Milan in History

Historical Events

  • 0387-04-18 Bishop Ambrosius of Milan baptizes Augustinus
  • 1422-06-30 Battle of Arbedo between the Duke of Milan and the Swiss cantons.
  • 1454-04-09 Milan and Venice sign peace of Lodi
  • 1495-05-31 Emperor Maximilian, Pope Alexander VI, Milan, King Ferdinand, Isabella & Venice sign anti-French Saint League
  • 1499-02-09 France & Venice sign treaty against Milan
  • 1499-10-06 French King Louis XII occupies Milan

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1500-01-05 Duke Ludovico Sforza's troops reconquer Milan

Duke of Milan Ludovico Sforza
Duke of Milan
Ludovico Sforza
  • 1500-04-10 France captures duke Ludovico Sforza of Milan
  • 1516-08-13 The Treaty of Noyon between France and Spain is signed. Francis recognises Charles's claim to Naples, and Charles recognises Francis's claim to Milan.
  • 1521-11-19 Battle at Milan: Emperor Karel V's/pontifical/Spanish/German troops beat France & occupy Milan
  • 1524-04-24 Duke of Bourbon drives Admiral Bonnivet out of Milan
  • 1524-10-26 Spanish troops give Milan to France
  • 1526-05-22 Pope Clemens VII, France, Genoa, Venice, Florence & Milan form Anti-French League of Cognac
  • 1527-12-12 Composer Adrian Willaert moves from Milan to Venice
  • 1540-10-11 Emperor Karel names his son Philip, Duke of Milan

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1555-10-25 Emperor Karel puts son Philip II in charge of Netherlands/Naples/Milan

King of Spain Philip II
King of Spain
Philip II
  • 1635-07-11 Armies of Savoye/Mantua/Parma occupy Milan
  • 1647-09-01 French cardinal Mazarin & Duke of Modena sign treaty against Milan
  • 1778-08-03 Teatro alla Scala opens in Milan
  • 1796-05-15 French troops occupy Milan

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1796-05-15 First Coalition: Napoleon enters Milan in triumph.

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte
  • 1807-12-17 France issues the Milan Decree, which confirms the Continental System.
  • 1830-12-26 Gaetano Donizetti's opera "Anna Bolena" premieres in Milan
  • 1831-03-06 Vincenzo Bellini's opera "La Sonnambula" premieres in Milan
  • 1831-12-26 Vincenzo Bellini's opera "Norma" premieres in Milan
  • 1832-05-12 Gaetano Donizetti's opera "L'elisir d'amore" premieres in Milan
  • 1833-01-26 Gaetano Dinozetti's opera "Lucrezia Borgia" premieres in Milan

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1839-11-17 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Oberte Conti Di" premieres in Milan

Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Giuseppe Verdi
  • 1842-03-09 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Nabucco" premieres in Milan
  • 1843-02-11 Opera "I Lombardi" premieres in Milan
  • 1848-02-12 Ballet "Faust" premieres in Milan
  • 1868-03-05 Arrigo Boito's opera "Mefistofele" premieres in Milan
  • 1870-03-19 The opera "Guarany" premieres in Milan
  • 1876-04-08 Amiliare Ponchielli's opera "La Gioconda" premieres in Milan
  • 1882-03-06 Monarch Milan Obrenovic of Serbia crowns himself king
  • 1892-05-21 Ruggero Leoncavallo's opera "I Pagliacci" premieres in Milan
  • 1893-02-09 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Falstaff" premieres in Milan
  • 1896-03-23 Umberto Giordano's opera "Andrea Chénier" premieres in Milan
  • 1896-03-28 The opera "Andrea Chenier" is produced (Milan)

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1904-02-17 Giacomo Puccini's opera "Madama Butterfly" premieres in Milan

