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December 23, 2010 / jmeuropeana

Today in Europeana: 23 December

On the 23rd of December –

Cassini discovers Rhea; Nürnberger Chronik, also known as the Schedelsche Weltchronik is published; Die Gescheidene Frau is performed for the first time.

In 1672 Giovanni Domenico Cassini dicovered the Saturn moon Rhea. One of his other claims to fame is that he triangulated – and thereby shrunk – the state of France.
Giovanni Domenico Cassini
Altazimuth quadrant

In 1594 the Nürnberger Chronik, also known as the Schedelsche Weltchronik is published by Hartmann Schedel in Nürnberg – hence the name. In Europeana we do not have a full copy, but we do have some excellent page views, such as this one:
Schedelsche Weltchronik & Nürnberger Chronik — Ansicht von Straßburg, Folio 140recto

In the Carl Theatre in Vienna, the Operatta ‘Die Gescheidene Frau’ by Leo Fall has its first performance. In Europeana we have some audio clips from the operetta. Of course the operetta has now long been superseded by musicals, but in the early part of the 20th century it was a major European art form…
Gonda, liebe,kliene Gonda

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