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today’s holiday: Columbus Day


Columbus Day

When the Italian explorer Christopher Columbus (1451-1506) first landed in the Bahamas on October 12, 1492, he believed that he had reached the East Indies. Despite his error in judgment, Columbus is credited with opening the New World to European colonization, and the anniversary of his landing on the Bahamian island of San Salvador is commemorated in the US with parades, patriotic ceremonies, and pageants reenacting the historic landing. In 1991, Berkeley, California, cancelled Columbus Day in favor of Indigenous People’s Day. More… Discuss

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Today’s Birthday: Emil Nolde (1867)


Emil Nolde (1867)

Nolde was a German painter and printmaker. Fervently religious, he often painted supernatural imagery, such as demonic heads and mystic appearances. Impressed by the art he saw on a 1913 expedition to the East Indies, he began to paint brooding landscapes and colorful flowers. As a printmaker, he was noted for his crudely cut, stark black-and-white woodcuts. Though he was an early advocate of the Nazi party, the party condemned his art and forbade him to paint. What did he do instead? More… Discuss