Composer Giacomo Puccini
Giacomo Puccini
  • 1904-03-02 Gabriele d'Annunzio's "La figlia di Iorio" premieres in Milan
  • 1908-03-09 Inter Milan is founded.
  • 1909-05-13 The first Giro d'Italia takes place in Milan: Italian cyclist Luigi Ganna is the winner.
  • 1910-10-02 1st 2 aircraft collision (Milan Italy)

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1919-03-23 Benito Mussolini forms Fascist movement in Milan Italy

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
  • 1924-10-31 World Savings Day was announced in Milan, Italy, by the Members of the Association at the 1st International Savings Bank Congress (World Society of Savings Banks).
  • 1926-04-25 Giacomo Puccini's opera "Turandot" premieres in Milan
  • 1926-09-19 The San Siro is inaugurated with a match between AC Milan and Inter.
  • 1930-02-18 Luigi Pirandello's "Come Tu Mi Vuoi" premieres in Milan
  • 1935-07-20 Switzerland: A Royal Dutch Airlines plane en route from Milan to Frankfurt crashes into a Swiss mountain, killing thirteen.
  • 1937-03-18 The human-powered aircraft, Pedaliante, flies 1 kilometre (0.62 miles) outside Milan.
  • 1940-08-27 Caproni-Campini CC-2, experimental jet plane, maiden flight (Milan)
  • 1945-04-17 Benito Mussolini flees from Salò to Milan
  • 1950-05-02 Carlo Terrons "Giuditta" premieres in Milan
  • 1950-11-07 Carlo Terron's "Processo Agli Innocenti" premieres in Milan
  • 1951-02-24 Ice Pairs Championship at Milan won by Ria Baran & Paul Falk of GER
  • 1951-02-24 Ladies' Figure Skating Champion in Milan won by Jeanette Altwegg of Great Britain
  • 1951-02-24 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Milan won by Richard Button USA
  • 1951-04-20 4th Cannes Film Festival: "Miss Julie" directed by Alf Sjoberg and "Miracle in Milan" directed by Vittorio De Sica jointly awarded the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film
  • 1958-05-28 3rd European Cup: Real Madrid beats Milan 3-2 at Brussels
  • 1963-05-22 8th European Cup: Milan beats Benfica 2-1 at London
  • 1964-10-04 Italian Autostrada del Sol opens at Milan-Naples
  • 1965-05-27 10th European Cup: Internazionale beats Benfica 1-0 at Milan
  • 1968-05-23 AC Milan of Italy win 8th European Cup Winner's Cup against Hamburger SV of West Germany 2-0 in Rotterdam
  • 1969-05-28 13th European Cup: Milan beats Ajax 4-1 at Madrid
  • 1969-12-12 Bomb attack on bank in Milan, 14 killed
  • 1969-12-12 Strategia della tensione: Piazza Fontana bombing - The offices of Banca Nazionale dell'Agricoltura in Piazza Fontana, Milan, are bombed.
  • 1970-05-06 14th European Cup: Feyenoord beats Celtic 2-1 at Milan
  • 1973-05-16 AC Milan of Italy win 13th European Cup Winner's Cup against Leeds of England 1-0 in Saloniki
  • 1974-05-08 FC Magdenburg of East Germany win 14th European Cup Winner's Cup against AC Milan of Italy 2-0 in Rotterdam
  • 1976-07-10 Chemical factory in Seveso, near Milan explodes covering the surrounding area in dioxin
  • 1987-03-21 PSV sells soccer player Ruud Gullit to AC Milan (Ÿ17 million)

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1989-02-07 Tennis superstar Bjorn Borg, apparently attempts suicide in Milan

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
  • 1989-05-24 33rd European Cup: Milan beats Steaua Bucuresti 4-0 at Barcelona
  • 1990-05-23 34th European Cup: Milan beats Benfica 1-0 at Vienna
  • 1993-05-26 1st UEFA Champions League Final: Marseille beats Milan 1-0 at Munich
  • 1993-07-27 Mafia bombs historical buildings in Rome/Milan/Vatican City, 5 killed
  • 1994-05-18 2nd UEFA Champions League Final: Milan beats Barcelona 4-0 at Athens
  • 1994-07-14 Gas explosion at old age home in Milan, 27 killed
  • 1995-05-24 3rd UEFA Champions League Final: Ajax beats Milan 1-0 at Vienna
  • 1998-12-06 87th Davis Cup: Sweden beats Italy in Milan (4-1)

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1999-05-28 In Milan, Italy, after 22 years of restoration work, Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece "The Last Supper" is put back on display.

