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HERALDING IN THE GOLD RUSH

On August 19th, 1849: The New York Herald reported that there was gold easily accessible in California, effectively starting the gold rush. Though the news of gold had been dinner table conversation out West for three months, the Herald was the first major Eastern newspaper to break the story, spurring a new wave of prospectors eager to strike it rich.

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THE MIKADO PREMIERS IN NEW YORK

On August 19th, 1885: Iconic operetta The Mikado opened at the Savoy Theater. Written and composed by the iconic duo of Gilbert and Sullivan, the light musical tells the story of star-crossed lovers in feudal Japan. The production was the first authorised in America following the show’s premiere in London several months earlier. The show was a smash hit, further establishing Gilbert and Sullivan as the kings of comic opera.


BORN ON THIS DAY: FRANK MCCOURT

On August 19th, 1930: Pulitzer Prize-winning Author Frank McCourt was born in Brooklyn. After a childhood spent in squalor in Ireland, McCourt returned to New York and attended New York University. McCourt is best known for his bestselling memoir Angela’s Ashes, which chronicles his early years living in a slum in Limerick. He has also authored a second memoir, Tis, which relates his years spent in America and New York.

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