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On this Day: October 15, 1906 | Birthday of Victoria Spivey

15 October 1906: Birthday of Victoria Spivey, American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 1976) (Source) Victoria Regina Spivey (October 15, 1906 – October 3, 1976),[1][2] sometimes known as Queen Victoria,[3] was an American blues singer and songwriter. During a recording career that spanned 40 years, from 1926 to the mid-1960s, sheContinue Reading

The East German Ampelmännchen turns 60

Ampelmännchen (German: [ˈampl̩ˌmɛnçən] (listen); literally little traffic light man, diminutive of Ampelmann [ampl̩ˈman]) is the symbol shown on pedestrian signals in Germany. Prior to German reunification in 1990, the two German states had different forms for the Ampelmännchen, with a generic human figure in West Germany, and a generally “male”Continue Reading

On this Day: October 13, 1929 | Birthday of Walasse Ting

13 October 1929: Birthday of Walasse Ting, Chinese-American painter and poet (d. 2010) (Source) Walasse Ting (Chinese: 丁雄泉, October 13, 1929 – May 17, 2010)[1] was a Chinese-American visual artist and poet. His colorful paintings have attracted critical admiration and a popular following. Common subjects include nude women and cats,Continue Reading

On this Day: October 12, 1928 | Birthday of Al Held

12 October 1928: Birthday of Al Held, American painter and academic (d. 2005) (Source) Al Held (October 12, 1928 – July 27, 2005) was an American Abstract expressionist painter. He was particularly well known for his large scale Hard-edge paintings.[1] As an artist, multiple stylistic changes occurred throughout his career,Continue Reading