On this day: Elizabeth Gaskell was born

1832 portrait of English writer and biographer Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-65)

Elizabeth Gaskell in 1832, the year of her marriage.

English author Elizabeth Gaskell, the Victorian era creator of stories such as Cranford and North and South, was born on the 29th of September, 1810.

Her first novel, Mary Barton, was published in 1848.

Miss Matty and her brother Peter from Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell 1917

A 1917 illustration of Cranford.

Cranford and North and South, both of which have recently been adapted into very popular television series, were published in the 1850s.

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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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