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 1665, England installed a municipal government in New York City, the former Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam.
On this day in 1909 Mary Pickford made her screen debut at the age of 16.