Operas and Historical Events from 1900- 2000
Richard Strauss was the foremost operatic composer up to this point, and possibly all of the 20th century.
"Porgy and Bess" was the first great American opera!
The famous aria, "Must the Winter Come so Soon" is from the opera Vanessa.
"Beatrix Cenci" was the most enduring of atonal operas.
Yur Gagarin a Russian from near Moscow, is the first man to orbit the earth and enter space.
Apollo 11 land on the moon carrying Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins.
On August 21, 1911, Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa, one of the most famous paintings in the world, was stolen right off the wall of the Louvre (famous museum in Paris, France). It was such an inconceivable crime, that the Mona Lisa wasn't even noticed missing until the following day.
Sharon Tate, Abigail Folger, Voyek Frykowski, Jay Sebring, Steve Parent, Rosemary LaBianca, Leno LaBianca, George Spahn, Gary Hinman, and Donald Shea.
Charles Manson is a convicted serial killer who has become an icon of evil. In the late 1960s, Manson founded a hippie cult group known as "the Family" whom he manipulated into brutally killing others on his behalf.
The trial began on July 24, 1970. On January 25, Manson was found guilty of first degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder. On March 29, 1971, Manson was sentenced to death.
The Jonestown Massacre, which had a death toll of 918 people, was the most deadly single non-natural disaster in U.S. history until September 11, 2001.
School shooting kills innocent students in Littleton, Colorado.
The Great Depression, an immense tragedy that placed millions of Americans out of work, was the beginning of government involvement in the economy and in society as a whole.
The First World War, originally called the Great War, raged from 1914 to 1918. Mostly fought in western Europe in muddy, bloody trenches, WWI saw the introduction of the machine gun and poison gas into battle.
A truly world war which lasted from 1939 to 1945. The countries of the world aligned with either the Axis powers or the Allies and battled in a total war.
The attack at Pearl Harbor so outraged Americans that the U.S. abandoned its policy of isolationism and declared war on Japan the following day -- officially bringing the United States into World War II.
The Vietnam War was the prolonged struggle between nationalist forces attempting to unify the country of Vietnam under a communist government and the United States (with the aid of the South Vietnamese) attempting to prevent the spread of communism. Engaged in a war that many viewed as having no way to win, U.S. leaders lost the American public's support for the war. Since the end of the war, the Vietnam War has become a benchmark for what not to do in all future U.S. foreign conflicts.