What happened on March 15 in VeniceAlmanac of Venice
What happened on March 15 in Venice
According to the Venetian Liturgical Calendar, today is St. Pope Zacharias’ Day
- March 15, 1322: the community of the island of Sibenik swears allegiance to the Republic.
- March 15, 1541: Compagnia dei Sempiterni, i.e. of the Immortals, is founded in Venice, formed by young patricians who want to hold dance parties and theatrical performances to have fun and entertain the people, so that on that day they throw a big party with decorations designed by Titian; during the following feasts the walls of Venice are covered with enormous writings: 'Long live the Sempiterni', however unknown hands change the wording to 'Long live the sempi eterni', meaning 'Long live the immortal fools' in the Venetian language.
- March 15, 1752: the Veneto Government grants access to the shops located under the arcades of the Doge's Palace to poor artisans, free of charge.
- March 15, 1869: the Italian Gymnastics Federation is founded by Pietro Gallo Domenico Pisoni and Costantino Reyer at the latter's home in Calle della Bissa. It is the first federation to be founded in Italy, with the specific purpose of promoting the health and well-being of the population through sport. Initially born to promote gymnastics only, over the years it came to include more disciplines, amongst them football and basketball. Its first gymnasium was Palazzo Diedo in Cannaregio, in 1914 it was housed at Scuola Grande della Misericordia, and in 1977 at Palazzetto Gianquinto in Castello.
Taken from 'Almanacco di Venezia -1600 anni ab Urbe còndita' by Andrea Gersich and Edoardo Rubini
Venice, 15th March 2021
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