On this day, 120 years ago, Puccini’s Italian opera “La Boheme” premiered in Turin conducted by the young great Arturo Toscanini. One of the most frequently performed operas worldwide, it is based on a collection of vignettes portraying young bohemians living in the Latin Quarter of Paris in the 1840s, particularly two lovers. (1896)
Unlike Wikipedia, we don’t want to tell you the story’s ending, if you’ve never watched the opera. YouTube offers a number of versions you can view in their entirety for free. Click above to see the entire original poster from 1896. Below, see José Carreras performing in the role of Rodolpho, the longing lover.
MORE Good News on this Date:
- Thomas Edison finished the first motion picture studio, the Black Maria in New Jersey (1893)
- New York’s Grand Central Terminal opened as the world’s largest train station (1913)
- The Royal Canadian Mounted Police began (1920)
- Four black students from North Carolina A&T State University sat down at the “whites only” lunch counter inside a Greensboro Woolworth store, a protest that lasted weeks and pressured governments to pass desegregation laws (1960)
- David Letterman premiered with NBC’s Late Night (1982)
- Canada introduced the Civil Marriage Act, making Canada the fourth country to sanction same-sex marriage (2005)
- Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir was elected the first female Prime Minister of Iceland, becoming the first openly gay head of state in the modern world (2009)
Today is also the first day of Black History Month in the U.S., the day four black students staged their sit-in at a lunch counter, and the birthday of Langston Hughes, the black American poet and prominent figure of the Harlem Renaissance (1902-1967).