January 23, 1849~ Elizabeth Blackwell becomes 1st woman to earn an M.D. in the US

Elizabeth Blackwell by Joseph Stanley Kozlowski

1965 / Oil on canvas / Size? / Syracuse University Medical School Collection, NY

“The Elizabeth Blackwell painting was used as source material for a USPS $.18 postage stamp. However, credit was not extended by the USPS for some time after the issuance of the stamp. After a full investigation determined that Kozlowski’s painting was, in fact, the original source for the stamp design the USPS tightened its rules regarding the documentation of source materials in order for design acceptance and acknowledged the role of the painting in the design process.”

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Previous January 23 posts:

Winter~ January 23

January 23 (music)~

Artist Birthday Quiz for 1/23~

January 11, 1787~ Uranus moons Titania & Oberon discovered by William Herschel

Oberon, Titania and Puck with Fairies Dancing by William Blake

c.1786 / Pencil and watercolor / 18 3/4”x26 1/2” / Tate Britain, London, UK

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The Shakespearean Moons of Uranus~
https://www.folger.edu/shakespeare-unlimited/shakespearean-moons-uranus

Previous January 11 posts:

Winter~ January 11

Artist Birthday Quiz for 1/11~

January 8, 1816~ First woman is awarded Paris Academy of Sciences Prize

Sophie Germain by Zacharie Astruc

c.1895 / Based on a mask/mold evidently held by the Louvre
Commissioned by Paris City Council; located at the Lycée Sophie Germain

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Previous January 8 posts:

Winter~ January 8

David Bowie: Born Jan. 8, 1947 / Died Jan. 10, 2016

Artist Birthday Quiz for 1/8~

January 3, 1496~ Leonardo unsuccessfully tests a flying machine [supposedly]

Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus) by Leonardo da Vinci
(Top) f.858 recto   (Bottom) f.860 recto

c.1478-1480 / Pen and ink on paper / 12-volumes, 1,119 pp / Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Milan, Italy

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Previous January 3 posts:

Winter~ January 3

Artist Birthday Quiz for 1/3~

September 5, 1977~ NASA launches the Voyager 1 spacecraft

The Tetons and the Snake River, Grand Teton National Park  by Ansel Adams

1942 (Negative) / Gelatin silver print / This photo was one of the images included on the Golden Record
launched into space on both Voyager spacecrafts

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The Golden Record Both Voyager spacecrafts carry a greeting to any form of life, should that be encountered. The message is carried by a phonograph record—a 12-inch gold-plated copper disk containing sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth. The contents of the record were selected for NASA by a committee chaired by Carl Sagan of Cornell University. Dr. Sagan and his associates assembled 115 images and a variety of natural sounds. To this they added musical selections from different cultures and eras, and spoken greetings from Earth-people in fifty-five languages.
~ https://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/frequently-asked-questions/fast-facts/

Index of images~ http://re-lab.net/welcome/images.html

Previous September 5 posts:

Hispanic Artists~September 5

Artist Birthday Quiz for 9/5~

August 12, 2019~ Perseid Meteor Shower peaks overnight

Persée (Perseus) by Joseph Blanc

1869 / Oil on canvas / 119”x68 1/2” / Musée d’Orsay, Paris

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NASA Blogs: Perseids Peak August 11-13~
https://blogs.nasa.gov/Watch_the_Skies/2019/08/01/perseids-peak-august-11-13/

Previous August 12 posts:

Self Portraits~August 12

Cecil B. DeMille: Born August 12, 1881

August 12 or 19: Birthday of George Bellows

Erwin Schrödinger: Born August 12, 1887

Artist Birthday Quiz for 8/12~

August 6, 2012~ NASA’s rover Curiosity successfully lands on Mars

Mars Dust by Alma Thomas

1972 / Acrylic on canvas / 69 1/4”x57 1/8” / Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

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Link: 50 Years Ago, Alma Thomas Made ‘Space’ Paintings that Imagined the Moon and Mars

Previous August 6 posts:

Self Portraits~August 6

August 6, 1945: Enola Gay drops 5-ton bomb over Hiroshima

Andy Warhol: Born August 6, 1928

Artist Birthday Quiz for 8/6~

May 20, 1883~ Krakatoa’s first activity in 200+ years; eruptions turn deadly August 26

Atmospheric effects of the Krakatoa eruption by William Ascroft (1832-1914, British)

Chromolithographic reproduction of pastel sketches; used as front piece for “The Eruption of Krakatoa, and Subsequent Phenomena:
Report of the Krakatoa committee of the Royal Society (1888)” / 11 3/5”x8 1/2” / Houghton Library, Harvard University

Clouds Like Blood: How a 19th-Century Volcano Changed the Color of Sunsets~
https://hyperallergic.com/173597/clouds-like-blood-how-a-19th-century-volcano-changed-the-color-of-sunsets/

Previous May 20 posts:

Love & War~ May 20

Artist Birthday Quiz for 5/20~