Foyer de Danse, a ballet by English choreographer Frederick Ashton, had its premiere on the 9th of October, 1932.
This footage (begins 24 seconds in) from the 1932 production features Ashton alongside English prima ballerina Alicia Markova (born Lilian Alice Marks):
Ashton would go on to become one of ballet’s best-known choreographers. His productions of ballets such as Cinderella and La fille mal gardée are still seen onstage at the Royal Opera House on a regular basis.
Auguste and Louis Lumière, better known as the “Lumière Brothers“, released a film titled Le Squelette Joyeux in 1898. It features a skeleton that dances joyously even as it falls apart and puts itself back together.
Saved from the Titanic, a short film about the sinking of the RMS Titanic, was released on the 14th of May, 1912.
Created immediately after the ship sank a month earlier, the film is notable for starring silent film actress Dorothy Gibson, who had actually been on the Titanic when the disaster occurred.
In the film, Gibson wore the same clothes she’d been wearing when she’d been rescued from the ship. She was twenty-two at the time (she would have a birthday three days after the movie’s release), and suffered a breakdown afterwards. She never acted on the screen again.
Saved from the Titanic is considered a lost film, as no copies are known to have survived.
As you’ve probably seen all over the news and the internet, today is the day Back to the Future officially becomes something set entirely in the past. The iconic 1980s film franchise got the year 2015 a little wrong…
Marty McFly arrives in the year 2015 at 4:29pm on the 21st of October. Which would be right now.
Of course, as he’s over on the west coast of the United States, there’s still a whole day to go before the official time, but I don’t care – I’m going by the time it is here, on Australia’s east coast!