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Nelson Mandela’s Birthday

Happy 94th Birthday, Nelson Mandela!

In addition to being President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, “Mandela devoted his life to the service of humanity – as a human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience, and international peacemaker, and the first democratically elected president of a free South Africa.” – UN.org

Though July 18 has been celebrated as Mandela Day by a variety of groups since July 2009, the UN officially declared this date an international annual day in honor of Mandela in November 2009. Since then, July 18, or Mandela Day, has become a day to celebrate Mandela’s birthday while honoring the work and contributions he’s made toward peace, freedom, and equality by taking action and helping others in an effort to make the world a better place.

How do you celebrate Mandela Day? It’s simple!

Mr. Mandela gave 67 years of his life fighting for the rights of humanity. All we are asking is that everyone gives 67 minutes of their time, whether it’s supporting your chosen charity or serving your local community.”

- Mandeladay.com

For inspiration, check out Mandeladay.com’s 67 ways to change the world.

Sources: Wikipedia, UN.org, Mandeladay.com

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George Eastman’s Birthday

July 12 celebrates George Eastman’s (July 12, 1854 – March 14, 1932 ) 158th birthday!

You might not recognize the name “George Eastman,” but no doubt you’ve heard of his company: Kodak. After inventing roll film, Eastman founded Kodak in 1880, setting out to, in his own words, “make the camera as convenient as the pencil.” In 1888, he introduced the Kodak camera, and the rest is history…Head over to Kodak to learn more about the history of Kodak and the man who started it all.

But Eastman was more than an inventor and entrepreneur. He was also well-known for his philanthropy, establishing and supporting the Eastman School of Music and contributing over $100 million to other various organizations and institutions, including the University of Rochester, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Tuskegee Institute, and several dental clinics.

Celebrate George Eastman’s birthday by releasing your inner photographer and/or philanthropist in honor of the man who made mainstream photography possible and used his profits to help others.

Sources: Wikipedia, Kodak, Idea Finder

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Frida Kahlo’s Birthday

I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best.”

- Frida Kahlo, quoted in Frida Kahlo 1907-1954: Pain and Passion by Andrea Kettenmann

July 6, 2012 celebrates Frida Kahlo’s 105th birthday. Though her paintings display the fantasy and dream-like quality of surrealism, Khalo, a Mexican painter well known for her self-portraits, never considered herself a surrealist, asserting that she didn’t paint her dreams but her reality. Khalo’s work reflects the physical and psychological pain she endured through out her life – from the 32 surgeries, long periods of isolation and recovery, miscarriages, and lifetime of pain that resulted from a traffic accident in 1925 to her volatile marriage to Mexican artist Diego Rivera. In a biography of Kahlo published in Oxford University Press’s Grove Art Online, Hayden Herrera described Khalo’s self-portraits as “a kind of exorcism by which she projected her anguish on to another Frida, in order to separate herself from pain and at the same time confirm her hold on reality.”

Though undoubtedly unwanted, Kahlo’s suffering led to beautiful works of art, literally – Khalo began her painting career while immobilized and isolated for three months after her accident. Constantly examining herself through her self-portraits, Khalo was not afraid of being vulnerable and openly displaying her physical and emotional wounds. Khalo’s personal subject matter combined with bright colors, surreal and primitive style, and the influence of Mexican culture resulted in close to 200 striking and powerful paintings, 55 of which are self-portraits.

Frida Kahlo’s 2013 calendars are for sale at Calendars.com.

Sources: Wikipedia, Modern Museum of Art, The Guardian

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