On This Day

October 1880 in Music History

Events in Music

Music History

Oct 1 John Philip Sousa becomes new director of US Marine Corps Band

Birthdays in Music

  • Oct 2 George Alexander Russell, American organist, composer and the first Frick Professor of Music for Princeton University, born in Franklin, Tennessee (d. 1953)
  • Oct 6 Julia Culp, mezzo-soprano
  • Oct 7 Jaime Pahissa, composer
  • Oct 12 (James) Healey Willan, British-Canadian organist, composer, and educator, born in Balham, London, England (d. 1968)
  • Oct 23 Una O'Connor, Irish-American actress (Banjo, David Copperfield, Invisible Man), born in Belfast, Ireland (d. 1959)

Deaths in Music

  • Oct 5 Jacques Offenbach, German-French composer (Tales of Hoffman), dies at 61
  • Oct 16 Edward Wolff, Polish pianist and composer, dies at 64