The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City opened on 21 Oct. 1959. Frank Lloyd Wright had designed the building in 1944 and had to defend his unusual plan almost from the start, arguing that his plans made “the building and the painting an uninterrupted, beautiful symphony such as never existed in the World of Art before.” He never saw the opening, as Wright died in April 1959.
October 21, 1976
Tutankhamun’s beautiful golden mask, the embodiment of a man secure in his power, has been flattering the pharaoh for many centuries, according to the most detailed image yet of the teenage king’s face and body.
In the flesh, King Tut had a club foot, a pronounced overbite and girlish hips, says a “virtual autopsy” built using more than 2,000 computerized tomography (CT) scans of the pharaoh’s body. Learn more
Light-complexioned with moobs, wide hips, snaggle overbite & a club foot. mkay
R.I.P Oscar de la Renta, you were truly a fashion genius.
Audrey Hepburn with Oscar
Óscar de la Renta
Jul 22, 1932 – Oct 20, 2014
October 20, 1947: Congress Investigates Communists in Hollywood
On this day in 1947, the House Un-American Activities Committee of the U.S. Congress began investigating Communist presence and influence in Hollywood. This investigation, led by Senator Joseph McCarthy, marked the beginning of height of the Red Scare. Conservative U.S. officials worked to oust communists in the government as well as in the movie industry, which was known to be exceptionally liberal.
In addition to hearings and investigations, Congress also pressured Hollywood establishments to create a blacklist policy, which banned the work of screenwriters, actors and directors who were not cleared by HUAC.
Photo: Investigators viewing communist evidence from Hollywood (Library of Congress)