Puccini’s opera is staged in the days of the Napoleonic wars and is a story of political intrigue and romance. It premiered at the Costanzi Theatre in Rome.

Other notable events on January 14th:

  • In 2005, the European Huygens space probe lands on Saturn’s moon Titan in the first ever outer solar system landing.

  • In 1953, Josip Broz Tito, considered a unifying symbol in his country, becomes President of Yugoslavia.

  • In 1784, the Continental Congress (the USA) ratifies the Peace of Paris (1783) with Great Britain, which recognized the independence of the United States.
  • In 1559 Elizabeth I, also known as the “The Virgin Queen”  is crowned Queen of England.

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