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Henry Hornbeck of Sag Harbour, Long Island, New York State, USA, files a patent for an improvement to the autoharp
by equipping it with with a keyboard similar to the keyboard of a piano and whereby the strings are automatically stopped.
Banjoist and comedian Al Reeves' Famous Big Company plays the second of three nights at The Gaeity Theatre, Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA. The entertainment, a blackface minstrel show, is billed as featuring "20 White and 20 Black, headed by the celebrated Inez Mecusker".
Ted Sears is born in Massachusetts, USA. he will find success as an animator, lyricist and scriptwriter, best-known for his work for Disney, where he worked as a writer from 1931 until his death.
Scottish songwriter Lady John Scott
, also known as Alicia Scott, best known for writing the tune Annie Laurie, dies at Spottiswoode in the Scottish Borders.