Puccini's Life In Context
Invention of the telephone.
Statue of Liberty dedicated.
Queen Victoria dies. U.S. President McKinley
Orville Wright makes first successful airplane flight.
Peary reaches North Pole.
Assassination of Archduke Ferdinand leads to
Lusitania, a passenger ship, sunk by German submarine.
World War I ends.
Treaty of Versailles signed.
First TV transmission.
Giacomo Puccini is born.
Puccini's father, Michele Puccini, dies.
Puccini sees Verdi's famous opera Aida, which inspires him to dedicate his life to being an operatic composer.
Puccini receives scholarship from Queen Margherita to attend Milan Conservatory.
Puccini's mother, Albina Magi, dies. Le villi, his first opera, premieres in Milan.
Birth of his son, Antonio, to Elvira Gemignani.
Edgar premieres in Milan.
Manon Lescaut premieres
LA BOHÈME premieres
Tosca premieres in Rome.
Madame Butterfly premieres in Milan. Puccini
La fanciulla del West premieres in New York.
La rondine premieres
Il trittico premieres
Turandot, Puccini's last opera, premieres in Milan.
Gramophone invented by Berliner. Patent taken out for the first disc.
Verdi's Aida premieres
Metropolitan Opera, New York, founded.
Carnegie Music Hall, New York, opens.
First recording of an
Arthur Sullivan (of operetta fame) dies. Kurt Weill and Aaron Copeland are born.
First complete opera recording: Verdi's Ernani by Italian HMV.
De Forest invents first radio tube and transmits music from NYC to Brooklyn.
First "blues" song is published -- W.C.
First use of the word "jazz" in print, when Variety reports on jazz bands in Chicago.
First U.S. commercial radio station, WWJ, Detroit.
NBC broadcasts its
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