November 23, 1889—The 'Jukebox' Made its Debut
|The Palais Royale Saloon in San Francisco|
|For a nickel apiece a thrilled group tunes in on a screechy jukebox of the 1890s.
November 23, 1903—Caruso Sings in America
In 1903, Enrico Caruso made his American debut at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, appearing in “Rigoletto.” Italian tenor Caruso's debut in La Scala (1900) was a disaster, yet he went on to become an international star from 1903 - 1920. He appeared in various silent films and participated in the first U.S. public radio broadcast in 1910. Caruso's love letters reveal a life of epic operatic drama.
"I suffer so much in this life. That is what they [the audience] are feeling when I sing, that is why they cry. People who felt nothing in this life cannot sing." —Enrico Caruso
November 23, 1936—First Issue of Life Magazine
|Cover of first issue of Life magazine, featuring a story on the new |
Social Security Board. Courtesy of Clark Bane Hutchinson.
With every past issue of Life Magazine one will find pages upon pages of history to devour in any single sitting! Along with Look Magazine, Life would become one of the two major magazines of the era. Both Life and Look magazines popularized photojournalism in the 1930s.
"Embrace the past of word and song for the present is empowered to keep both alive as enrichment for the future."