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.
On this day in 41 AD Roman Emperor Caligula was assassinated by his disgruntled Praetorian Guards, who then proclaimed Caligula’s uncle Claudius as Emperor.
Happy 82nd birthday to American actress, singer, and dancer Chita Rivera.
On this day in 1521 Emperor Charles V opened the Diet of Worms.
On this day in 1904 Leos Janacek‘s Jenufa premiered in Brno.
On this day in 1949 J. Edgar Hoover gave Shirley Temple a tear gas fountain pen.
On this day in 1829 Johann von Goethe‘s Faust, der Tragödie erster Teil received its premiere performance.
On this day in 1944, the Metropolitan Opera House hosted a jazz concert for the first time.
On this day in 1949, The Goldbergs, the first sitcom on American television, premiered.
On this day in 1947, actress Andrea Martin was born.
On this day in 1984 Madonna first sang “Holiday” on American Bandstand.
On this day in 1910, the first public radio broadcast took place: music from Cavalleria rusticana was sent out over the airwaves from the Metropolitan Opera House.
On this day in 475, Basiliscus became Byzantine Emperor, with a coronation ceremony in the Hebdomon palace in Constantinople.
On this day in 1055, Theodora was crowned Empress of the Byzantine Empire.
On this day in 49 BC Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon, signaling the start of civil war.
On this day in 2007, Apple Inc CEO Steve Jobs announced the iPhone.
On this day in 1735, the premiere performance of George Frideric Handel’s Ariodante was given at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
On this day in 1601, Robert, Earl of Essex, led a revolt in London against Queen Elizabeth.
On this day in 1973 “Schoolhouse Rock” premiered on ABC-TV.
On this day in 1649, Francesco Cavalli’s Giasone premiered in Venice.
On this day in 1865, the New York Stock Exchange opened its first permanent headquarters at 10-12 Broad near Wall Street in New York City.
On this day in 1431 Joan of Arc was defeated by Bishop Pierre Cauchon.
On this day in 1900, Gustave Charpentier’s opera Louise premiered in Paris.
On this day in 1801 the dwarf planet Ceres was discovered by Giuseppe Piazzi.
On this day in 1902 American actress Tallulah Bankhead was born.