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In 1956, Althea Gibson became the first Black player to win a Grand Slam tournament: the French Open. LIFE photographer Thomas McAvoy chronicled Gibson's win and tour of Europe, rare outtakes of which are shared here... #altheagibson
Dorothy Dandridge rehearsing with jazz musician Phil Moore before a performance at the Cafe de Paris nightclub in London, 1951. (Ed Clark / LIFE Picture Collection) #dorothydandridge
From the February 4, 1966 issue of LIFE: Harry Belafonte and Sidney Poitier on set of the 'The Strollin' Twenties," a television show developed and produced by Belafonte, hosted by Poitier, and written by Langston Hughes. (đź“·Henry Groskinsky / LIFE Picture Collection)r
Rest in peace to the iconic Cicely Tyson. Here she is singing 'We Shall Overcome' in the 1969 musical 'Trumpets of the Lord.' LIFE praised the unparalleled "authenticity and authority" of her performance. She will be missed. (đź“·G. Mili/The LIFE Picture Collection)#cicelytysonn7
A patient cat poses outside a roadside cafe, 1962. LIFE staffer John Loengard photographed this little creature for an (unpublished) story on the American diner. For more photos—and to help us identify where the diner was!—check out: life.com/lifestyle/drop… #diners
In advance of tonight's #CFBPlayoff, we're headed to a big Ohio State football game from 1948: life.com/history/ohio-s… #ohiostate
LIFE photographer Michael Rougier took 3k photos on his 1965 trip to recreate Shackleton's voyage. There were many animals, a number of bearded scientists, and a rather dramatic ending that (slightly) changed the Antarctic map. To learn more: life.com/destinations/a… #antarctica
Meet Debbie Drake, the first woman to host a fitness show on American television. "I want to be the most important exercise girl in the world," she told LIFE in 1962. For more on Debbie, check out: life.com/lifestyle/debb… (📷Alfred Eisenstadt, also in leotard/LIFE Pict. Coll.)W
Jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie signs an autograph for a very chic, very tiny fan. (📷Allan Grant, 1948 / LIFE Picture Collection) For more of our favorite Gillespie photos, check out: life.com/arts-entertain…L#jazzz#dizzygillespieeG
The legendary #PierreCardin has passed away at age 98. LIFE covered him throughout the 1960s, praising him as a "fashion revolutionary." Here are a few Cardin favorites from our archive. (📷B. Ray, B. Eppridge, P. Boulat / LIFE Picture Coll.)people.com/style/pierre-c…XV
From our November 17, 1961 issue: Santa Claus School students "practice a soft shoe with faculty member Joy Merkel." To study for your B.S.C. degree (that's a Bachelor in Santa Claus), check out: life.com/lifestyle/chri…
What's in the box? The man in the felt hat transported one of the world's most expensive items via the New York City subway in 1958. To find out what it was—with a surprise appearance by Meryl Streep!—check out: life.com/history/notes-…
The very first electric Christmas tree lights—a simple strand of red, white, and blue bulbs—were invented by Thomas Edison's Illumination Company in 1882. To see more Christmas joy (and beautifully lit trees!), check out: life.com/lifestyle/joyf… (📷E. Elisofon/LIFE Picture Coll.)a
The Christmas classic 'It's a Wonderful Life' was filmed in 90-degree heat during the summer of '46. Here's its star Jimmy Stewart cooling down on the California set. For more secrets from the film—including the suspicious ingredient in the snow—check out: life.com/arts-entertain…
Our latest special issue will make you go ahead and jump! To celebrate the genius and glee of Van Halen, check out: life.com/arts-entertain… #vanhalen
Gustave Eiffel, born on this day in 1832, ran the company that designed and built this iconic tower for the 1889 World's Fair. For our favorite photo of what Guy de Maupassant called 'this tall, lanky pyramid, this assemblage of iron ladders,' check out: life.com/destinations/t…
A little girl takes her ostrich out for a stroll, 1949. For more cute critters and kids, check out: life.com/animals/spring… (📷George Skadding/The LIFE Picture Collection)W
