|This year in history
In the year
|The opera house of San Carlo in Naples, Italy opened for its first performance. It is the oldest surviving opera house in Europe.
|American, Francis Hopkinson, was born in Philadelphia. He was one of the authors and signees of the American Declaration of Independence.
|Italian, Antonio Stradivari, was born in Cremona, Italy. He is history's most famous violin maker, whose instruments are still considered the best of their kind.
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