Apr 302017
 
George Washington

George Washington

George Washington was inaugurated President of the United States in 1789 in New York City. Idea: Present Presidents are inaugurated in January in Washington, District of Columbia. Children could try to figure out why George Washington’s inauguration was in April (instead of January) in New York City (instead of Washington, DC). They could also read a transcript of his speech at: http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/american_originals/inaugtxt.html.

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Oct 172017
 

Museum of Modern Art, in New York City, hung Matisse’s Le Bateau upside down in 1961. The mistake was not found until December 3, 1961.

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Jan 132018
 

Radio show was broadcasted for the first time in 1910. Lee Deforest arranged for Enrico Caruso and other celebrities to perform the opera Cavellaria rusticana at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. Only a few people owned the necessary equipment to receive the performance, but it did mark the beginning of radio communication.

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Feb 072018
 

Ballet was performed for the first time in America in 1827. The Bowery Theater in New York City hosted a performance of The Deserter by Madame Francisquy Hutin and her troupe. Idea: Invite a ballet student to visit the class and demonstrate some basic ballet moves.

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