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Jonas Salk

Jonas Salk, 1991 On this day, April 26, in 1954, Jonas Salk’s polio vaccine began field trials. “The polio vaccine field trials of 1954, sponsored by the National Foundation for… […]

Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso, 1954 Pablo Picasso was born on this day, October 25, in 1881. Picasso was photographed by Karsh at Villa La Galloise, in July of 1954. “The maestro’s villa… […]

Earl Warren: Brown v. Board of Education

Earl Warren, 1955 On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a unanimous decision in “Brown v. Board of Education”, ruling that racial segregation in public educational facilities… […]

Ruth Draper

Ruth Draper, 1936 In 2019, 25 recordings were added to the United States Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry. One of them is Ruth Draper: “Complete recorded monologues” (1954-1956). Joining… […]

Christopher Plummer, 1929-2021

Christopher Plummer, 1959 Canadian actor Christopher Plummer has died. Plummer made his Broadway debut in 1954, and received multiple accolades including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor at the… […]

Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso, 1954 On June 24, in 1901, Pablo Picasso had his first exhibition in Paris, “Yo Picasso” (I Picasso), at the Galerie Vollard. Karsh photographed Picasso in 1954 at… […]

Linus Pauling

…of quantum chemistry and molecular biology. He is also one of only two people to be awarded Nobel Prizes in different fields – Nobel Prize for Chemistry, 1954; Nobel Peace… […]

Jonas Salk’s First Inoculations

Jonas Salk, 1991 Today marks the 67th anniversary of the first mass inoculation against polio with the Jonas Salk vaccine. It took place on February 23, 1954, at Arsenal Elementary… […]

Calgary Stampede

…spread about “the legend a stampede built” and thrillingly the magazine’s archive is available online. Maclean’s, January 1, 1954: “In Calgary’s one zany week of celebration even the neon signs… […]

Vivien Leigh

Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh, 1954 Academy Award-winning British stage and film actress Vivien Leigh was born on this day, November 5, in 1913. She won two Academy Awards for… […]

Walt Disney

Walt Disney, 1954 Animator, voice actor and film producer Walt Disney was born on December 5, in 1901. Disney was photographed by Karsh in May, 1954, two months before construction… […]

Earl Warren

Earl Warren, 1955 October 5th marks the anniversary of Earl Warren’s swearing-in as the 14th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in 1953. He would sit until 1969. The “Warren… […]

Albert Schweitzer

Albert Schweitzer, 1954 On this day, January 14, in 1875, Albert Schweitzer was born. Schweitzer was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize of 1952, and his acceptance speech, “The Problem of… […]

Lenore Tawney

Lenore Tawney, 1959 By request from a client in the Netherlands, these two portraits of American fiber artist Lenore Tawney have been freshly scanned. Tawney began weaving in 1954. Her… […]

“We Met in Paris”

Marguerite Yourcenar, 1987 Joan E. Howard is the director of Petite Plaisance, the former home of Marguerite Yourcenar and Grace Frick, and is the author of From Violence to Vision:… […]

Sir Alexander Fleming Discovers Penicillin

Sir Alexander Fleming, 1954 On this day, February 14, in 1929, Sir Alexander Fleming first published his discovery of penicillin in the British Journal of Experimental Pathology. Alexander Fleming was… […]

Richard Nixon’s Refusal

President-Elect Richard Nixon and Mrs. Nixon, January 1969 On this day, January 4, in 1974, President Richard Nixon refused to hand over tape recordings and documents that had been subpoenaed… […]

Picasso at Paris Photo

Claude Picasso at Paris Photo, 2017, by Robert Klein At this year’s Paris Photo, our representative, Robert Klein, of Robert Klein Gallery, included Pablo Picasso in his booth. A lingering… […]

Albert Camus

Albert Camus, 1954 French philosopher, author and journalist Albert Camus was born on this day, November 7, in 1913. Three years after he sat for Karsh, Camus would receive the… […]

André Malraux

André Malraux, 1954 French novelist and art theorist André Malraux was born on this day, November 3, in 1901. Malraux was appointed by President Charles de Gaulle as Minister of… […]

Nelson Rockefeller

Nelson Rockefeller, 1944 American businessman and politician Nelson Rockefeller was born on this day, July 8, in 1908 (d. 1979). His Sitting record, dated Mar 30, 1944, states his role… […]


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