On this day in history…
In 1600, Italian philosopher Giordano Bruno was burned at the stake in Rome for the crime of heresy. He advanced upon Copernican theory, but ran afoul of the Church for allegedly denying certain aspects of Catholic dogma.
In 1904, Puccini’s opera Madama Butterfly received its premiere performance in Milan. Nearer to the end of the 20th century, the story inspired the Broadway musical Miss Saigon.