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Today is Thursday, Jan. 15, the 15th day of 2004 with 351 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Saturday, Sept. 27, the 270th day of 2003 with 95 to follow.
By United Press International

Board games show U.S. cultural history

NEW YORK, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- An unusual category of Americana is being accorded a fun-and-games exhibition at the New York Historical Society that reflects the nation's cultural history from the 1840s to 1910.
FREDERICK M. WINSHIP

The Almanac

Today is Wednesday, Jan. 15, the 15th day of 2003 with 350 to follow.
By United Press International

A Blast from the Past

In 2002, John Walker Lindh, a 20-year-old American seized with the Taliban in Afghanistan, was charged on this date with conspiring to kill U.S. citizens and abetting terrorist groups. He was returned to the United States for trial on Jan. 23 and indicted
By United Press International

A Blast from the Past

The weekly UPI Blast from the Past package for Jan. 13-19.
By United Press International

A Blast from the Past

Voters went to the polls on this date in 2000 to elect a president but the outcome of one of the closest presidential elections in decades would not be known for more than a month. The race between Republican George W. Bush, the eventual winner, and Democ
By United Press International

A Blast from the Past

The weekly UPI Blast from the Past package for Nov. 4-10.
By United Press International

Feature:US folk art nurtured patriot theme

NEW YORK, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- The flag-waving show of patriotism that swept the United States after the Sept. 11 disaster and the subsequent war on terrorism reflects a love of country that has been a dominant theme in American folk art since the birth of the nation.
FREDERICK M. WINSHIP

The Almanac

Today is Friday, Sept. 27, the 270th day of 2002 with 95 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Tuesday, Jan. 15, the 15th day of 2002 with 350 to follow.
By United Press International

A Blast From The Past

Today is Jan. 15.
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

A Blast From The Past

Today is Jan. 14.
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

A Blast from the Past

Today is Nov. 7.
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, Un ited Press International

A Blast From The Past

Today is Nov. 7.
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International
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Thomas Nast (September 27, 1840 – December 7, 1902) was a German-born American caricaturist and editorial cartoonist who is considered to be the "Father of the American Cartoon". Among his notable works were the creation of the modern version of Santa Claus as well as the political symbols of both major United States political parties: the Republican elephant and the Democratic donkey and Uncle Sam.

He was born in the barracks of Landau, Germany (in the Rhine Palatinate), the son of a trombonist in the 9th regiment Bavarian band. The elder Nast's socialist political convictions put him at odds with the German government, and in 1846 he left Landau, enlisting first on a French man-of-war and subsequently on an American ship. He sent his wife and children to New York City, and at the end of his enlistment in 1849 he joined them there. Thomas Nast's passion for drawing was apparent from an early age, and he was enrolled for about a year of study with Alfred Fredericks and Theodore Kaufmann and at the school of the National Academy of Design. After school (at the age of 15), he started working in 1855 as a draftsman for Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper; three years afterward, for Harper's Weekly.

Nast drew for Harper's Weekly from 1859 to 1860 and from 1862 until 1886. In February 1860, he went to England for the New York Illustrated News to depict one of the major sporting events of the era, the prize fight between the American John C. Heenan and the English Thomas Sayers sponsored by George Wilkes, publisher of Wilkes' Spirit of the Times. A few months later, as artist for The Illustrated London News, he joined Garibaldi in Italy. Nast's cartoons and articles about the Garibaldi military campaign to unify Italy captured the popular imagination in the U.S. In 1861, he married Sarah Edwards, whom he had met two years earlier.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Thomas Nast."
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