FYI May 04, 2018


 
 

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On This Day

1776 – Rhode Island becomes the first American colony to renounce allegiance to King George III.
Rhode Island (/ˌroʊd -/ (About this sound listen)),[7][8] officially the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations,[9] is a state in the New England region of the northeastern United States. It is the smallest in area, the eighth least populous, and the second most densely populated of the 50 U.S. states. Its official name is also the longest of any state in the Union. Rhode Island is bordered by Connecticut to the west, Massachusetts to the north and east, and the Atlantic Ocean to the south via Rhode Island Sound and Block Island Sound. It also shares a small maritime border with New York.[10] The state capital and most populous city in Rhode Island is Providence.

On May 4, 1776, the Colony of Rhode Island became the first of the Thirteen Colonies to renounce its allegiance to the British Crown,[11] and it was the fourth among the newly independent states to ratify the Articles of Confederation on February 9, 1778.[12] The state boycotted the 1787 convention which drew up the United States Constitution[13] and initially refused to ratify it;[14] it was the last of the original states to do so, on May 29, 1790.[15][16]

Rhode Island’s official nickname is “The Ocean State”, a reference to the large bays and inlets that amount to about 14% of its total area.[2] Rhode Island covers 1,214 square miles (3,144 km2), of which 1,045 square miles (2,707 km2) are land.
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Born On This Day

1907 – Lincoln Kirstein, American soldier and playwright, co-founded the New York City Ballet (d. 1996)
Lincoln Edward Kirstein (May 4, 1907 – January 5, 1996) was an American writer, impresario, art connoisseur, philanthropist, and cultural figure in New York City, noted especially as co-founder of the New York City Ballet. He developed and sustained the company with his organizing ability and fundraising for more than four decades, serving as the company’s general director from 1946 to 1989. According to the New York Times, he was “an expert in many fields,” organizing art exhibits and lecture tours in the same years.[1]

Skipped to: World War II and Monuments Men
Further information: Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives program
Kirstein’s theatrical career was interrupted by the United States’ entry into World War II. He enlisted in 1943, and before going overseas, he started working on a project gathering and documenting soldier art. He eventually developed this as the exhibit and book Artists Under Fire. In the spring of 1944, Kirstein traveled to London for the U.S. Arts and Monuments Commission, and after a month, he was transferred to the unit in France that came to be known as the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives (MFAA). The section was devoted to rescuing and preserving European art.[12] In January 1945, Kirstein was promoted to private first class in Patton’s Third Army, and his unit moved to Germany. Kirstein was personally involved with retrieving artworks around Munich and from the salt mines at Altaussee. His article “The Quest for the Golden Lamb” about the quest was published in Town & Country in September 1945, the same month he was discharged from the army.

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