On February 17th

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 1801, what had been an electoral tie between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr was resolved by the House of Representatives, with Jefferson becoming the president and Burr vice president.

In 1871, a victorious Prussian army paraded through Paris after having won the Franco-Prussian War. This victory led to the creation of the German Empire.

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.


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