On This Day

May 1849 in Music History

Events in Music

  • May 10 Astor Place Riot: Backers of American actor and working class hero Edwin Forrest attempt to disrupt British actor William McReady's performance at Astor Place Opera House in NYC; Military troops supporting police shoot at the crowd, killing between 22 and 31 [1]

Birthdays in Music

  • May 27 "Blind" Tom Wiggins, African-American pianist and composer, born in Harris County, Georgia (d. 1908) [1]

Deaths in Music

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