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What happened on March 19 in Venice

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What happened on March 19 in Venice

According to the Venetian Liturgical Calendar, today is St. Isepo (San Giuseppe)’s Day, to whom a church is dedicated in Castello

It’s Palace Feast Day

He is the Patron of the Arts of: Marangoni da Caxe, Casseleri, Lasagneri

 

- March 19, 1769: naturalist Giuseppe Olivi dies in Padua. Born in Chioggia, he is an expert in chemistry, mineralogy, botany, agriculture, the author of remarkable scientific essays on marine fauna (in particular on crabs and shells), enjoys great fame in Europe, especially for his work «Adriatic zoology or Catalog raisonné of the animals of the gulf and lagoons of Venice». Olivi is considered the forerunner of modern marine biology studies.

 

- March 19, 1775: forty noble families from the mainland, who have enjoyed local nobility for four generations and an income of ten thousand ducats a year, join the Maggior Consiglio.

 

- March 19, 1775: the bridge of Veneta Marina collapses for the second time because of the crowds for the feast of S. Giuseppe in Castello. A priest breaks his leg and many people suffer bruises from falling into the water, but there are no deaths.

- March 19, 1810: explorer Giovanni Miani is born in Rovigo. In his two attempts to search for the sources of the Nile River, he ventures further upstream than any other explorer of the time, then organizes an expedition to explore Mombuttu, but weakened by hardship he dies in 1872 in the residence of Sultan Munza, in a wild region, where Europeans had not yet set foot. The precious ethnographic collections, which he collected during his travels, are now preserved in the Natural History Museum of Venice.

 

- March 19, 1914: the Italian Navy carries out maneuvers in Venice: around half past five in the evening, a steamboat from Lido, with 60 passengers on board, after reaching the Orfani canal, is hit by the 56 T torpedo boat and sinks in a few moments. The prompt rescue leads to a large number of people being saved, despite the rapid sinking that causes about twenty deaths.

 

 

 

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

 

Venice, 19th March 2021

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

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