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'The Sleeping Beauty' with music by Tchaikovsky premieres

The Sleeping Beauty is a ballet in a prologue and three acts, first performed in 1890. The music was composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The original scenario was conceived by Ivan Vsevolozhsky. The choreographer of the original production was Marius Petipa.

Offenbach's 'Le roi Carotte' premieres

Le Roi Carotte is a 4-act opéra-bouffe-féerie with music by Jacques Offenbach and libretto by Victorien Sardou, after E. T. A. Hoffmann. The libretto, written before the French defeat in the Franco-Prussian War, lampooned Bonapartists, monarchists and republicans.

'The Brandenburgers in Bohemia' premieres in Prague

The Brandenburgers in Bohemia is a three-act opera, the first by Bedřich Smetana. The Czech libretto was written by Karel Sabina and is based on events from Czech history. Smetana and Sabina wrote the opera at a time of great Czech patriotism. The work was composed in the years 1862–1863.

British Museum opens to the public

The British Museum, located in the Bloomsbury area of London, is a public institution dedicated to human history, art and culture. It was established in 1753, largely based on the collections of the Irish physician and scientist Sir Hans Sloane. It first opened to the public in 1759, in Montagu House, on the site of the current building.

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