On this day: a Royal Visit in Canada

King Edward VII came to power in January of 1901, upon the death of his mother, Queen Victoria. The King’s son and heir and his wife, the Duke of York and the Duchess of Cornwall, subsequently went on a world tour of British territories.

They are photographed here in Ottawa, Canada’s capital city, attending a lacrosse tournament on the 21st September.

Ottawa Canada Duke's visit, 21st September, 1901. Royal party at Lacrosse match. 1901 royal tour of Canada by Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York. Edwardian era.

That day the Duke also presented medals:

Christmas in Canada

This photograph was taken on Christmas Day, 1901 in Ontario, Canada. People play ice hockey on the Rideau Canal in the capital city, Ottawa. The original image is slightly darker.


Ice_hockey_1901 Hockey on the [Rideau] Canal [Christmas Day 1901]. 25 December 1901 Ottawa, Ontario. Canada. Winter Black and White

On this day: Nocton Hall is Gutted by Fire

Nocton_Hall_1901 Nocton Hall as it appeared in Country Life on the 28th of September, 1901. Lincolnshire, England. Gutted by fire in 2004.

The Hall in Country Life. 28th September 1901.

On the 24th of October, 2004, Nocton Hall – a Grade II listed building in Lincolnshire, England – was gutted by fire for a second time. The Hall is the former home of Frederick John Robinson, 1st Earl of Ripon, who served as British Prime Minister in the 1820s.

An investigation concluded the destruction was caused by arson, but so far nobody has been arrested.

In addition to being home to a number of prominent residents, the Hall was also used as a location to treat wounded soldiers in both the First and Second World Wars.

The current building is a nineteenth-century construction that was built to replace the original sixteenth-century house, which was also destroyed by fire.

Today, the ruined house stands empty while its future is debated.

What Happened on Twenty-third Street, New York City.

The short film What Happened on Twenty-third Street, New York City was released in August, 1901.

Depicting a couple walking down the street in New York, the woman’s skirts are lifting by air when she walks over a grate.

While it only runs for 77 seconds, the film is credited with providing inspiration for similar scenes in movies in the decades afterwards.

On this day: American political satire

American Puck magazine’s edition for the 6th of April 1901. It shows a woman – Columbia, the female personification of the United States – wearing an Easter hat called “World Power”.

This edition was published the day before Easter.


Puck_cover2Cover of Puck magazine, 6 April 1901. Columbia's Easter bonnet - Ehrhart after sketch by Dalrymple.

On this day…

The Nutcracker ballet, in a photograph dated the 11th of December, 1966. The Snow Queen and Snow King are played by Jiji Jahrig and Charlie Putman, and the Snowflakes are Sherry Darmopray, Christy Darmopray and Linda Vigil. The picture comes from The Denver Post.


DEC 5 1966, DEC 11 1966; Charlie Putman and Jiji Jahrig appear as the Snow King and Snow Queen and d

On this day: the first barrel trip over Niagara Falls


Annie Taylor with her barrel, and a cat that might be the one that also survived the trip over the Falls. X

On her sixty-third birthday, on the 24th of October, 1901, Annie Edson Taylor became the first person to survive a trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel.

Born in New York, after the death of her son and her husband Taylor worked as a dance and music teacher. However, fearing poverty and a life in the poorhouse, she decided to find fame by making the trip over the falls.

The barrel was custom-made for the event, and was first tested with a cat inside. The cat cut its head but lived, which convinced Taylor it was possible to survive the trip.

She found some resistance and lack of support due to people not wanting to be associated with a suicide jump.

However, the jump did go ahead, beginning on the American side of the falls. The current pulled the barrel across into Canadian territory.

Taylor survived the jump, with only a small gash on her head in the way of injuries.


While she made some money from the stunt, Taylor’s manager ran away both with the barrel and most of her earnings.

On this day: the renaming of the White House


The White House in 1901 X

The Executive Mansion, home to the US President, was officially renamed the White House by President Theodore Roosevelt on the 12th of October, 1901.

The new name had been unofficially used for at least ninety years before the change was made.

On this day: the world’s first cruise ship

The Prinzessin Victoria Luise, recognised as the world’s first cruise ship, was launched on the 29th of June, 1900.


Her maiden voyage came on the 5th of January the following year, travelling from Hamburg to New York.

1901 Scientific American cover showing photos of the German cruise ship Prinzessin Victoria Luise, the first of its kind.


Only five years later her career came to an end when the ship became lodged on rocks in Jamaica. The captain shot himself in his cabin, and the passengers were not rescued until the following morning.

The ship was declared a total loss soon after.