Category: On This Day

“Awakening the Moon” by Mark Ryden

Happy birthday to “the god-father of pop surrealism” Mark Ryden, born on this day January 20, 1963 in Medford, Oregon. He currently lives and works in Portland, Oregon.

Janis Joplin – “Cry Baby”

“Cry Baby” from the Queen Of Rock, Janis Joplin, born January 19, 1943 in Port Arthur, Texas

“Design for a Costume” by Sophie Taeuber-Arp

Here is a work by Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Swiss artist, painter, sculptor, designer, architect, and dancer born on this day January 19, 1889 in Davos Platz, Switzerland.

The Legacy of Danny Kaye

The wonderful Danny Kaye was born David Daniel Kaminsky of Ukrainian immigrants on this day January 18, 1911 in New York City. The humanitarian, actor, dancer, singer, and comedian’s film legacy alone includes numerous classics: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947), A Song Is Born (1948), The Inspector General (1949), Hans Christian Andersen (1952), …

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Eartha Kitt – “No Importa Si Menti”

Happy birthday to singer, dancer, actor, and activist Eartha Kitt, who captivated audiences with her unmistakable voice and mystique. Kitt was born on this day January 17, 1927 on a cotton plantation in South Carolina.

Sade – “Pearls”

Happy birthday to Sade, born January 16, 1959 in Ibadan, a colony and protectorate of Nigeria.

The Cosmos of Lee Bontecou

American abstract sculptor and printmaker Lee Bontecou was born on this day January 15, 1931 in Providence, Rhode Island. Bontecou was raised in New York and Nova Scotia, and spent much of her youth studying art. From 1952-1955, she studied at the Art Students League in New York with sculptor William Zorach, Morris Kantor, and …

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The Stardust Lens of Cecil Beaton

Legendary portrait and fashion photographer Cecil Beaton was born on January 14, 1904, in the Hampstead area of London, England. With an eye for beauty, he also excelled at interior design, and was an Oscar-winning stage and costume designer, and a sparkling writer. Beaton captured stunning, intimate portraits of his subjects, many of whom were his friends. Here’s a …

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Snow White Makes Its NYC Premiere in 1938

On January 13, 1938, Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs made its New York City premiere at the Radio City Music Hall. The following day, The New York Times reported: “Sheer fantasy, delightful, gay and altogether captivating, touched the screen yesterday when Walt Disney’s long-awaited feature-length cartoon of the Grimm fairy tale, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, …

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“Animals” by Clement Hurd

American artist and illustrator Clement Hurd was born on this day January 12, 1908 in New York City. He is well known for his children’s book illustrations, particularly his work with writer Margaret Wise Brown on Goodnight Moon (1947) and The Runaway Bunny (1942).