1632 - Johannes Vermeer was a world famous Dutch painter. His most famous painting is ‘Girl with the pearl earring’. We celebrate his christening (October 31, 1632) because nobody knows exactly when he was born. Actually, his dying day is also a mystery. We only know for a fact he was buried December 15th, 1675 in the Oude Kerk (Dutch translation for Old Church) in Delft, his residence.
It’s presumed Johannes Vermeer made about 50 paintings. 37 have been preserved, but one of them is doubtful. He mostly painted real people in every day settings. Although he was considered a creditable painter, he was not able to get rich by selling his own art. He and his wife Catharine Bolnes had 15 children together. He had to work hard to make a decent living.
In 1672 The Netherlands were invaded by France and the English and German also wanted a piece of the small country. People panicked, schools and shops were closed, economy collapsed. Johannes Vermeer wasn’t selling any of his paintings. He was in debt when he died. According to his wife stress of financial pressures was the cause of his death.
360 trivial fact
‘Girl with the pearl earring’ may be Vermeer’s best known painting. But remarkably enough, the pearl is probably not even a pearl. According to several experts it’s too big and too shiny. Leaves us guessing what this young woman really wears in her ear!
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, was an icon and a role model for many activists and well-doers in the world. In one of the official South African languages, Mandela's second name 'Rolihlahla' means 'troublemaker'. However, this would-be trouble caused by Mandela was always for a good cause. He was the first black president of South Africa and made himself strong for the fight against apartheid and racial inequality. The legend died on the 5th of December in 2013, but his influences are still palpable in our current world. Read More >>
The slightly awkward prince
'Behind every great man stands a great woman.' With king Philippe of Belgium, this saying applies a tad different, because he wasn't exactly popular before marrying Mathilde d'Udekem d'Acoz. In their case, them being a couple makes them worthier for the throne, according to the Belgians. They married December 4th, 1999. Read More >>
The prince of darkness
Rock legend John Michael 'Ozzy' Osbourne, was born the 3th of December 1948. Although he had a very troubling youth, involving drinking, drug use, a suicide attempt and burglary, Ozzy eventually found his way to music. Supported by his parents, he joined a band in the sixties and for the upcoming decades he would keep rocking the stage. A rock legend was born on this very day. Read More >>
The end of a notorious drug lord
Some say he was a business genius or a modern Robin Hood. Others called him the impersonated devil. Today in 1993 Pablo Escobar, leader of the Medellín drug cartel, got shot, only one day after his 44th birthday. Read More >>
The first copy of an iconic magazine
'If you're somebody's sister, wife or mother-in-law and picked us up by mistake, please pass us along to the man in your life and get back to your Ladies Home Companion.' Playboy made sure everybody that got their hands on the first Playboy-edition knew it wasn’t a family magazine. ‘If you’re a man between the ages of 18 and 80, Playboy is meant for you.’ Today in 1953 the first copy was printed. Featuring Marilyn Monroe. She graced the cover and the centrefold. Beside the first Playboy pin-up, it was also the premiere of the Playboy Bunny. The animated bunny appeared in smoking jacket and a pipe in his mouth. Read More >>
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1940: Tell me it’s not true!
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1934: Buon compleanno Sophia Loren!
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1997: Goodbye England's rose
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1997: Death of a princess
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2011: Rest in peace, Amy Winehouse
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1954: Congratulations to Angela Merkel
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1961: Amnesty International was founded on this day
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1939: Happy Birthday to Sir Ian McKellen
1941: The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
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1932: Today we commemorate Johnny Cash
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1954: Let’s boogie on the birthday of John Travolta
1963: Happy birthday Michael Jordan!
1923: Archaeologist Howard Carter opens the tomb of King Tutankhamen
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