On This Day in Music for April 20

Events in Music

  • 1759 George Frideric Handel is buried in Westminster Abbey, London
  • 1865 Crosby Opera House opens in Chicago, Illinois; destroyed in the Great Fire of 1871
  • 1896 1st public film showing in US John Philip Sousa's "El Capitan" premieres in NYC
  • 1954 "Golden Apple" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 125 performances
  • 1955 "Saint of Bleecker St" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 92 performances
  • 1960 "From A to Z" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 21 performances
  • 1963 "Sophie" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • 1968 British rock band billed as "Roundabout" debuts in Kastrup, Denmark; after a brief tour of Scandinavia, they change their name to "Deep Purple"
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Musicians Born on Apr 20

  • 1594 Matthäus Appelt, German composer, born in Neustadt, Silesia (d. 1648)
  • 1705 Balthasar Schmid, German composer and printer, born in Nuremberg, Bavaria (d. 1749)
  • 1725 Johann Friedrich Klöffler, German composer, born in Kassel, Germany (d. 1790)
  • 1748 Georg Michael Telemann, German composer, born in Plön, Germany (d. 1831)
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