November 1st, 1604: William Shakespeare's tragedy "Othello" was first performed, at Whitehall Palace in London.
Here's a lithography representing "Othello defending himself against the accusations of Brabantio":
Shakespeare took the plot of Othello from Cinthio’s Gli Hecatommithi (1565) – a story about Disdemona and her Moorish husband, who is duped by his villainous Ensign. Shakespeare removed the idea that the Ensign was motivated by lust for Disdemona, and he added the characters of Roderigo and Brabantio.
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