On this day: the opening of the Queen Victoria Building

Designed as a marketplace, the Queen Victoria Building in Sydney, Australia opened on the 21st of July, 1898.

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The building was designed in Victorian Romanesque style by Scottish-born architect George McRae, and constructed between 1893 and 1898.

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More than a thousand guests attended a ball on the night of the building’s opening, where Sydney’s Lord Mayor, Matthew Harris, gave a speech.

The Sydney icon survived twentieth-century discussions of remodelling and even demolition, and today is a popular tourist attraction and shopping destination.

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On this day: a wreck in Australia

The clipper Hereward wrecked on Maroubra Beach, south of Sydney, on the 7th of May, 1898. This photograph of the scene was taken by Arthur Wigram Allen, lawyer and enthusiastic amateur photographer.

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the clipper Hereward wrecked on Maroubra Beach, South of Sydney on 7 May 1898. Arthur Allen photographer.

New York’s Easter Parade

Between 1910 and 1915

New York City has hosted an Easter parade on Fifth Avenue since the 19th century. Taking place on Easter Sunday, for decades it was one of the most significant cultural events of the year.

Here are some images of the parade from the late 19th and early 20th centuries:

1898

Fifth_Avenue_Easter_Parade,_1898 Fifth Avenue and the Easter Parade, New York 1898.

1899

Easter_parade_Fifth_Avenue_1899. Easter Parade on Fifth Avenue, New York 1899.

1900

EasterParade1900 Fifth Avenue in New York City on Easter Sunday in 1900

1905

Easter_Parade_1905Easter Parade on Fifth Avenue, New York 1905

1912

Easter_Parade_1912 Easter Parade on Fifth Avenue, New York 1912.

1914

Easter_parade_1914 Easter Parade, New York 1914.

On this Day: the invention of Pepsi-Cola

574px-Pepsi_Cola_logo_1902_svgThe first logo used by Pepsi from 1898 to 1905.

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Carbonated soft drink Pepsi, invented by American pharmacist Caleb Bradham, had its official birthday on the 28th of August, 1898.

Caleb_Davis_BradhamPhotograph of Caleb Davis Bradham (1867-1934), inventor of Pepsi-Cola.

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Aged thirty-one at the time, Bradham had been selling the drink under the name “Brad’s Drink” in his North Carolina store. The name was changed to Pepsi-Cola after pepsin and kola nuts, both ingredients in the drink.

 

On this day: the premiere of Thaïs

1895 poster for Jules Massenet's opera Thaïs. This dates it to the original run.

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Thaïs, a opera by Jules Massenet, had its premiere at the Opéra Garnier in Paris on the 16th of March, 1894.

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Sibyl Sanderson in 1891

Massenet wrote the title role for American soprano Sibyl Sanderson, who performed in the premiere.

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Jules Massenet in 1895

A famously difficult opera to perform, a revised version was presented at the same theatre four years after the first performance, though the production remains reserved for only the most talented singers.

 

On this day: the SS Mohegan sank in 1898

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The steamer the SS Mohegan sank off the coast of the Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall on the 14th of October, 1898. 106 of the 197 on board died, including Isadora Duncan’s father, stepmother and sister.

The Mohegan wrecked on the Manacles

The Mohegan wrecked on the Manacles

Because all of the officers on board died in the wreck, no definite answers were ever given for why they had veered so far off course.

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Recovered bodies are buried in a mass grave.