On This Day

May 1849 in Music History

Events in Music

  • May 10 Pack destroys Astor Place opera house in NYC (22 killed)

Birthdays in Music

  • May 27 "Blind" Tom Wiggins, African-American pianist and composer, born in Harris County, Georgia (d. 1908)

Deaths in Music

  • May 11 Otto Nicolai, German composer & conductor, dies at 38 of a stroke