From The New York Times, October 12, 1924:

“The new maestro, who will conduct the opening performance of Aïda on November 3, has had a distinguished career in Europe and for five seasons was the musical director of La Scala in Milan, in one of which the management was entirely in his hands.


“The new conductor is an ardent supporter of Premier Mussolini and said that the report circulated about his intention to resign was absolutely without foundation.”

Born on this day in 1801 composer Vincenzo Bellini

Broadway Premieres:

In 1927 Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart’s A Connecticut Yankee

In 1960 Meredith Willson‘s The Unsinkable Molly Brown