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What happened on March 16 in Venice

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What happened on March 16 in Venice

According to the Venetian Liturgical Calendar, today is St. Archbishop Heribert’s Day

 

- March 16, 1762: after the final reply of N.H. Marco Foscarini, voting on the case of Anzolo Querini, arrested on August 12 of the previous year, takes place, but he is acquitted by only two votes; more than six thousand people flock to St. Mark's Square and, after learning about the outcome of the voting, unleash a riot against Querini and his supporters, because the people see in the Republic the guarantee of their freedom, while those who question it are seen as a threat to the Nation.

 

- March 16, 1819: an elephant is exhibited to the public in a shack on Riva degli Schiavoni, but the pachyderm is nervous, so much so as to force the authorities to expel him from Venice. Late in the evening the loading operations take place on a peata, in front of a huge crowd huddled on the shore or arrived on boats and gondolas, in the light of smoky torches: the elephant breaks the ropes and runs away through calli and campielli, chased by about 50 Austrian soldiers who shoot him, but the beast enters shops, knocks down the doors of houses, destroys a stone well, loots shop windows for food, tries to climb a stairway but falls below; at the end he takes refuge in the Church of Sant'Antonino, where he remains imprisoned with his hind legs in a tomb which had collapsed under his weight, until he is shot dead with a cannon.

 

- March 16, 1843: gas lighting experiment in St Mark’s Square in Venice, with the arrangement of 128 flames around the square itself and 49 inside the Procuratie.



- March 16, 1906: Compagnia Italiana Grandi Alberghi, known as CIGA, is founded in Venice. Among the founders, Count Volpi di Misurata and Count Cini di Monselice. It was one of the world's largest groups in the luxury hotel sector. Its famous logo featured the 4 horses of St Mark’s.

 

 

 

Taken from 'Almanacco di Venezia -1600 anni ab Urbe còndita' by Andrea Gersich and Edoardo Rubini

 

Venice, 16th March 2021

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

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