Video: 'Kiri Te Kanawa - The Marriage of Figaro Film'
(Monday May 1, 1786) — The Marriage of Figaro, an opera buffa (comic opera) in four acts composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, with an Italian libretto written by Lorenzo Da Ponte, premiered today at the Burgtheater in Vienna.
(Monday, January 26, 1784) — In a letter to his daughter Sarah (also called “Sally”), Benjamin Franklin today expressed unhappiness over the choice of the bald eagle as the symbol of America, and stated his own preference: the turkey, calling it “a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America.”
(Wednesday, September 3, 1783, during the American Revolutionary War) — The Treaty of Paris was signed today at the Hotel d’York in Paris, formally ending the American Revolutionary War between Great Britain on one side and the United States of America and its allies on the other.
Video: 'American President #8: Martin Van Buren (1837-1841)'
(Thursday, December 5, 1782) — Martin Van Buren, the eighth President of the United States (1837–1841), was born today in the village of Kinderhook, New York. Van Buren was the first president born a citizen of the United States, as all previous presidents were born before the American Revolution.
(Wednesday, August 7, 1782, during the American Revolutionary War) — The original Purple Heart, designated as the Badge of Military Merit, was established today by Gen. George Washington, then the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army, by order from his Newburgh, New York headquarters.