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.

Gay, glamorous, but broke Gay, glamorous, but broke

Born on this day in 1904 Greer Garson, English-American actress.

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Diese Toilette nur an Diese Toilette nur an

On this day in 1836, Thomas Crapper, English plumber, was born.

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Gifted humans Gifted humans

Born on this day in 1898 composer Vincent Youmans.

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Constant as the northern star Constant as the northern star

On this day in 46 BC, Julius Caesar dedicated a temple to his mythical ancestor Venus Genetrix in accordance with a vow he made at the battle of Pharsalus.

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Prima donna Prima donna

On this day in 1979, the musical Evita opened at the Broadway Theater in New York City.

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Empire waste Empire waste

On this day in 1180, Manuel I Komnenos, last Emperor of the Komnenian restoration, died, and the Byzantine Empire slipped into terminal decline.

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Love me, love my dog Love me, love my dog

On this day in 1962, Philharmonic Hall (since renamed Avery Fisher Hall) opened as the first unit of Lincoln Center for Performing Arts.

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Golden anniverary Golden anniverary

On this day in 1869, Richard Wagner‘s opera Das Rheingold premiered in Munich.

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Not since the old Jill Gomez Not since the old Jill Gomez

Born on this day in 1912 Chuck Jones, American animator, screenwriter, and producer.

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Sophistry Sophistry

On this day in 451 AD, Roman General Flavius Aetius defeated Attila the Hun at The Battle of the Catalaunian Plains, halting the Hun invasion of Roman Gaul.

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Tristissimus Thursday Tristissimus Thursday

On this day in 14 AD, Tiberius was confirmed as Roman Emperor by the Roman Senate, following the death of Augustus.

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We live on the wind and in the sparkle of a star! We live on the wind and in the sparkle of a star!

On this day in 1964, the sitcom Bewitched premiered on ABC television.

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The music, ho! The music, ho!

On this day in 1966, the Metropolitan Opera House opened at Lincoln Center in New York City with the world premiere of Samuel Barber‘s opera Antony and Cleopatra.

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Mold Acquaintance Mold Acquaintance

On this day in 1923 Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin.

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Tick tick tick Tick tick tick

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

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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.

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Light tomorrow with today Light tomorrow with today

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

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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.

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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.

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“Hebrews and Sodomites: Greetings!” “Hebrews and Sodomites: Greetings!”

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

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Where no man has gone before Where no man has gone before

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

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September 7 September 7

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

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