Roger Mickelson’s History Today 4.8.14

    Today is Equal Pay Day    
Businesses have been emphasizing “job accomplishment” in the workplace, regardless of gender (or any other discriminator). Progress has been made over the last years.
In 1614, painter, sculptor, and architect El Greco (the Greek, born Doménikos Theotokópoulos in Crete) died in Toledo, Spain, at the age of 73. No followers of any consequence remained in Toledo after El Greco’s death in 1614. Only his son and a few unknown painters produced weak copies of the master’s work. His art was so personally and so highly individual that it could not survive his passing.


El Greco, The Burial of the Count of Orgaz

El Greco, The Burial of the Count of Orgaz (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1820, the Venus de Milo statue was discovered by a farmer on the Greek Island of Milos. An inscription that is not displayed with the statue states that “Alexandros, son of Menides, citizen of Antioch of Maeander made the statue.” The general composition derives from a 4th-century-BC Corinthian statue. The action and modernized drapery give the Venus great nobility. The statue is a conspicuous example of the Hellenistic sculptural tradition’s academic traits and close reliance on older masterpieces.


Venus De Milo

Venus De Milo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1864, the Senate passed the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, abolishing slavery in the United States and its possessions, by a vote of 38-6.
Joint Resolution Proposing the Thirteenth Amen...

Joint Resolution Proposing the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, 01/31/1865 – 01/31/1865 (Photo credit: The U.S. National Archives)

In 1913, the 17th Amendment to the Constitution, providing for the popular vote of US Senators vice appointment by state legislatures, was ratified.
In 1973, Pablo Picasso, perhaps the most influential artist of the 20th century, died in Mougins, France.


Pablo Picasso.

Pablo Picasso. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today, the Celebration of Buddha’s birth is commemorated by most practitioners of Buddhism in Japan celebrate the birth of the Buddha, who lived in India sometime between the 6th and the 4th century BC and founded Buddhism.
Golden Buddha Statue of Gold Buddhism Religion

Golden Buddha Statue of Gold Buddhism Religion (Photo credit:

Regards, Roger Mickelson
Source material includes Associated Press International and Encyclopædia Britannica.
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