This Day in History

“Madama Butterfly” Premieres at La Scala in Milan

A masterpiece of opera debuted on February 17th, 1904, as Giacomo Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” premiered at La Scala opera house in Milan, Italy. The tragic love story of a Japanese geisha and an American naval officer continues to captivate audiences worldwide.

The NYC Subway Opens

On this day, the New York City Subway, one of the world’s largest and busiest public transportation systems, officially opened its first line. This engineering marvel revolutionized urban transportation and became a lifeline for millions of New Yorkers, shaping the city’s growth and connectivity.