National Anthems in History

Classical: Composers - Orchestras

Events in Music

  • 1780-01-03 Danish national anthem "Kong Kristian...," 1st sung
  • 1792-04-25 "La Marseillaise", later the national anthem of France, is composed by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle in Strasbourg
  • 1792-07-30 500 Marseillaisian men sing France's national anthem for 1st time
  • 1795-07-14 The French National Convention decrees "La Marseillaise" by Claude-Joseph Rouget de Lisle France's national anthem
  • 1848-05-13 First performance of Finland's national anthem
  • 1880-06-24 First performance of "O Canada," the song that would become the national anthem of Canada, at the Congrès national des Canadiens-Français
  • 1883-08-17 The first public performance of the Dominican Republic's national anthem, Himno Nacional.
  • 1900-12-12 National Negro Anthem, "Lift Every Voice & Sing", composed
  • 1922-09-02 President Ebert declares "Deutschland Uber Alles" the German national anthem
  • 1931-03-03 "Star Spangled Banner" officially becomes US national anthem by congressional resolution
  • 1932-05-10 Government declares "Wilhelmus" as the Netherlands' national anthem
  • 1943-12-20 "Internationale" is no longer USSR National Anthem
  • 1954-08-04 The Government of Pakistan approves the National Anthem, written by Hafeez Jullundhry and composed by Ahmed G. Chagla
  • 1960-04-15 Guy Carawan sings "We Shall Overcome" to a Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Raleigh - popularising the song as a protest anthem

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1973-04-01 John Lennon and Yoko Ono form a new country with no laws or boundaries, called Nutopia, its national anthem is silence

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • 1980-07-01 'O Canada' officially becomes the national anthem of Canada.
  • 1984-04-19 Advance Australia Fair is proclaimed as Australia's national anthem, with green and gold the national colors
  • 1985-02-07 "New York, New York" becomes the official anthem of New York City
  • 1989-07-14 Jessye Norman sings French national anthem, La Marseillaise at the Place de la Concorde, Paris, to celebrate 200th anniversary of the French Revolution
  • 1999-08-09 The Diet of Japan enacts a law establishing the Hinomaru and Kimi Ga Yo as the official national flag and national anthem.
  • 2004-08-17 The National Assembly of Serbia unanimously adopts new state symbols for Serbia: Boze Pravde becomes the new anthem and the coat of arms is adopted for the whole country.
  • 2005-11-17 Italy's choice of national anthem, Il Canto degli Italiani, becomes official in law for the first time, almost 60 years after it was provisionally chosen following the birth of the republic.

Birthdays in Music

  • 1673-01-06 1st Duke of Chandos, English aristocrat, eponym of Handel's Chandos Anthems, born in Herefordshire, United Kingdom (d. 1744)
  • 1798-04-08 Dionysios Solomos, Greek poet of the Greek national anthem, born in Zakynthos Island, Greece (d. 1857)
  • 1799-03-07 Frantisek L. Celakovsky, Czech poet (national anthem, folk song)
  • 1801-06-03 František Jan Škroup, Czech composer (Kde domov můj? - Czech national anthem), born in Osice, Czech Republic (d. 1862)
  • 1808-02-04 Josef Kajetán Tyl, Czech playwright, author of the Czech national anthem(d. 1856)
  • 1821-12-08 Josip Runjanin, Croatian Serb composer (Croatian National Anthem) and soldier, born in Vinkovci (d. 1878)
  • 1824-09-08 Jaime Nunó, Spanish composer (Mexican national anthem), born in Sant Joan de les Abadesses, Catalonia (d. 1908)
  • 1847-06-28 Sveinbjörn Sveinbjörnsson, Icelandic composer (Lofsöngur - National Anthem of Iceland), born in Seltjarnarnes, Iceland (d. 1927)
  • 1883-03-27 Jan Kunc, Czech composer (Czech State Anthem), born in Doubravice nad Svitavou (d. 1976)
  • 1885-09-17 Uzeyir Hajibeyov, Soviet composer who composed the anthem used by Azerbaijan during the Soviet period, born in Agjabadi, Russian Empire (d. 1948)
  • 1898-07-06 Hanns Eisler, Austrian composer (East German National Anthem), born in Leipzig, German Empire (d. 1962)
  • 1907-07-22 Zubir Said, Singaporean composer who composed Singapore's national anthem (d. 1987)
  • 1920-04-26 Padu del Caribe ["Father of the Caribbean," born Juan Chabaya Lampe], Aruban pianist and composer who wrote "Aruba Dushi Tera" - Aruba's national anthem, is born

Deaths in Music

  • 1563-03-12 John Bull, English composer, musician and organ builder, credited with composing Britain's national anthem "God Save The King/Queen" (debated), dies at about 68
  • 1857-02-09 Dionysios Solomos, Greek poet of the Greek national anthem, dies at 58
  • 1862-02-07 František Jan Škroup, Czech composer (Kde domov můj? - Czech national anthem), dies at 61
  • 1878-02-02 Josip Runjanin, Croatian Serb composer (Croatian National Anthem) and soldier, dies at 56
  • 1908-07-18 Jaime Nunó, Spanish composer (Mexican national anthem), dies at 83
  • 1927-02-23 Sveinbjörn Sveinbjörnsson, Icelandic composer (Lofsöngur - National Anthem of Iceland), dies at 79
  • 1948-11-23 Uzeyir Hajibeyov, Soviet composer who composed the anthem used by Azerbaijan during the Soviet period, dies at 63
  • 1962-09-06 Hanns Eisler, Austrian composer (East German National Anthem), dies at 64
  • 1976-09-11 Jan Kunc, Czech composer (Czech State Anthem), dies at 93
  • 1987-11-16 Zubir Said, Singaporean composer who composed Singapore's national anthem (b. 1907)