Richard Wagner's Tristan und Isolde premiered: 10 June 1865 – This Day in History

Tristan und Isolde, the earliest example of what Richard Wagner called “music drama,” was first performed this day in 1865 in Munich, Germany, and became the greatest German opera of the late 19th century.

More Events on this day:

1940: Italy, under the rule of Benito Mussolini, declared war against France and Great Britain, entering World War II.

1868: Serbian Prince Michael III was assassinated, derailing the Balkan League‘s plans for a coordinated rebellion against the Ottomans and destroying the league.

1847: The Chicago Tribune, one of the leading daily American newspapers and long the dominant, sometimes strident, voice of the Midwest, began publication.

1819: Gustave Courbet, French painter and leader of the Realist movement, was born in Ornans.

1772: Rhode Islanders in the American colonies boarded and sank the British revenue cutter Gaspee in Narragansett Bay.

1190: Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I (Frederick Barbarossa) drowned while trying to cross the Saleph River on the Third Crusade to the Holy Land.

Source: Encyclopædia Britannica Online Daily

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