Rock legend Jim Morrison was born #otd in 1943. In 1968 LIFE wrote, "Morrison is a very good actor and a very good poet, one who speaks in short, beautiful bursts, like the Roman Catullus." (📷Y. Joel, 1968/LIFE Picture Coll.)life.com/people/jim-mor…W#jimmorrisonn3
During WWII, LIFE commissioned Hitchcock to direct a 'picture story' for the magazine about the perils of rumors. The story, 'Have You Heard?' premiered in the 7/13/42 issue, complete with a Hitchcock cameo. To 'watch' the picture story, check out: life.com/people/alfred-…
From our October 11, 1948 profile of jazz great Dizzy Gillespie, these classic photos show how Gillespie could expand his neck from his normal size 16 to a size 20 when playing. (📷A. Grant/LIFE Picture Collection) To spend the day with Dizzy, check out:life.com/arts-entertain…Lb
It's our birthday! The first issue of LIFE Magazine was published on November 23, 1936 with this monumental cover story by Margaret Bourke-White. To learn more, check out: life.com/history/lifes-…
A California family cruises down Route 30, 1948. To take a road trip on this iconic highway that stretches from Oregon to New Jersey, check out: life.com/destinations/r… (📷Allan Grant/LIFE Picture Collection)#roadtrippx
Joan Fontaine plays gin rummy with gossip columnist Sidney Skolsky on the set of "Jane Eyre," 1943. (📷John Florea/LIFE Picture Collection) For more of our favorite Hollywood card games, check out:life.com/lifestyle/card…mS
A cozy herd of elephants, 1948. For more of our favorite animal photos from the archives, check out: life.com/animals/life-m… (📷Cornell Capa/LIFE Picture Collection)9
Yesterday's incredible SpaceX launch reminds us of the original US astronauts: the Mercury Seven. Here's one of them, Donald Slayton, training in an orbital simulator, 1959. (📷R. Morse/LIFE Pict. Coll.) For more on these space pioneers, check out:life.com/history/mercur…9t
Georgia O'Keeffe was born 133 years ago today. In 1966, LIFE staffer John Loengard photographed the great artist at her home in New Mexico. To learn about his visit—and the artist herself—check out: life.com/arts-entertain… (📷John Loengard/LIFE Pict. Coll.)#georgiaokeeffeed
From the 3/1/68 issue: Sin May Zao models the latest Pierre Cardin. This photo is currently on display in Paris at Cornette de Saint-Cyr. To learn more about the exhibition—and to participate in an online auction tomorrow!—check out: life.com/arts-entertain…
Grace Kelly was born #onthisday in 1929. Here she is in NYC before her wedding to Prince Rainier. According to LIFE, these were "the last days spent in the U.S. by a beautiful Philadelphia girl before becoming a princess." To see her royal wedding: life.com/people/life-wi…
Let's take a look back at the very first official Veterans Day in 1954. The US hosted a very special party for more than 50,000 people across the country: life.com/history/first-… (📷Lisa Larsen/LIFE Picture Collection)0
From the November 10, 1947 issue of LIFE: "'[Rita Hayworth] learned steps,' Fred Astaire commented later, 'faster than anyone I'd ever known.'" To see more photos of the iconic actress and dancer, check out: life.com/arts-entertain… (📷John Florea/LIFE Picture Collection)6
President-Elect Biden will bring his two German shepherd to live at the White House. This continues a legacy of presidential pets, such as LBJ's beagles, FDR's Scottie, and Eisenhower's Weimeraner. To hear a president talk about his beloved dog, check out: life.com/animals/roosev…
From the November 20, 1964 issue: Tank, a three-month-old puppy from Connecticut, in a contemplative pose. For more cuddly Yorkies, check out: life.com/animals/yorksh… (📷Nina Leen/LIFE Picture Collection)#WildLIFEWednesdayy#yorkiess5
A smiling Robert F. Kennedy leaves the polling booth after casting his vote in the '60 presidential election. To spend Election Day with a US president, check out the link below. Hint: there will be hats and horses. (đź“·Paul Schutzer/LIFE Picure Collection)bit.ly/2HZxrCUIA
