Events in Music


Music releaseMusic Premiere

1850 Richard Wagner‘s opera “Lohengrin” premieres at Weimar, Germany

Composer Richard Wagner
Richard Wagner
  • 1922 Albert von Tilzer & Neville Fleesons musical premieres in NYC
  • 1939 Sammy Fain and Jack Yellen’s musical “George White’s Scandals” premieres
  • 1953 “Me & Juliet” opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 358 performances

Music releaseMusic Recording

1962 Tony Sheridan & Beat Brothers record “Ya Ya (Parts 1 + 2)”

Singer-Songwriter and and Guitarist Tony Sheridan
Singer-Songwriter and and Guitarist
Tony Sheridan

Music concertMusic Concert

1965 Bob Dylan booed for playing electric guitar at a concert in New York’s Forest Hills

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
  • 1982 “Sugar Babies” closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 1208 performances
  • 1983 “Mame” closes at Gershwin Theater NYC after 41 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1986 Tina Turner‘s star unveiled in Hollywood

Singer Tina Turner
Tina Turner

Music awardsMusic Awards

2003 20th MTV Video Music Awards: Missy Elliott, Beyoncé and Justin Timberlake win

Singer Beyoncé Knowles
Beyoncé Knowles
Singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake
  • 2003 20th MTV Video Music Awards: Missy Elliott, Beyoncé and Justin Timberlake win

Music awardsMusic Awards

2011 28th MTV Video Music Awards: Katy PerryLady Gaga & Justin Bieber win

Pop Star Katy Perry
Pop Star
Katy Perry
Pop Star Justin Bieber
Pop Star
Justin Bieber
Singer-Songwriter Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga

Birthdays in Music

  • 1673 Conrad Michael Schneider, composer
  • 1700 Carolomannus Pachschmidt, composer
  • 1754 Peter Winter, German composer, born in Mannhein, Germany (d. 1825)
  • 1775 Sophie Gail, French singer and composer, born in Paris (d. 1819)
  • 1826 Walter Cecil Macfarren, English pianist and composer, born in London (d. 1905)
  • 1827 Teresa Milanollo, Italian composer, born in Savigliano, Italy (d. 1904)
  • 1829 Albert Dietrich, German composer and conductor, born in Meissen, Germany (d. 1908)
  • 1831 Fredrick Vilhelm Ludvig Norman, Swedish composer, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1885)
  • 1840 Ira D. Sankey, American evangelist, composer and singer (Gospel hymns), born in Edinburg, Pennsylvania (d. 1908)
  • 1872 Alfred Baldwin Sloan, American composer, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1925)
  • 1881 Arne Eggen, Norwegian composer, born in Trondheim, Norway (d. 1955)
  • 1885 Armas Toivo Valdemar Maasalo, Finnish composer and organist, born in Rautavaara, Finland (d. 1960)
  • 1887 Daniel Zamudio, composer
  • 1890 Ivor Gurney, English composer and poet, born in Gloucester (d. 1937)
  • 1894 Karl Böhm, Austrian conductor, born in Graz, Austria (d. 1981)
  • 1901 Paul Henry Lang, Hungarian-American critic and musicologist (NY Herald Tribune), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1991)
  • 1903 Rudolph Wagner-Regeny, composer, born in Transylvania, Kingdom of Hungary (d. 1969)
  • 1913 Richard Tucker [Reuben Ticker], American tenor (NY Met Opera), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1975)
  • 1914 Glenn Osser, American orchestra leader (Paul Whiteman Goodyear Revue), born in Munising, Michigan (d. 2014)
  • 1916 Hélène Baillargeon, Quebec singer and folklorist (d. 1997)
  • 1924 Vilayat Khan, composer
  • 1925 Donald O’Connor, American dancer and actor (Singin’ in the Rain), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2003)
  • 1925 Billy Grammer, American country music singer and guitarist
  • 1928 James Wild, music teacher
  • 1929 Istvan Kertesz, Hungarian orchestral and operatic conductor, born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1931 John Perkins, singer (Crew Cuts), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1931 John Shirley-Quirk, baritone (Death in Venice), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1932 Carlene Polite, US dancer/activist/author (Sister X)
  • 1939 Clem Cattini, English rock drummer (the Tornados), born in London
  • 1939 Edward Patten, US soul singer (Gladys Knight & the Pips)
  • 1940 Nik Turner, English musician (Hawkwind)
  • 1943 Anne “Honey” Lantree, rocker
  • 1945 Bob Segarini, Musician and radio personality
  • 1948 Daniel Seraphine, rock drummer (Chicago-If You Leave Me Now), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1949 Hugh Cornwell, rocker (The Stranglers-Dreamtime)
  • 1951 Dave Hlubek, rock guitarist (Molly Hatchet)
  • 1951 Wayne Osmond, singer (Osmond Brothers, Donnie & Marie), born in Ogden, Utah
  • 1951 Keiichi Suzuki, Japanese composer
  • 1961 Kim Appleby, Stoke Newington, English singer (Mel & Kim-Coming to America), born in London, England

