Dan Soda (Windy City Operaman) is a Chicago native whose first visit to opera was at age 17 and Massenet’s Werther with Troyanos and Kraus. Nothing was ever the same. Opera and concert performances, recordings and video are an obsession. He prepares Parterre Box’s daily birthday and anniversary tributes. He also enjoys concerts, live theater and movies.

Tick tick tick Tick tick tick

On this day in 1968, the television newsmagazine program 60 Minutes premiered on CBS-TV.

on September 14, 2014 at 12:05 AM
Key signature Key signature

On this day in 1814, Francis Scott Key composed the poem “Defence of Fort McHenry,” which was later set to music and became the United States’ national anthem.

on September 13, 2014 at 12:05 AM
Light tomorrow with today Light tomorrow with today

On this day in 1846, Elizabeth Barrett eloped with Robert Browning.

on September 12, 2014 at 12:05 AM
The great big city’s a wondrous toy The great big city’s a wondrous toy

On this day in 1609, Henry Hudson discovered Manhattan Island and the indigenous people living there.

on September 11, 2014 at 12:05 AM
A girl’s best friend A girl’s best friend

On this day in 1846, Elias Howe was granted a patent for the sewing machine.

on September 10, 2014 at 12:34 AM
“Hebrews and Sodomites: Greetings!” “Hebrews and Sodomites: Greetings!”

Born on this dayin 1905: film producer Joseph E. Levine (not pictured).

on September 09, 2014 at 12:05 AM
Where no man has gone before Where no man has gone before

On this day in 1966, the television series Star Trek premiered.

on September 08, 2014 at 12:05 AM
September 7 September 7

On this day in 1921, the first Miss America Pageant was held in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

on September 07, 2014 at 7:30 AM
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