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The most prestigious and seldom awarded title for artists in the Stalin era was People's Artist of the Soviet Union. The second most significant type of reward was the Stalin Prize. The distribution... [Item of the Day]
Painting was a growth industry in the Low Countries already during the 15th and 16th centuries. In addition to the famous masters, a host of minor artists helped create an ever-widening market for... [Item of the Day]
When the Belgian painter James Ensor conceived his famous work of art l'Entrée du Christ à Bruxelles, Belgium experienced an année terrible.  In a time of severe economic depression, with large parts... [Item of the Day]
After the 1917 revolution, the traditional Christmas celebration was removed to New Year's Eve in the Soviet Union. The New Year is warmly welcomed with a decorated fir tree, sweets and songs.... [Item of the Day]
International Children's Day had its origin in the `World Conference for the Well Being of Children', held in Geneva, Switzerland in 1925. After the conference, governments around the world... [Item of the Day]
In July, there is usually nothing much to report about in the media. In 1958 however, Egyptian president Nasser prepares "an unpleasant surprise for cucumber time." As his pursuit of a strong Arabian... [Item of the Day]
In Germany nude swimming used to be tolerated in certain reserved areas, but in the socialist DDR it was officially prohibited in the fifties. The numerous lovers of "Freikörperkultur" were now... [Item of the Day]
The World Fair in Paris from May till October 1855 attracted five million visitors. Among them was Queen Victoria and, in September, the Algerian sultan Abd-El Kader. A visitor from the Netherlands... [Item of the Day]
Volendam caps and many press photographers wait at Schiphol airport to welcome the Beatles when they arrive in Holland for the first time on June 5, 1964. The next day they take a boat tour of the... [Item of the Day]
`Honouring the dead, the convicted, and the dead still to be killed' was the theme of the first real happening in Amsterdam on 9 December 1962. The title 'Open the grave' was a reaction to the death... [Item of the Day]