On this day: the premiere of Haddon Hall

Haddon Hall, a light opera by Arthur Sullivan and Sydney Grundy, premiered at the Savoy Theatre in London on the 24th of September, 1892.

Courtice Pounds as John Manners in Haddon Hall, 1892.

The production was based on a 16th century legend of the elopement of Dorothy Vernon, the heiress of Haddon Hall, and John Manners. However the setting of the story was changed to the 17th century.

Manners_and_DorothyCourtice Pounds (John Manners) and Lucille Hill (Dorothy Vernon), 1892.

In the first performance the roles of Vernon and Manners were played by Lucille Hill and Courtice Pounds.

Haddon Hall's long gallery c.1890 Derbyshire, England. Country House.

Haddon Hall circa 1890

Haddon Hall is an English country house in Derbyshire, and is one of the seats of the Duke of Rutland. These days it is used in film adaptations of Jane Eyre.

On this day: Tornado damage in Rhode Island

The 1938 New England hurricane formed off the coast of Africa on the 9th, and hit the United States on the 21st of September.

Estimated to have killed at least 682 people, the destruction was photographed at Island Park in Rhode Island on the 22nd.

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Construction in NYC

An image of the United Nations building in New York under construction in 1949. The building was completed in 1952.

The Empire State Building is in the background.

Bizarrely, this image is often said to be the Empire State Building under construction, even though it was completed in 1931, and is clearly visible in the background!

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This is a 1949 image of the United Nations building in New York under construction in 1949. The building was completed in 1952.