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From the May 7, 1956 issue of LIFE: "The look of the future is displayed by [MIT student] Dudley A. Buck, 29. In one hand is a cryotron, the tiny electronic device he is developing. In the other hand is the bulky glass tube it may replace...[The cryotron] may lay the groundwork for an electronic computer which occupies only a cubic foot instead of one now occupying 8,000 cubic feet..." (📷Gjon Mili/LIFE Picture Collection) #stem #computer #gjonmili @mitscience


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On February 21, 1964—less than two weeks after the Beatles first appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show—LIFE Magazine declared: "In 1776 England lost her American colonies. Last week the Beatles took them back. No sooner did the four ragmops set foot on US soil than we were theirs..." For our new book on the Fab Four, check out the link in bio. (📷 Daily Mirror/Mirrorpix/Getty Images) #beatles #LIFElegends #newbook


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Rest in peace, Little Richard! The iconic singer and songwriter has passed away at 87. To see more rare and unpublished photos of this legendary musician from our archive, check the link in bio. (📷Ralph Morse, 1971/LIFE Picture Collection) #littlerichard #LIFElegends


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From the January 25, 1963 issue of LIFE: "The shutter goes click, the seconds tick, you've got it in color just that quick! Thus Polaroid president Edwin H. Land peels the newest surprise from his photographic magic box, the Land Camera." Inventor and Polaroid co-founder Edwin Land was born #onthisday in 1909. To see examples of early Polaroid photography, check out the link in bio. (📷Fritz Goro/The LIFE Picture Collection) #polaroid #tbt #1960s #stem


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From the July 26, 1943 issue of LIFE: "Curious yearling Quarter Horse makes friendly overtures to shy barnyard cat." (📷Hansel Mieth/LIFE Picture Collection) #wildLIFEWednesday #horsesofinstagram #womenphotographers


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Happy Cinco de Mayo! According to the July 12, 1968 issue of LIFE—where this photo of women dancing in Mexico City appeared—"Mexico lives in high-altitude light, diamond-hard and sparkling. Its radiance envelops everything..." (📷John Dominis/LIFE Picture Collection) #cincodemayo #mexicocity #cdmx


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Audrey Hepburn was born 91 years ago #onthisday. According to the December 7, 1953 issue of LIFE, the young Audrey was "determinedly aloof...'I have to be alone very often,' she said. 'I'd be quite happy if I spent from Saturday night until Monday morning alone in my apartment. That's how I refuel.'" (📷George Karger, 1952/LIFE Images Collection) #audreyhepburn #1950s #LIFElegend


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Pet chihuahua's leash wrapped around fashionable owner's leg, New York, 1961. (Photo by Yale Joel/LIFE Picture Collection) #FashionFriday #vintageFashion #chihuahuasofinstagram #1960s


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A young woman carries the first portable television on a New York street. According to the December 13, 1948 issue of LIFE, this "easily transportable" 31-pound Sentinel TV has a "7-inch screen and sells for $206.90 complete." (📷George Skadding/LIFE Picture Collection) #tbt #tech #1940sfashion #newyork


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A stray tabby poses in front of US Navy Project Strato-Lab equipment, South Dakota, November 1956. (📷Grey Villet/LIFE Picture Collection) #catsofinstagram #stem #wildLIFEWednesday


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The legendary Ray Charles lounges in his Los Angeles home, 1966. To see more rare photos of the man Frank Sinatra called the "the only genius in our business," check the link in bio. (📷Bill Ray/LIFE Picture Collection) #LIFElegends #raycharles #musician


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National Babe Ruth Day was declared on April 27, 1947, in front of 60,000 people at Yankee Stadium. When he passed away, LIFE eulogized Ruth in its August 30, 1948 issue: "In his 53-year lifetime he won a unique hold on U.S. affections...he knocked so many home runs that millions of people came to think of baseball as something Babe Ruth invented." (📷Ralph Morse, 1948/LIFE Picture Collection) #baberuth #yankees #baseball #onthisday


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