First presentation of PAL (short for Phase Alternating Line), the color encoding system for analogue television.
Day of death of the British fashion designer Lee Alexander McQueen.
Premiere of the Hitchcock movie "The Birds".
Voodoo is legally recognized as a religion in Haiti. Priests and priestesses now have same rights as their Catholic counterparts. They may officially perform marriages, conduct baptisms and lead funerals.
Wikipedia: 4. April
60th Birthday of Irish actor and film producer Pierce Brosnan.
Birthday of Herta Charlotte Heuwer, the inventor of currywurst.
Lovely woman, lovely glasses.
125th anniversary of the death of Theodor Storm
Storm's last complete work The Rider on the White Horse is considered as one of the greatest masterpieces of German literature.
The novella begins as a Ghost Tale and tells the story of Hauke Haien who becomes dikemaster of a small town in Northern Frisia who is distrusted by his own community. After the older dikes break, Hauke witnesses the tragic death of his family through a storm flood, he drives himself and his white horse into the see in agony. For more than a century the dike created by Hauke still protects the town and has saved many lives since his decease.
It's told that during storm floods Hauke's ghost from time to time is riding on his white horse patrolling the dike.
125th birthday of Friedrich Trautwein
He is regarded as the pioneer of electronic music.
In 1930 Trautwein developed the Trautonium, the precursor of today’s synthesizer.
Oskar Sala, the main interpreter of the trautonium, cultivated Trautwein’s electronic music instrument.
From then on the reputation of the Trautonium extended beyond the music scene. Once it was used for the soundtrack of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds, the Trautonium gained international recognition.
Opening of the exhibition "Erster Deutscher Herbstsalon" in Berlin. Artists include Henri Rousseau, Kandinsky, Chagal, Klee, Mondrian and others.
Chester Carlson made the first photocopy using a zinc plate covered with sulfur.
"LSD was first synthesized by Albert Hofmann on november, 16. 1938 from ergotamine, a chemical derived by Arthur Stoll from ergot, a grain fungus that typically grows on rye."
Birthday of Robert Heinrich Herman Koch, the founder of modern bacteriology"
Happy Birthday to the 1,000,051st Anniversary of Art!
The french artist Robert Filliou was the first person who defined a date for the Birth of Art in 1963. He suggested to set the Art’s Birthday on January the 17 (Filliou’s Birthday) and 1,000,000 years before 1963. Since then it was a day to celebrate the presence of art in our lives.
The Venus von Willendorf is one of the oldest existing Artworks and a symbol for fertility at the same time. Our adaption from the statue to a Gum-ball machine symbolise the ludicrousness behind Filliou‘s idea of setting a random date for the Birth of Art.
The illustration also refers to Fillous work 'Eins. Un. One.' It consists of 16,000 wooden dice, each bearing the number one on all sides, negating the laws of probability.
the premiere of “Making a Living“, Charlie Chaplin‘s first film appearance.
Representatives of the New York Motion Picture Company had been impressed by Chaplins performance at the american music halls and signed him as a comedian with the Keystone Studios. Not used to the fast, spontaneous and superficial storytelling of film, Chaplin was at first disappointed by the results: „Although the picture was completed in three days, I thought we contrived some very funny gags. But when I saw the finished film it broke my heart, for the cutter had butchered it beyond recognition, cutting into the middle of all my funny business.” Despite his concern, Making a Living was well-received and a review picked Chaplin out as "a comedian of the first water."
The expression O.K. is considered to be the best known and most frequently used word in the world.
In print it was first used 175 years ago by the Boston Morning Post in an article about the Anti-Bell-Ringing Society.
There are numerous theories about the emergence of this popular expression, however the origin is still not clarified.
Release date Street Fighter II’ Champion Edition
Street Fighter II': Champion Edition is a competitive fighting game released for the arcades by Capcom in 1992. It was the first of several updated versions of the original Street Fighter II’: The World Warrior. The main changes consisted of the addition of the four Grand Masters as playable characters and mirror matches. The fighting techniques of the eight main characters were further refined to allow for a more balanced competitive play.
Sales exceeded $2.3 billion in gross revenue, making it one of the top 10 biggest grossing arcade games of all time.
1st official ascent of Mount Everest
Tenzing Norgay was a Nepalese Sherpa mountaineer. Among the most famous mountain climbers in history, he was one of the first two individuals known to have reached the summit of Mount Everest, which he accomplished with Edmund Hillary on 29 May 1953. He was named by Time as one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century.
30th anniversary of Tetris /
50th anniversary of the term “gentrification”
Gentrification: Stringent building regulations, aesthetic upgrading, increasing rents, no open spaces - apparently an adoption of the Tetris principle.
The Storming of the Bastille on July 14th became a flashpoint for the French Revolution. The kings of France used the fortress mainly as a prison, thereby it was perceived as a powerful symbol for the “Ancien Régime” (Old Regime).