On This Day

On This Day in Music for May 25

Events in Music

  • 1878 W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan's comic opera "H.M.S. Pinafore" premieres in London, their first international success
  • 1887 Gas lamp at Paris Opera catches fire; 200 die
  • 1934 Béla Bartók's "Cantata Profana - The Nine Enchanted Stags" premieres in London, England, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Wireless Chorus conducted by Aylmer Buesst
  • 1957 "Shinbone Alley" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 49 performances
  • 1962 Isley Brothers release "Twist & Shout"
  • 1963 "Hot Spot" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 43 performances
  • 1965 Dave Davies of The Kinks knocked unconscious in an on stage scuffle with drummer Mick Avory at Cardiff’s Capital Theatre
  • 1967 John Lennon takes delivery of his psychedelically painted Rolls Royce
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Weddings in Music

  • 1996 Actress Kelley Menighan (29) weds actor-singer Jon Hensley (31) in Chicago, Illinois

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Musicians Who Died on May 25

  • 1555 Gemma Frisius [Jemme Reinerszoon], Frisian physician, mathematician and instrument maker (created globe), dies at 46
  • 1765 Pierre-Joseph Le Blan, Flemish carillonneur and composer, dies at 53
  • 1826 Christian Friedrich Ruppe, Dutch-German composer, dies at 72
  • 1862 Johann Nestroy, Austrian actor, singer and playwright (Judith und Holofernes), dies at 60
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