Gilbert and Sullivan‘s comic opera opened at the H.M.S. Pinafore Opera Comique in London on the 25th of May, 1878.
This poster is from the second year of the show’s run.
19th Century, British History, History, On This Day, Theatre, Victorian
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(Victoria Day) is a national holiday for Canada, celebrated on the final Monday before Queen Victoria’s birthday in late May. Fête de la Reine
This image is of children in Quebec celebrating with maypole dancing on the 24th of May, 1934.
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Young Morris dancers gather in Lymm, Cheshire, England on
Whit Monday, which fell on the 21st of May, 1923.
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The Khodynka Tragedy was a deadly stampede that happened during coronation celebrations for Russia’s last emperor,
Nicholas II, in 1896.
Falling on the 18
th of May on the old calendar (which equates to the 30 th of May on the new calendar), 1389 people were trampled or suffocated to death when panic broke out in a crowd of many thousands.
People crowd around one of the victims.
Evidence of the tragedy was cleared away before many at the event in Moscow became aware of it, and Nicholas and his wife Alexandra continued with their schedule, including attending a ball with French diplomats that evening. It was decided it was more important to have good relations with the French than to appease the people of the Russian Empire.
The minor imperial response to the disaster did no favours for the family’s public image.
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This early 1900s postcard is of the
Battle of Alamance, a pre-American Revolution battle that took place in North Carolina on the 16th of May, 1771.
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The winners of the 1919 Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, Maryland in the United States, photographed on the 14th of May.
Chicago-born jockey Johnny Loftus (13 October 1895 – 23 March 1976) won the race with Kentucky-bred thoroughbred Sir Barton.
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