Painter, Scientist & Visionary Leonardo da Vinci
Painter, Scientist & Visionary
Leonardo da Vinci
  • 2001-05-23 9th UEFA Champions League Final: Bayern Munich beats Valencia (1-1, 5-4 on penalties) at Milan
  • 2001-10-08 A twin engine Cessna and Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) jetliner collide in heavy fog during takeoff from Milan, Italy killing 118.
  • 2003-05-28 11th UEFA Champions League Final: Milan beats Juventus (0-0, 3-2 on penalties) at Manchester
  • 2005-05-25 13th UEFA Champions League Final: Liverpool beats Milan (3-3, 3-2 on penalties)
  • 2007-05-23 15th UEFA Champions League Final: Milan beats Liverpool 2-1 at Athens
  • 2015-05-01 Expo 2015 opens in Milan (thru till 31st October)

Famous Birthdays

  • 1302-12-07 Azzone Visconti lord of Milan (d. 1339)
  • 1425-03-31 Bianca Maria Visconti, Duchess of Milan (d. 1468)
  • 1444-01-24 Galeazzo Maria Sforza, Duke of Milan (d. 1476)

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1452-07-27 Ludovico Sforza [il Moro], Italian duke of Milan (1494-1508) who commissioned The Last Supper, born in Vigevano (Modern day Lombardy), Italy (d. 1508)

Duke of Milan Ludovico Sforza
Duke of Milan
Ludovico Sforza
  • 1470-10-02 Isabella of Naples, Duchess of Milan (d. 1524)
  • 1607-03-01 Giovanni Francesco Milanta, composer

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1833-09-20 Ernesto Teodoro Moneta, Italian journalist, soldier and pacifist (Nobel Peace Prize 1907), born in Milan, Lombardy (d. 1918)

Italian Pacifist Ernesto Teodoro Moneta
Italian Pacifist
Ernesto Teodoro Moneta

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1847-02-11 Thomas Edison, American inventor of over 1000 patents, born in Milan, Ohio (d. 1931)

Inventor Thomas Edison
Thomas Edison
  • 1854-08-22 Milan I, King of Serbia
  • 1881-09-15 Ettore Arco Isidoro Bugatti, Milan, race car builder (Amaz Bugattis)
  • 1893-11-14 Carlo Emilio Gadda, Italian writer, born in Milan (d. 1973)
  • 1906-11-02 Luchino Visconti, Milan Italy, director (Damned, Death in Venice)
  • 1911-12-03 Nino Rota, Milan Italy, composer (Torquemada)
  • 1912-12-11 Carlo Ponti, Magenta, Lombardy, Italian producer (Marriage Italian Style, Doctor Zhivago)
  • 1917-03-23 Patricia Burke, Milan Italy, actress (Forbidden)
  • 1923-02-10 Cesare Siepi, Milan Italy, basso (NY Metropolitan Opera)
  • 1923-10-13 Servaas "Faas" Wilkes, Dutch soccer star (Xerxes/Fortuna/Inter Milan)
  • 1925-01-01 Valentina Cortesa, Milan Italy, actress (Kidnap Syndicate)
  • 1932-05-11 Valentino [Garavani], Milan Italy, fashion designer
  • 1933-06-26 Claudio Abbado, Milan Italy, composer/conductor (London Symph-1982)
  • 1934-02-18 Aldo Ceccato, Milan Italy, conductor (Detroit Symph Orch 1973-77)

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1934-07-11 Giorgio Armani, Italian fashion designer (American Gigolo), born in Piacenza, Italy

Fashion Designer Giorgio Armani
Fashion Designer
Giorgio Armani
  • 1935-05-15 Ted Dexter, cricketer (in Milan Superb England batsman of 60's)
  • 1935-06-10 Elio Fiorucci, Italian fashion designer, born in Milan (d. 2015)
  • 1936-08-20 Carla Fracci, Milan Italy, ballerina
  • 1940-03-20 Gianpiero Moretti, Milan, Italy, steering wheel designer (Momo), (d. 2012)
  • 1941-09-18 Mariangela Melato, Milan Italy, actress (Flash Gordon, Summer Night)
  • 1942-01-05 Maurizio Pollini, Milan Italy, pianist
  • 1949-03-28 Milan Williams, US keyboardist (Commodores-Three Times a Lady)
  • 1949-05-10 Miuccia Prada, Milan Italy, Italian fashion designer
  • 1950-09-20 Loredana Berte, Milan Italy, singer/2nd ex wife of Bjorn Borg
  • 1953-02-20 Riccardo Chailly, Milan Italy, conductor (West Berlin Symph Orch)
  • 1955-01-15 Enrico Mentana, Milan Italy, Italian newscaster (RAI)
  • 1959-06-10 Carlo Ancelotti, A.C. Milan coach
  • 1960-02-18 Greta Scacchi, Milan Italy, actress (Coca-Cola Kid, White Mischief)
  • 1961-03-15 Fabio Lanzoni, Milan, Italy, romance novels model (Fabio After Dark)
  • 1962-09-01 Ruud Gullit, Suriname/Dutch soccer star (Feyenoord, PSV, AC Milan)
  • 1962-09-30 Frank Rijkaard, Surinam/Dutch soccer star (Ajax, AC Milan)
  • 1963-02-09 Madusa Miceli, [Debra Ann], Milan Italy, wrestler (WCW)
  • 1964-10-31 Marco van Basten, Dutch soccer star (Ajax, AC Milan)
  • 1966-11-11 Benedicta Boccoli, Milan Italy
  • 1967-11-27 Laura Golarsa, Milan Italy, tennis star (Oklahoma City doubles)
  • 1971-12-02 Francesco Toldo, Italian Football Player (Inter Milan)
  • 1972-04-27 Silvia Farina, Milan Italy, tennis star (1995 Maria Lankowitz doubles)
  • 1972-05-05 Brigitta Boccoli, Milan Italy, actress (Manhattan Baby)
  • 1973-03-13 Edgar Davids, Dutch soccer player (Ajax, AC Milan)

Famous Deaths

  • 0397-04-04 Ambrosius, gov of Liguria/bishop of Milan (374-97)/saint, dies
  • 1101-09-30 Anselm IV, Archbishop of Milan
  • 1402-09-03 Gian Galeazzo Visconti, duke/tyrant of Milan (1395-1402), dies at 51
  • 1466-03-08 Francesco Sforza, Italian condottiere/duke of Milan, dies at 64
  • 1476-12-26 Galeazzo Maria Sforza, duke of Milan, murdered
  • 1494-10-22 Gian Galeazzo, Italian duke of Milan (1476-94), dies

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1508-05-27 Ludovico Sforza [il Moro], Italian duke of Milan, dies at 55

Duke of Milan Ludovico Sforza
Duke of Milan
Ludovico Sforza
  • 1535-11-01 Francesco Sforza, Italian ruler (Milan), dies
  • 1572-12-30 Galeazzo Alessi, Italian architect (Palazza Marino, Milan), dies at 60
  • 1901-02-11 Milan I, king of Serbia, dies at 56
  • 1938-06-30 Milan Rakic, Serbian poet (Nove Pesme), dies at 61
  • 1957-05-09 Ezio F Pinza, Italian bass (Scale of Milan, NY Met Opera), dies