1834 – Born on August 31st in Paderno Fasolaro, Lombardy, Italy. Italian musical composer.
1851 – His first dramatic work, written in collaboration with two other composers, was Il Sindaco Babbeo.
1856 – Returned to Cremona, where his opera I Promessi Sposi was produced.
1871 – A revised version of I Promessi Sposi, which was produced at Milan, was his first genuine success.
1876 – Ponchielli reached the zenith of his fame with La Gioconda, written to a libretto founded by Arrigo Boito upon Victor Hugo’s tragedy, Angelo, Tyran de Padoue.
1881 – Ponchielli was made maestro di cappella of Piacenza Cathedral.
1883 – Was a professor in Milan Conservatory.
1886 – Died on January 16th in Milan, Italy.