Damage on the dockside. X
The Great Fire of Saint John occurred in New Brunswick, Canada on the 20
th of June, 1877.
It was after two in the afternoon when a spark fell onto hay in a storehouse, sparking a fire that burnt for nine hours. At least nineteen people were killed and many more were injured.
1612 structures were destroyed, including fourteen hotels, eight churches, six banks, and a number of boats. The heat of the flames was so great that some buildings were said to have burst into flames before the fire reached them.
Cities all over the world donated money to the rebuilding effort, including Chicago, a city that had suffered
a massive fire less than six years before.
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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.
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On the 14th of April, 1877 Leslie’s monthly magazine announced the March 23 execution of John D. Lee, who took part in the
Mountain Meadows massacre in 1857.
The massacre involved the Mormon
, accompanied by some Utah Territorial Militia Native Americans, killing between 100 and 140 members of an emigrant party in Utah. Paiute
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John D. Lee sits beside his coffin in Utah moments before his execution by firing squad on the 23rd of March, 1877.
He was the only person who was ever punished for playing a part in the 1857
Mountain Meadows massacre, when a Mormon militia killed over a hundred non-Mormon settlers over a number of days in September.
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The University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada received its charter on the 28
th of February, 1877.
The university was officially opened on the 20
th of June the same year, and awarded its first degrees in 1880.
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Snow Scene on the Northeast Corner of the Boston Common. From about 1875, and by Josiah Johnson Hawes.
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Essex County Cricket Club was founded at a meeting in
Chelmsford‘s Shire Hall on the 14th of January, 1876.
The Essex team in 1897. X
The sport of cricket had been in the area since some time in the 16th century, but no major teams were organised until the late Victorian era. Essex CCC became First-Class in 1894.
Most of the team’s home games are played in Chelmsford, the county town of Essex.
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