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.
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.
American dancer Isadora Duncan was born on the 27th of May, 1877.
As a former dancer, I grew up being taught to admire her. However, I strongly disagree with quite a lot about her, including her pro-Communist, pro-Soviet views. These views led to her exile from the United States.
Duncan revolutionised dance, creating contemporary styles before her time, dancing barefoot and showing a preference for performing in flowing fabrics. She had a preference for scarves.
In the early 20th century.
This love of scarves was to be her downfall; in September, 1927 – at age fifty – her scarf became entangled in the automobile she was travelling in, breaking her neck and causing her death.
Here’s a picture of an itinerant photographer on Clapham Common in 1877. Clapham Common, in south London, was converted to parkland as ordered in the Metropolitan Commons Act of 1878. Before that it was common ground for the parishes of Battersea and Clapham.
I can’t remember ever visiting this big patch of greenery! Anyone who has ever lived in London has ‘their London’, the areas they know and consider the quintessential parts of the city. I’m not very familiar with the spots south of the river, as my time in the city was mostly around a few areas: The City and Holborn and also the Notting Hill sort of area, northwest of Hyde Park.