Cheerleaders practice in mid-air, 1958. Today marks the 122nd anniversary of organized cheerleading in the US. To learn more about the sport—and see our favorite spirited photos from the archives!—check out: life.com/arts-entertain… (Paul Schutzer/LIFE Picture Collection)
Rest in peace, Sean Connery. Here he is on set of the film "Shalako" with Brigitte Bardot, 1968. For more rare photos of the great actor from our archive, check out: life.com/people/sean-co… (Bill Ray/LIFE Picture Collection)
Did you know that the original LIFE Magazine (1936-72) only had one Halloween cover? It was taken by the great Kiwi photographer George Silk using a technique called strip photography. To see the cover and more examples of this in-camera effect, check out: life.com/arts-entertain…
A small pumpkin-headed creature peers through a bedroom window, 1941. Come with LIFE to a vintage Halloween party by clicking here: life.com/arts-entertain… (William Shrout/LIFE Picture Collection) #halloween #pumpkinhead
We began covering yoga in the US in 1937, noting that a practitioner could "join himself with a higher world-soul." To see some of our favorite yoga photos from our archives — and to learn the stories behind them — check out : life.com/lifestyle/yoga… #yoga
In 1962, 152 black cats answered a newspaper ad to star in the latest Roger Corman classic "Tales of Terror." LIFE was there to catch the auditions with stars Peter Lorre and Vincent Price. To see more and find out who won the role, check out: life.com/animals/black-… #blackcats
Join us in Paris (or online!) at 3pm CET/9am ET on Saturday, November 14 for a special auction of limited edition LIFE photographs. To learn more and find out how you can participate, check out the beautiful catalogue here: bit.ly/2HCiuGk
A lone figure at Gallow's Hill in Salem, Massachusetts, 1949. For more of our favorite spooky places (just in time for Halloween!), check out: magazine.store/life-the-most-…
Young woman in a trompe l'oeil raincoat by Hermès, November 1952. For more of our favorite 1950s fashion photos by the legendary Gordon Parks, check out: life.com/lifestyle/beyo… @GParksFound @Hermes_Paris
The legendary photojournalist Robert Capa was born #onthisday in 1913. After hearing about his tragic death, Hemingway cabled to LIFE: he “was a great and very brave photographer… He was so much alive that it is a hard long day to think of him as dead.” life.com/photographer/r…
Two intrepid dogs enjoy a dip in Central Park's Bethesda Fountain, 1961. (📷Leonard McCombe/LIFE Picture Collection) For more photos of a perfect day in Manhattan's largest green space, check out:life.com/destinations/c…t#dogsoftwitterrf
The legendary Mickey Mantle was born on this day in 1931. In a 1956 profile, LIFE called him "a prodigy of power" with "qualities no other slugger could match." To see more of the man on and off the field, check out: life.com/people/mickey-… (J. Dominis, 1965/LIFE Picture Coll.)
Did you watch 'The Trial of the Chicago 7' on Netflix this weekend? Multiple LIFE photographers covered the 1968 protests in Chicago; to see their rare and unpublished photos check out: life.com/history/unpubl… #trialofthechicago7 #protest
A young couple on a tiny, private island in Lake George, 1941. To learn more about the photographer Nina Leen, check out: life.com/arts-entertain… (📷Nina Leen/LIFE Picture Collection)#socialdistancingg#womenphotographerssb
Pablo Picasso in his minotaur mask at the beach, 1949. For more Halloween costume (and mask!) inspiration, check out: life.com/lifestyle/hall… (📷Gjon Mili/LIFE Picture Collection)#picassooN
Looking for a new 'work from home' outfit? May we suggest the "Canasta Pajamas" by Jacques Fath? For more of our favorite 1950s fashion covers, check out: life.com/lifestyle/see-… #FashionFriday #WFH (📷Sharland/LIFE Picture Collection)V
How did LIFE's photographs become iconic? Join us at 5:30pm EDT tonight for a free, live webinar with the Princeton University Art Museum as part of the exhibit "LIFE Magazine and the Power of Photography." More info & registration here: artmuseum.princeton.edu/calendar/2020-… @PUArtMuseum
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