First concerto of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
U.S. Mint in New Orleans begins operation (producing dimes)
U.S. Commodore Matthew C. Perry's second trip to Japan
First train crosses first U.S. railway suspension bridge, Niagara Falls
Opera I Pagliacci is produced in Naples [ed - seems to have premiered May 19 1893 -- if so, remove (not our time frame); author (Ruggero Leoncavallo) may have been born in 1858 (some disagreement) -- check!]
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posted on Colonial Sense: 03/07/2014 Rare book offers clues to China's musical past March 04, 2014, BBC (UK) by Staff A book stored in Cambridge for the last two centuries has been identified as a rare record of early Chinese music.
The significance of the book, entitled Xian Di Pipa Pu, was recognised last month by a visiting Chinese scholar.
According to Professor Zhiwu Wu of the Xinghai Conservatory in Guangzhou, the book is a "rare volume of pre-modern Chinese musical notation".
The book was brought to England from China in the early 19th Century after surviving a Napoleonic naval skirmish.
posted on Colonial Sense: 03/07/2014 History reburied? NY's 1755 battle site covered up March 02, 2014, The Associated Press by Chris Carola The French and Indian War battle won here by green Colonial troops is just a footnote in most history books, but the way Randy Patten sees it, the New England farmers who fell during an ambush that opened the fighting didn't need to be buried a second time, 250 years later.
In the 1990s, a businessman was granted permission by the town of Lake George to fill in his vacant, sloping property. The land borders the wooded ravine where about 1,000 British Colonial troops and 200 of their Mohawk Indian allies were ambushed by a larger force of French and Indians on the morning of Sept. 8, 1755.
posted on Colonial Sense: 03/02/2014 Bonnie Prince Charlie portrait found by art historian Bendor Grosvenor March 21, 2014, The Guardian (UK) by Maev Kennedy A genuine and acceptably bonny portrait of Bonnie Prince Charlie has been rediscovered, by the remorseful art historian who broke hearts in the Scottish souvenir industry by debunking the best-known portrait of the national hero, immortalised on countless tins of shortbread.
The long-lost portrait of the pink-cheeked prince was painted in Edinburgh in 1745 by one of Scotland's most renowned artists, Allan Ramsay, in the year the Young Pretender, grandson of the deposed Stuart king James II, launched a doomed invasion of England in an attempt to restore his family to the throne. It is the only known portrait of the prince made in Britain: the butchery of the battle of Culloden ended the Jacobite rebellion, Charles spent the rest of his life in exile, died in 1788 and was buried in Rome.
posted on Colonial Sense: 03/02/2014 George Washington: Boozehound February 22, 2014, Reason.com by Stanton Peele Reason TV's Meredith Bragg informed us of George Washington’s whiskey production. He didn’t tell us, however, about Washington’s alcohol consumption, which was, at times, prodigious. That consumption by Washington and his fellow founding fathers has been whitewashed—sometimes literally—from American history by the intervening Temperance movement, whose effects still drive us. For instance, the classic picture of Washington taking his farewell from his troops at Fraunces Tavern in New York—which, of course, involved a toast—was painted with a serving flask clearly visible. This container was painted out of these same pictures later, in the nineteenth century, reminiscent of Soviet photos with purged former leaders excised.
According to two Florida researchers, the legendary Fort Caroline settlement was found. The announcement made during an international conference at Florida State University reveals the fort built by the French in 1564 is located approximately 70 miles away from where researchers thought it stood.
posted on Colonial Sense: 02/23/2014 Old Time Farm Crime: The Opium Wars February 20, 2014, Modern Farmer by Andrew Amelinckx It was a major drug bust with more than 1,600 arrests and the confiscation of 11,000 pounds of a highly addictive substance.
No, this wasn’t a DEA raid of a major meth operation, or an Interpol investigation into international drug smuggling. It was the year 1839 and the Chinese government was cracking down on British importation of opium. The drug issue was a powder keg that led to a series of wars between the two countries over the course of more than 20 years and changed both nations for generations.
posted on Colonial Sense: 02/20/2014 Beach Burials Reveal Slaving Legacy February 11, 2014, Past Horizons by Staff Coastal erosion of Saint -François, on the south coast of Grande-Terre, part of the Guadeloupe group of islands in the Lesser Antilles, has partially destroyed a colonial era cemetery situated on the beach. An archaeological excavation of the eroded area has been carried out by Institut National de Recherches Archéologiques Préventives (INRAP).
...Guadeloupe had lucrative sugar plantations and a large slave population. Slavery was finally abolished in 1848, which was largely due to a campaign led by Victor Schoelcher, a French politician.
George Africanus is thought to have been born in Sierra Leone in 1763, then given as a present to the Molineux family in Wolverhampton in 1766.
posted on Colonial Sense: 02/19/2014 Twenty skeletons appear in 'macabre' Malmö find February 17, 2014, The Local (Sweden) by Staff The human remains, which include both adults and children, were discovered last week beneath the pavement along Djäknegatan in Malmö's old town, as workers installed a district heating system.
...The area served as a cemetery for the old Malmö hospital between 1690 and 1820, Sarnäs explained.
posted on Colonial Sense: 02/19/2014 Charles Dickens statue: Why was his dying wish ignored? February 07, 2014, BBC (UK) by Eleanor Williams Charles Dickens stipulated that when he died there should be no memorial to his life, save his writings. However, his home city of Portsmouth has now erected a statue to the celebrated author. Should the will of England's greatest novelist have been respected?
"I conjure to my friends on no account to make me the subject of any monument, memorial or testimonial whatsoever. I rest my claims to the remembrance of my country upon my published works."