On This Day in Music

Events in Music

  • 1769 John Harris of Boston, Massachusetts, builds 1st spinet piano
  • 1809 Royal Opera House in London opens
  • 1897 Gustave Kecker/Hugh Martin's musical "Belle of New York City" premieres in NYC
  • 1899 Scott Joplin granted copyright for his "Maple Leaf Rag", the most famous ragtime composition, by the US Copyright Office
  • 1948 "Hilarities (of 1949)" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 14 performances
  • 1979 Bolshoi Ballet dancers Leonid & Valentina Kozlov defect
  • 1979 The Who opens NYC concerts at Madison Square Garden
  • 1980 'Les Miserables' opens at Palais des Sports, Paris
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Birthdays in Music

  • 1587 Francesca Caccini, Italian composer and singer, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1641)
  • 1636 Pietro Sanmartini, Italian composer, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1701)
  • 1684 Johann Gottfried Walther, German composer and musicologist, born in Erfurt, Germany (d. 1748)
  • 1752 Johann Anton Sulzer, Swiss writer and composer, born in Rheinfelden, Aargau, Switzerland (d. 1828)
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Deaths in Music

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Weddings in Music

  • 1955 Actress-singer Debbie Reynolds (23) weds singer Eddie Fisher (27)
  • 2004 Pop star Britney Spears (22) weds rapper-dancer Kevin Federline (26) in Studio City, California
  • 2006 Chinese movie actor Nicholas Tse (26) weds HK actress and cantopop singer Cecilia Cheung (26) at Palawan island in the Philippines
  • 2009 Grammy-winning rock-folk singer Lucinda Williams (56) weds manager Tom Overby at First Avenue in Minneapolis
  • 2010 Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder (45) weds model Jill McCormick (32) in Hawaii