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January 12, 2011 / jmeuropeana

Postal cheques, Donizetti opera, Reformation in Vienna

(Note: I’ve changed the title format for my posts – it’s an SEO thing)

On the 12th of January –

first postal cheques are issued; Donizetti presents a new opera; Paul Speratus preaches the Reformation in Vienna.

In 1883 Georg Coch founded what became the Austrian Postsparkasse, and issued the first postal cheque worldwide.
Österreichische Postsparkasse & Gebäude der k. k. Postsparkasse

In 1844 Donizetti’s opera Caterina Cornaro premiered in Napels in the Teatro San Carlo:
Gaetano Donizetti: Caterina Cornaro

In 1522 Paul Speratus held a sermon in Vienna that is considered to be the start of the reformation in Austria. He was later condemned as a heretic, obviously. Not a great writer, mr. Speratus, but we do have his portrait and a biography:
Paulus Speratus Episcopus Pomezianensis
Leben des Paul Speratus

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