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PAINTER CUT HIS EAR ON THIS DAY IN 1888

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Vincent Van Gogh (1853 – 1890)  Painting by Australian artist John Russell.          

On December 23, 1888, Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh, suffering from
severe depression, cuts off the lower part of his left ear with a razor    
while staying in Arles, France.  He later documented the event in a
painting titled Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear. Today, Van Gogh is
regarded as an artistic genius and his masterpieces sell for record-
breaking prices; however, during his lifetime, he was a poster boy
for tortured starving artists and sold only one painting.
    


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A self-portrait by Vincent van Gogh with a bandaged ear. On
display in the
en:Courtauld Gallery.

An image of a large opened bible on a table top
Still Life with Open Bible, Extinguished Candle and Novel also Still
Life with Bible
, 1885.

An expansive painting of a wheatfield, with a footpath going through the centre underneath dark and forbidding skies, through which a flock of black crows fly.
Wheatfield with Crows, 1890.

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BUYER PEELS OFF BIG BUCKS FOR BANANA

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(FoxNews) – An odd piece of artwork that consists of a banana duct-taped to
a wall
has sold for $120,000 at a Miami art fair. The piece, titled "The
Comedian," was created by Italian artist  Maurizio Cattelan.

Two of the three editions of the banana artwork sold for $120,000 at the Art
Basel Miami festival and a third is expected to fetch $150,000.

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Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan is known for his satirical
sculptures.

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AD CAMPAIGN BEGAN ON THIS DAY IN 1944

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Smokey Bear is an campaign and advertising icon created by the  
U.S.
Forest Service with artist Albert Staehle (below). In the Wildfire
Prevention Campaign, which is the longest-running public service 
announcement (PSA) campaign in United States history.

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Albert Staehle  (1899 – 1974)

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HISTORY WAS MADE ON THIS DAY

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MIKE GRACIA

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On this day in 1971, President Nixon announced that he’d sent Henry Kissinger to China and that the result of these meetings was an agreement for a presidential trip to China to seek a ‘’normalization
of relations.”

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President Nixon shakes hands with Premier Chou En-lai of the
People’s Republic of China.

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President Richard Nixon and First Lady Pat Nixon Visiting the
Great Wall of China.

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IT MADE HISTORY ON THIS DAY

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ROSS SIMPSON

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George Washington (February 22, 1732 – December 14, 1799)

George Washington, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States,
served as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army during the
Revolutionary War, then was inaugurated as the first U.S. President
on April 30, 1789.

Washington’s legacy as a commander at Valley Forge, Yorktown, and
Boston was honored in 1917 when an asteroid was named after him:
the 886 Washingtonia asteroid.


General George Washington (left) and French military leader Marquis
de Lafayette at
Valley Forge during the winter of 1777–78 (AP)

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Washington praying at Valley Forge.

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A reproduction of Emanuel Leutze’s 1851 oil painting ‘Washington Crossing the Delaware." (Associated Press)


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