On This Day: February 1

February 1, 2015 § Leave a comment

1814
“The Corsair” by Lord Byron is published.

Source: History.com

Lord Byron’s “Corsair” sells 10,000 copies on day of publication.

Source: HistoryOrb.com

1884
Oxford Dictionary debuts.

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Source: Dingeengoedtea. Click to enlarge.

References:
History of the OED
Defining our language for 100 years
Grinches, green eggs, and drawings of fantastic beasts: the language of Dr Seuss

James Murray, editor and philologist. Source: Wikipedia. Click to enlarge.

James Murray (1837–1915), editor and philologist. He was the primary editor of the Oxford English Dictionary from 1879 until his death. Source: Wikipedia. Click to enlarge.

1896
Puccini’s La bohème premieres in Turin, Italy
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Source: History.com

1902
China’s empress Tzu-hsi forbids binding woman’s feet.

Source: HistoryOrb.com

References:
Why Footbinding Persisted in China for a Millennium
Cixi
The Death of Empress Tzu-hsi

Chinese shoe for bound foot, 18th century. Musées du château des Rohan, Musée Louise Weiss, Saverne, France. The ideal length for a bound foot was 8 centimetres (3 in).Source: Wikipedia (CC0 1.0). Click to enlarge.

Chinese shoe for bound foot, 18th century. Musées du château des Rohan, Musée Louise Weiss, Saverne, France. The ideal length for a bound foot was 8 centimetres (3 in).Source: Wikipedia (CC0 1.0). Click to enlarge.

1930
Arnold Schönberg’s opera, Von heute auf Morgen premieres in Frankfurt.

Source: HistoryOrb.com

Arnold Schoenberg, Los Angeles, 1948. By Florence Homolka [Attribution], via Wikimedia Commons. Click to enlarge.

Arnold Schoenberg (1874–1951), Los Angeles, 1948. By Florence Homolka, via Wikimedia Commons. Click to enlarge.

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