Thursday, April 22, 2010

Pop History Moment: The New York World's Fair Opened


On this day in 1964 the World's Fair opened at New York City's Flushing Meadows Corona Park; the fair ran for two six months seasons, concluding in October 1965. Unlike previous events it ran without the sanction of the Bureau of International Expositions, and despite the fact that the Fair's theme was 'Peace Through Understanding', most of the pavilions on the vast property represented companies, rather than countries.

The symbol of the fair is the Unisphere (shown above), which symbolized 'Man's Achievement on a Shrinking Globe in an Expanding Universe'. While in real life it lay in disrepair for many years (during which time its empty pool was mainly used by skateboarders), since 1989 the site has been extensively rehabilitated and its fountains are back on again.

MSM NOTE: Some of you may remember, in the 1997 film Men in Black the Unisphere was mowed down by a giant cockroach wearing the skin of an upstate New York farmer. Good times...

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