On This Day

TODAY IS MAY 1, 2020!

May 1, 2020

Today is:

May Day

Couple Appreciation Day

International Workers’ Day

Global Love Day

International Space Day

International Tuba Day

National Chocolate Parfait Day

Phone in Sick Day

New Homeowners Day

National School Principals’ Day



BENJAMIN HENRY LATROBE (1764-1820) — British-American architect.  Helped design the US Capitol building and the first cathedral in the US, the Baltimore Basilica.
CALAMITY JANE (1856-1903) — American frontierswoman and Wild West Show performer.
JOSEPH HELLER  (1923-1999) — American novelist, short story writer, playwright and screenwriter.  Best known for writing Catch-22.
TIM McGRAW (1967) — American country music artist, actor, and record producer.



1840 – The Penny Black, the world’s first official adhesive postage stamp is issued in the United Kingdom.
1886 – Rallies are held throughout the US demanding an eight-hour work day for workers.  They will culminate in the Haymarket Affair in Chicago three days later.
1931 – The Empire State Building is dedicated in New York City.
1956 – Jonas Salk’s polio vaccine is first made available to the public.
1989 – Disney-MGM Studios (today Disney’s Hollywood Studios) opens in Walt Disney World, Florida.
1999 SpongeBob Squarepants premieres on Nickelodeon.
Photo Prompt

Daily Photo – “Packed In”, 1943

Photo — “Packed In, 1943”

Use the photos posted in this feature for writing prompts, warm-up activities, drawing templates or as part of a photo analysis.

April 1943. “Baltimore, Maryland. Students and workers returning home on a trolley at 5 p.m.” Medium format nitrate negative by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information.

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Daily Art – The Forge, Francisco Goya

Daily Artwork — “The Forge, Francisco Goya, c1812-c1816”

Use the images posted in this feature for writing prompts, warm-up activities, drawing templates or as part of an artwork critique.

c1812-c1816 — The Forge.  Oil paint on canvas. Romanticism style. Francisco Goya (1746-1828). Frick Collection, New York, NY, USA.

“Devoid of narrative, the painting is an almost photographic capture of a single moment. Set in an ambiguous space, it forms a study in grays, blues and black, punctuated by the blazing red of heated metal. The composition is balanced by the complementary gestures of the figures…The Forge emphasizes the muscularity of the men, who are rendered as classically heroic with thick, strong arms and heavy masculine backs.” (Wikipedia)

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