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Daily Video for June 24 – Mary Pickford Makes Millions

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The First Female Million DOllar Film Star

On June 24, 1916, Mary Pickford, arguably the first female film mega-star, signs a million dollar contract with Adolph Zukor’s Famous Players (later Paramount Pictures), giving her full control over what films she can star in and earning her a salary of $10,000 a week (over $235,000 today).

Already one of the biggest stars of silent film, her fame will only grow as a result.  She will go on to become one of the first female film directors and producers, and in 1920 will invest in 1/4 of her own film studio, United Artists, along with stars Douglas Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin, and director D.W. Griffith.

Check out these videos about Mary, her early films, and United Artists:

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Albert Einstein’s Resume – Infographic

Einstein’s Resume

A unique look at the education and career of one of the world’s preeminent geniuses, Albert Einstein.  If anything, it proves that even the greatest minds struggle from time to time and it’s not the obstacles that mean the most in life, but how we overcome them. [VIA]

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Daily Photo (6/23/20) – Bath Time in Vietnam

Photo — “Bath Time in Vietnam, 1966”

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January 16, 1966. Chu Lai, Vietnam.  US Marines carry their weapons with them everywhere in a combat zone, even when heading to the bath.

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Daily Video for June 23 – Welcome to the SAT

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The First SAT is Administered

On June 23, 1926, the College Board, a non-profit organization tasked with standardizing assessments to aid in college admissions, administers the first SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test).  This test was taken at a lightning pace, only 90 minutes were given for students to answer 315 questions, compared to the 3 hours used today for the SAT.

While it’s been modified many times over the years, and has faced intense scrutiny for it’s ability to accurately test a student’s aptitude given inherent biases and questions as to whether or not it’s only testing a student’s ability to take a test, the SAT remains one of the most commonly used college admissions measures and a rite of passage for high school students across the nation.

Check out these videos about the SAT:

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Daily Video for June 22 – Erich Maria Remarque Born

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Happy Birthday, Erich Maria REmarque

Born on June 22, 1898, Erich Maria Remarque served in the German army during World War I.  His novel, All Quiet on the Western Front, written about his experiences in the war became an international best-seller in 1928, and created a new literary genre that focused on a soldier’s physical and emotional stresses in battle and the struggles they had returning to civilian life after the conflict.

 

Check out this video summarizing All Quiet on the Western Front:

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Timeline of the World’s Largest Passenger Ships – Infographic

Passenger Ships

Today’s infographic starts in 1831 and takes us to the present, looking at the largest passenger ships afloat at the time.  Each time a new ship took the “title”, it was added to the list (hence why RMS Olympic is listed twice with her sister ship, Titanic, between). While the need and desire to travel by sea has not changed much over the centuries, the ships and amenities sure have! [VIA]

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Daily Video for June 19 – Sports Firsts!

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FIrst REcorded Baseball Game & First NASCAR Race

On June 19, 1848, the first recorded baseball game under Alexander Cartwright’s rules (those that would be most recognizable to those used today) is played in Hoboken, NJ.  Amateur teams played and the New York Base Ball CLub defeated the Knickerbockers 23-1 with Cartwright himself umpiring.

Exactly 101 years later, on June 19, 1949, the first NASCAR stock race is held at the Charlotte Speedway.  Tracing its origins to Prohibition and the modification of cars by bootleggers to outrun police, after alcohol was legalized again, these drivers still kept up racing, but this time in competition with each other.  In 1947, seeing a lack of formal rules, the National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing is established, and formal races are held, with the first “strictly stock” race, the format most commonly held today, is run with Jim Roper winning.

A Brief History of Baseball:

 

A Brief History of NASCAR:

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Daily Photo (6/18/20) – War Stories, 1935

Photo — “War Stories, 1935”

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1935. Philadelphia, PA. Young shoe shine boys listen to the war stories of a Civil War veteran.

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Daily Video for June 18 – NYC Checker Taxis Begin Service

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The First CHecker Cabs Hit the Road

On June 18, 1923, the first iconic Checker Cab hits the street in New York City.  While taxi services have been in existence in some form since the early 17th century, the yellow painted cars with the checkerboard stripes from New York have become the iconic symbols of taxis everywhere.

While the last Checker Cab was retired in 2009, the cars remain instantly recognizable and highly collectible by car enthusiasts.

Check out this video to see different Checker Cabs over the years: