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

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

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 and 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 Umberto Giordano's opera "Andrea Chenier" premieres at La Scala, Milan with Giuseppe Borgatti singing the title role

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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 Italian football club Inter Milan founded as Foot-Ball Club Internazionale
  • 1909-05-13 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 Terron's "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 of 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

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1960-05-21 Leontyne Price becomes the first African American to sing the lead at Teatro alla Scala in Milan in "Aida"

Opera Soprano Leontyne Price
Opera Soprano
Leontyne Price
  • 1963-05-22 8th European Cup: Milan beats Benfica 2-1 at London
  • 1964-10-04 Italian Autostrada del Sol opens at Milan-Naples

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1965-04-28 Luciano Pavarotti makes his debut at La Scala, Milan in Franco Zeffirelli's production of "La bohème" with Mirella Freni

Operatic Tenor Luciano Pavarotti
Operatic Tenor
Luciano Pavarotti
  • 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 Björn 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 and 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)
  • 2017-05-28 Tom Dumoulin wins the 100th Giro d’Italia in Milan, 1st Dutchman to win
  • 2017-12-17 Brazilian footballer and former AC Milan and Real Madrid player Kaka retires

Famous Birthdays

  • 0133-01-30 Didius Julianus [Marcus Severus Didius Julianus], Roman Emperor, born in Milan, Italy (d. 193)
  • 1302-12-07 Azzone Visconti, Lord of Milan (1329-39), born in Ferrara, Italy (d. 1339)
  • 1401-07-23 Francesco Sforza, Italian condottiero and Duke of Milan (1401–1466), born in San Miniato, Tuscany (d. 1466)
  • 1425-03-31 Bianca Maria Visconti, Duchess of Milan (d. 1468)
  • 1444-01-24 Galeazzo Maria Sforza, Duke of Milan (d. 1476)

Person of interestLudovico Sforza

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 (1489-1494), born in Naples, Italy (d. 1524)
  • 1492-05-08 Andrea Alciato, Italian lawyer and writer, born in Alzate Brianza, Milan, Italy (d. 1550)
  • 1538-04-26 Gian Paolo Lomazzo, Italian painter and poet (Trattato), born in Milan (d. 1592)
  • 1538-10-02 Saint Charles Borromeo, Italian cardinal and Archbishop of Milan (1564-84), born in Arona, Milan, Italy (d. 1584)
  • 1571-09-29 Caravaggio [Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio], Italian painter, (Saint Francis of Assisi in Ecstasy), born in Milan [d. 1610] [date disputed]
  • 1607-03-01 Giovanni Francesco Milanta, composer
  • 1688-07-19 Giuseppe Castiglione, Italian Jesuit brother and missionary to China, born in Milan, Italy (d. 1766)
  • 1754-05-24 Giacomo Conti, Italian composer, born in Milan, Italy (d. 1805)
  • 1773-05-03 Giuseppe Acerbi, Italian traveller and naturalist, born in Castel Goffredo, Milan, Italy (d. 1846)
  • 1807-03-14 Josephine of Leuchtenberg, Queen of Sweden and Norway, born in Milan, Italy (d. 1876)
  • 1808-06-28 Cristina Trivulzio di Belgioioso, Italian princess and politician, born in Milan, Lombardy, Italy (d. 1871)
  • 1813-04-23 Frédéric Ozanam, French scholar and founder of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, born in Milan, Italy (d. 1853)
  • 1826-09-08 Disma Fumagalli, Italian composer, born in Inzago, Milan, Italy (d. 1893)

Person of interestErnesto Teodoro Moneta

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

Person of interestThomas Edison

1847-02-11 Thomas Edison, American inventor (lightbulb, phonograph, motion picture camera), born in Milan, Ohio (d. 1931)

Inventor Thomas Edison
Thomas Edison
  • 1854-08-22 Milan I, King of Serbia, born in Mărășești, Romania (d. 1901)
  • 1859-09-04 Edoardo Mascheroni, Italian composer, born in Milan (d. 1941)
  • 1876-07-17 Vittorio Gnecchi, Italian composer (Cassandra), born in Milan, Italy (d. 1954)
  • 1881-09-15 Ettore Bugatti, Italian-French automobile designer and manufacturer (Automobiles E. Bugatti), born in Milan, Italy (d. 1947)
  • 1888-10-11 Piero Coppola, Italian composer, born in Milan, Italy (d. 1971)
  • 1893-11-14 Carlo Emilio Gadda, Italian writer, born in Milan (d. 1973)
  • 1906-11-02 Luchino Visconti, Italian director (The Leopard, Death in Venice), born in Milan (d. 1976)
  • 1908-12-20 Julio César Brero [or Giulio Cesare], Italian-born Argentine composer and lawyer (Novella), born in Milan, Italy (d. 1973)
  • 1910-05-03 Alceo Galliera, Italian composer, born in Milan (d. 1996)
  • 1910-08-23 Giuseppe Meazza, Italian footballer, born in Milan, Italy (d. 1979)
  • 1911-12-03 Nino Rota, Italian composer (Torquemada, the Godfather films), born in Milan, Italy (d. 1979)
  • 1912-12-11 Carlo Ponti, Italian film producer (Marriage Italian Style, Doctor Zhivago), born in Magenta, Lombardy (d. 2007)
  • 1913-06-04 Bruno Bettinelli, Italian composer and teacher (Musica per archi), born in Milan, Italy (d. 2004)
  • 1914-07-24 Riccardo Malipiero, Italian composer, born in Milan (d. 2003)
  • 1917-03-23 Patricia Burke, actress (Forbidden), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1918-01-21 Antonio Janigro, Italian cellist (Zagreb Soloists), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1923-02-10 Cesare Siepi, basso (NY Metropolitan Opera), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1923-10-13 Faas Wilkes, Dutch soccer star (Xerxes/Fortuna/Inter Milan), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 2016)
  • 1925-01-01 Valentina Cortesa, Italian actress (Day for Night, Kidnap Syndicate), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1932-05-11 Valentino [Garavani], fashion designer, born in Milan, Italy
  • 1933-06-26 Claudio Abbado, Italian composer and conductor (London Symph-1982), born in Milan, Italy (d. 2014)
  • 1934-02-18 Aldo Ceccato, conductor (Detroit Symph Orch 1973-77), born in Milan, Italy

