We view History as something that has taken place, that is in the past. And therefore, we see no need to study it, because it has already happened. What we do not understand is that because it has happened, it is still happening and will continue to happen. It thus becomes important for us to study the past to know and understand today. This is why, we, at Brag Social, bring to you the happenings of events on various dates through this column. Read on to find out the historic events of December 26.
1830 – ‘Anna Bolena’ premiered at the Teatro Carcano
Gaetano Donizetti proudly claims the brilliant composition of the world-famous play ‘Anna Bolena’. Its premiere in Teatro Carcano in Milan on December 26, 1830 and gave Gaetano the sweet kiss of success and fame. Anna Bolena, atragic opera has been composed in two acts. Donizetti, in this play very skillfully purveyed the Tudor period. The female lead of the play holds the title of being one of the three Donizetti Queens. Originally written in Italian, this play did wonders. Felice Romani contributed to this play as the librettist.
1862 – First US navy ship enters service
The first-ever hospital ship of the US navy authorized went by the name ‘Red Rover’. It initially served the Army for a year during the Civil war. However, this steamer faced damages due to the attacks by the Union’s Western Gunboat Flotilla. Thus, it, later on, transformed into a treatment center for the war casualties. Hence, since that incident, it got refurbished into a fully equipped treatment center for the victims.
1865 – USA patents the first-ever coffee percolator
The US on this day patented the coffee percolator. James Mason from Franklin, Massachusetts sent in the submission for the percolator. However, these percolators come into day-to-day usage in most households. They help in brewing coffee by a systematically designed method. The percolator has a bottom chamber with a tube attached to it. The bottom chamber gets filled with water as per personal choice and then brought to a boil using a heat source. Now, the top chamber gets filled with coffee beans. Water through the process of boiling reaches the coffee beans through the tube. Consequently, the water along with soluble coffee particles seeps into the bottom chamber. Voila, now we have freshly brewed coffee.
1878 – Philadelphia sees the first US store to install electric lights
John Wanamaker Department Store is a very well-known department store in the US. John Wanamaker, from Philadelphia. established this department store. Famous worldwide for its unique marketing techniques, it also becomes the first-ever US store to establish electric lights. Continuing the whole light fascination, the Wanamaker store also hosts a Christmas Light Show every year on Christmas! You can easily guess, the scene most definitely is a sight of awe for all!
1925 – First Communist Party in India
The Communist Party of India [CPI] came into existence on December 26, 1925. The first-ever conference took place on this day in Kanpur. The CPI shaped itself as an epitome for the success of the Communism movement in India. The party had Sachchidanand Vishnu Ghate as the first General Secretary. The party carried deep interests in the working of peasants’ workers’ movements. Along with that, the party published their views and thoughts in newspapers and journals.