This Week in History: Alexander Calder died

Background: Alexander Calder, Alexander (July 22, 1898 – Nov. 11, 1976), sculptor, painter, and printmaker, was born in Philadelphia into a family of accomplished artists. His mother, Nanette Lederer, was a painter; his father, Alexander Stirling Calder, and his grandfather, Alexander Milne Calder, were well-known sculptors. Calder’s childhood home was a virtual studio. He was … More This Week in History: Alexander Calder died

This week in history: Birth of Pelé

Background: The greatest and most famous soccer player in history, Brazil’s Pelé revolutionized the game with his electrifying, creative, and athletic style of play. He was such an appealing player that he transcended national boundaries in a sport that is almost synonymous with nationalism. Pelé became a global ambassador of the sport, bringing increased attention … More This week in history: Birth of Pelé

This Week in History: The Long March

Background: “After the breakup of the First United Front of the Nationalist Party and the Chinese Communist Party in April 1927, the Chinese Communists retreated to the countryside and managed to establish some revolutionary bases in Jiangxi Province through guerrilla war. There, at Ruijin, they founded the Soviet Republic of China in November 1931. Feeling … More This Week in History: The Long March