Congress memorializes George Washington, Babe Ruth's contract is sold to the Yankees, Kwanzaa is celebrated for the first time, and a killer tsunami rolls across the Indian Ocean, all on this day.
1871: Gilbert and Sullivan collaborate for the first time, on their lost opera "Thespis." It did modestly well, but the two would not collaborate again for four years. The pair would end up collaborating on 13 more comic operas, of which "H.M.S. Pinafore," "The Pirates of Penzance" and "The Mikado" are among the best known.
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National Portrait Gallery, London
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