Person of interestGiorgio Armani

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, ballerina, born in Milan, Italy
  • 1940-03-20 Gianpiero Moretti, steering wheel designer (Momo), born in Milan, Italy (d. 2012)
  • 1941-09-18 Mariangela Melato, Italian actress (Flash Gordon, Summer Night), born in Milan, Italy (d. 2013)
  • 1942-01-05 Maurizio Pollini, Italian classical pianist, born in Milan, Italy
  • 1947-03-21 Franco Mussida, Italian progessive rock musician (Premiata Forneria Marconi), born in Milan
  • 1949-03-28 Milan Williams, American keyboardist (Commodores-Three Times a Lady), born in Okolona, Mississippi
  • 1949-05-10 Miuccia Prada, Italian fashion designer , born in Milan, Italy
  • 1950-09-20 Loredana Berte, singer/2nd ex wife of Bjorn Borg, born in Milan, Italy
  • 1953-02-20 Riccardo Chailly, conductor (West Berlin Symph Orchestra), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1954-04-03 Elisabetta Brusa, Italian composer, born in Milan
  • 1955-01-15 Enrico Mentana, Italian newscaster (RAI), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1955-03-09 Teo Fabi, Italian Formula-1 Indy-car racer (rookie of year-1983), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1959-06-10 Carlo Ancelotti, A.C. Milan coach
  • 1960-02-18 Greta Scacchi, actress (Coca-Cola Kid, White Mischief), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1961-03-15 Fabio Lanzoni, romance novels model (Fabio After Dark), born in Milan, Italy
  • 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], wrestler (WCW), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1963-12-22 Giuseppe Bergomi, Italian footballer, born in Milan, Italy
  • 1964-10-31 Marco van Basten, Dutch soccer star (Ajax, AC Milan), born in Utrecht, Netherlands
  • 1966-11-11 Benedicta Boccoli, Italian actress (Valzer), born in Milan Italy
  • 1967-11-27 Laura Golarsa, tennis star (Oklahoma City doubles), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1968-06-26 Paolo Maldini, Italian footballer (A.C. Milan, Italy national team), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1970-12-15 Frankie Dettori, Italian jockey, born in Milan, Italy
  • 1971-12-02 Francesco Toldo, Italian Football Player (Inter Milan)
  • 1972-04-27 Silvia Farina, Italian tennis star (1995 Maria Lankowitz doubles), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1972-05-05 Brigitta Boccoli, actress (Manhattan Baby), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1973-03-09 Matteo Salvini, Italian politician, Deputy Prime Minister of Italy (2018-), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1973-03-13 Edgar Davids, Dutch soccer player (Ajax, AC Milan), born in Paramaribo, Suriname
  • 1973-09-06 Carlo Cudicini, Italian football goalkeeper, born in Milan, Italy
  • 1974-08-22 Stefano Verderi, Italian guitarist (Le Vibrazioni), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1975-07-27 Alessandro Pistone, Italian footballer, born in Milan, Italy
  • 1980-06-23 Francesca Schiavone, Italian tennis player (French Open 2010), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1981-10-03 Zlatan Ibrahimović, Swedish footballer (Sweden national team, Milan, Paris St. Germain), born in Malmö, Sweden
  • 1987-01-07 Davide Astori, Italian footballer (Milan), born in San Giovanni Bianco, Italy (d. 2018)

Famous Deaths

  • 0397-04-04 Saint Ambrose, Governor of Liguria and Bishop of Milan (374-97), dies at about 57
  • 1101-09-30 Anselm IV, Archbishop of Milan
  • 1402-09-03 Gian Galeazzo Visconti, duke and tyrant of Milan (1395-1402), dies at 51
  • 1466-03-08 Francesco Sforza, Italian condottiero and Duke of Milan (1401–1466), 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

Person of interestLudovico Sforza

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
  • 1584-11-03 Saint Charles Borromeo, Italian cardinal and Archbishop of Milan (1564-84), dies at 46
  • 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
  • 2018-03-04 Davide Astori, Italian footballer (Milan), dies from cardiac arrest at 31