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1965 Shania Twain, Canadian singer (You’re Still the One), born in Windsor Ontario

Singer Shania Twain
Shania Twain
  • 1966 Jerry Fehily, rocker (Hothouse Flowers-Don’t Go)
  • 1969 Mary McCartney, daughter of Beatle Paul and Linda McCartney
  • 1969 Jack Black, American actor (High Fidelity, Kung Fu Panda), comedian and singer (Tenacious D), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1970 Rick Recht, Jewish singer
  • 1973 DJ Assault, American musician
  • 1974 Takahito Eguchi, Japanese composer
  • 1978 Jess Margera, American drummer (CKY)
  • 1979 Shaila Durcal, Spanish singer
  • 1983 Alfonso Herrera, Actor, and singer in the Latin pop group RBD
  • 1991 Sarah Jane Santos, Filipino singer

Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1953 Jazz musician Ella Fitzgerald (36) divorces bass player Ray Brown (27) after 6 years of marriage

Jazz Musician Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Musician
Ella Fitzgerald

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2009 Blake Fielder-Civil (27) divorces Grammy award-winning singer Amy Winehouse (25) due to adultery after 2 years of marriage

Singer Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse


Deaths in Music

  • 1647 Johann Dilliger, composer, dies at 53
  • 1676 Joan Cererols, Catalan musician, composer and monk, dies at 57
  • 1767 Johann Schobert, composer, dies
  • 1885 Julius Hopp, Austrian composer, dies at 66
  • 1903 August Labitzky, composer, dies at 70
  • 1914 Anatol Konstantinovich Lyadov, composer (Baba Yaga), dies at 59 [NS]
  • 1914 Anatoli Liadov, composer, dies at 59
  • 1958 Nikolay Semyonovich Golovanov, composer, dies at 67
  • 1959 Bohuslav Jan Martinu, Czech composer (Hry o Marti), dies at 68
  • 1960 Anton Lajovic, composer, dies at 81
  • 1982 Nini de Boel, Flemish operetta singer (White Horse), dies at 84
  • 1988 Hazel Dawn, US singer/actress (Under Clover, Margie), dies at 98
  • 1991 Christian Anders, actor/composer (Death Stone, Love Cult), dies
  • 1994 Pieter de Cort, Belgian rock guitarist (Betty Goes Green), dies at 25
  • 2007 Hilly Kristal, American Founder of CBGB/Punk rock legend (b. 1932)
  • 2009 DJ AM [ Adam Goldstein], American DJ and musician, dies of a drug overdose at 36
  • 2013 Rob du Bois, Dutch composer, dies at 79
  • 2014 Glenn Cornick, English rock bassist, dies from heart failure at 67
  • 2016 Juan Gabriel, [Alberto Aguilera Valadez], Mexican singer, dies at 66