April 8, what happened on a day like today


In 2003, the UNAM Film Library received a gold Ariel

The UNAM film library received the Ariel de Oro award, granted by the Mexican Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences of Mexico. The distinction recognized the work of the Institution, to rescue and preserve national cinema for more than 40 years. The rector reiterated the commitment of the University, since it is up to the UNAM Film Library to safeguard, rescue and restore a good part of Mexican cinema.

In 1997 the supercomputer “SGI Origin 2000” began to work at UNAM

On April 8, 1997, the rector Francisco Barnés put into operation the most complete supercomputer in Latin America and one of the largest in the world, the Cray Origin 2000 Silicon Graphics in the Machine Room of the DGSCA. The machine, identified since then as “Berenice”, consists of an S2MP-type architecture, 40 processors (each with a performance of 340 megaflops). Modularly it could grow to 128 processors, 256 gigabytes of core memory, and hundreds of terabytes of disk drives. It is an innovative piece of equipment for the time it was inaugurated, at which time Berenice put the university at the forefront of computing.

In 1914 she was born and in 2002 she died María Félix

Renowned Mexican actress and singer, she is considered one of the most important female figures of the famous Golden Age of Mexican Cinema. She owns a strong personality, “la Doña” is one of the most beautiful women in the cinema of her time and one of the most iconic erotic myths of Spanish-speaking cinema. Together with Jorge Negrete, Pedro Armendáriz and Dolores del Río, she represents the greatest figures of Latin American cinema of the 1940s and 1950s. During her career in the seventh art she filmed 47 films, she was awarded numerous prizes such as the one she won in 1996 , the order Commandeur dans I´Ordre National des Arts et des Lettres, the highest distinction granted by the French government, being María Félix the first woman to receive it in Latin America.

Izzy Stradlin was born in 1962.

Famous American musician, he stood out as a soloist, guitarist, composer and record producer of his own albums. Recognized multi-instrumentalist, singer and great composer, thanks to his fame he was part of the emblematic group of the late 80’s, Guns N’ Roses. He especially highlighted his participation in the rhythm guitar and in a large part of the compositions, until his departure from the group in 1991. After leaving the band, he continued his solo career with projects such as Izzy and the Ju Ju hounds. Izzy was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.

In 1973 Pablo Picasso died.

Renowned Spanish painter, he stood out as a sculptor and stage designer. He is credited, along with Georges Braque, with being the creators of Cubism. Considered one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, his works include: Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, cataloged as the gateway to cubism. After experimenting with geometric shapes, he developed his famous work The Three Musicians and El Guernica, both considered his masterpieces. His artistic movements defined as personal, are “blue period” and “pink period”, recognized by a greater softness in the tones and the appearance of characters related to the world of the circus.

In 1908 Tito Guízar was born.

Renowned Mexican singer and actor, he led the way to Hollywood for Aztec artists and was the first charro singer in that city. In Mexico, he gained popularity in the charro genre, thanks to the film Allá en el rancho grande, which first became famous in 1936. Considered a milestone in Mexican cinema, the film marked the beginning of the so-called “Golden Age”. of the films that would define national identity for a generation.

In 1972 Paul Gray was born.

Famous American musician, he stood out as a bassist and composer of the Heavy Metal genre. He is known as a co-founding member of the Nu Metal band Slipknot. Thanks to the group was awarded a Grammy Award in 2004, they were also nominated for seven awards in the category of Best Metal Performance.

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