: First World Cup in 1930
    by Joern Weigelt on July 13, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    Today in History: First World Cup in 1930 89 years ago today, the first-ever World Cup football matches were played simultaneously in host city Montevideo, Uruguay. France defeated Mexico 4-1 while the United States defeated Belgium 3-0. 13 teams participated “by invitation” in this first World Cup. For the Europeans, the trip to Uruguay was … Continue reading Today in History: First World Cup in 1930 […]