The United States Secretary of State is the head of the United States Department of State, which is the federal government department responsible for international relations (foreign policy). The Secretary of State has a number of important functions such as: the organization and supervision of the Department of State and Foreign Service along with all other international U.S. activities, advising the President about foreign policy, negotiations and diplomacy with other countries, supervising immigration policy, communicating with Congress and U.S. citizens on matters of foreign policy and providing information and other services (such as passports) to citizens outside of U.S. borders. The Secretary of State is also a member of the Cabinet and the fourth in line to the President. Let’s find out which person was the first to take on this role.
Dogs Playing Poker is the name given to a series of paintings in many of which dogs are sitting at a table playing poker. The paintings are part of a series commissioned in 1903 by the advertising company Brown & Bigelow to promote cigars. However, the 9 paintings of the dogs playing poker are the most well known. Prints of the paintings are extremely popular in the United States and they have inspired a number of artists and spawned many parodies. The originals are very highly valued and 2 of the paintings, “Waterloo” and A “Bold Bluff”, sold as a pair at auction in 2005 for $590,400 after an initial guide price of $30,000 – $50,000. If you have ever wondered who painted these famous advertisements, keep reading to find out.
Rocky is a sports drama film that follows the character Rocky Balboa from club boxer through to the World Heavyweight Championship bout. The film was released in 1976 after being shot in just 28 days with a total budget of just $1 million. The movie turned out to be a hit and was a major critical and box office success making about $225 million. Not only was it the highest grossing film of the year, but it also won 3 Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director.
“The Persistence of Memory” is a famous oil on canvas painting which features a number of melting pocket watches. It is a widely recognized piece of art, and is often referenced and parodied in popular culture. Since 1934 the painting has been a part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. There are many theories about the meaning of the painting and it is still studied to this day. If you have ever wondered who painted this iconic painting, keep reading to find out.
Titanic was a film about the sinking of the famous ship sinking of the RMS Titanic. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet and follows their characters as they develop a romance on the vessel. Although the story follows closely to the actual account of the sinking of the ship, the romance plot and many of the characters are fictional. The film was released in 1997 and was an instant hit. It made over $1.8 billion at the box office, which was the first time a movie had made more than $1 billion and it remained the highest grossing film for 12 years. The film was nominated for 14 Academy Awards and it won a record 11 Oscars, including Best Director.