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The performance of Prince Methusalem on 7 July 1883 officially opens the roof garden to theatre patrons. Fenians seeking Irish independence from England murder British secretary and undersecretary in Phoenix Park, Dublin. "Buffalo Bill" Cody organizes a precursor of Wild West exhibition, "Old Glory Blowout" (4th of July celebration) in North Platte, Nebraska. Paul Verlaine's Art poetique. Third Wallack's Theatre opens at Broadway and 30th St. Claude Monet completes his last major painting, A Bar at the Folies Bergeres.

Henrik Ibsen's Pillars of Society. Mark Twain and Bret Harte collaborate on Ah Sin for actor Charles Parsloe. Thomas Alva Edison invents phonograph. Women doctors are allowed to practice in England. Black performers Anna and Emma Hyers tour in musical Out of Bondage. Louis Henry Morgan's Ancient Society introduces stage theory of social evolution. Joaquin Miller's The Danites; or, The Heart of the Sierras performed in revised version by McKee Rankin for several years. Washington Post founded by Melville Stone.

Meanwhile, such black theatre companies as the Howard Players, the Negro Playwrights' Company, the Harlem Experimental Theatre, Negro Art Theatre, the Rose McClendon Players, and the American Negro Theatre staged plays by black Americans. The single most significant writer was Langston Hughes, whose Don't You Want to Be Free ran for a year and whose Mulatto, a racial melodrama, ran successfully on Broadway and, together with Theodore Ward's Big White Fog, a Federal Theatre production, was the outstanding black-authored play to be staged before World War II.

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An illustrated history of the Holy Bible: being a connected account of the remarkable events and distinguished characters contained in the Old and New Testaments, and in Jewish history during the four hundred years intervening between the time of Malachi by John Kitto; Alvan Bond; Charles H Hitchcock; Edward Kimpton; Robert Sears


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