American graphic designer Milton Glaser was born on this day, June 26, in 1929. He is most well known for the logo “I Love New York”
Benazir Bhutto was born on this day, June 21, in 1953. She was the first woman to head a democratic government in a Muslim majority nation.
The Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library “champions the literary, artistic, and cultural contributions of the late writer, artist, teacher, and Indianapolis native Kurt Vonnegut.
Herman Wouk was an American author best known for historical fiction such as The Caine Mutiny (1951) which won the Pulitzer Prize.
Britain’s first female prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, died on this day, April 8, in 2013.
On this day, February 11, in 1990, Nelson Mandela was released after 27 years in prison.
Philip Glass was born on this day, January 31, in 1937.
“Graciela Iturbide’s Mexico” opened at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, on January 19, 2019, and runs through May 12, 2019. The exhibition was curated by Kristen Gresh, Estrellita and Yousuf Karsh Curator of Photographs.
Jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie was born on this day, October 21, in 1917.
On this day, July 18, in 1918, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born.
Dr. Hans Selye was a pioneering Hungarian-Canadian endocrinologist known for demonstrating the existence of biological stress.
American author, journalist, and “unabashed contrarian” Tom Wolfe has died, aged 88.
On this day, May 10, in 1994, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was sworn in as the first black president of South Africa.
On this day, February 11, in 1990, Nelson Mandela was released from prison after 27 years in confinement.
45 years ago today the United States Supreme Court made its decision that a right to privacy extended to a woman’s decision to have an abortion.
Katharine Graham was an American publisher who led The Washington Post for more than two decades, overseeing the Watergate coverage that eventually led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon.
On this day, December 22, in 1967, Yousuf Karsh was appointed Officer of the Order of Canada.
On this day, November 22, in 1990, Margaret Thatcher announced her resignation. The first woman prime minister in British history was elected in 1979 and was the longest-serving British PM of the 20th century.
The educational children’s television program Sesame Street debuted on this day, November 10, in 1969, and featured Jim Henson’s Muppets.
On this day, October 15, in 1990, Mikhail Gorbachev was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize “for his leading role in the peace process which today characterizes important parts of the international community.”
Yousuf Karsh receiving his Companion of the Order of Canada in 1990.
Thirty years ago on this day, June 12, 1987, US President Ronald Reagan challenged Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down” the Berlin Wall.
“They Desire a Better Country: The Order of Canada in 50 Stories” includes portraits by Karsh, and, since he himself was a recipient of both the Companion of the Order of Canada and Officer of the Order of Canada, Karsh has his own section in the book.
The stamp was designed with a photograph by Yousuf Karsh, taken on Mandela’s first visit to Canada in 1990.