On This Day

Events in Music on April 20

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Film release premierFilm Premier

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

Music releaseMusic Recording

1971 Barbra Streisand records "We've Only Just Begun"

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1972 Virgil Thomson's final opera, "Lord Byron", with libretto by Jack Larson, first performance at Lincoln Center, New York City

Romantic Poet Lord Byron
Romantic Poet
Lord Byron

Music releaseMusic Single

1974 Paul McCartney & Wings release single "Band on the Run" in the US

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1976 George Harrison sings "The Lumberjack Song" with Monty Python in NYC

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
Comedian and Actor Michael Palin
Comedian and Actor
Michael Palin
Actor, Comedian John Cleese
Actor, Comedian
John Cleese
  • 1981 Rocker Papa John Phillips arrested for drug possession
  • 1981 "Fire and Smoke" single released by Earl Thomas Conley (Billboard Song of the Year 1981)
  • 1986 "Jerry's Girls" closes at St James Theater NYC after 139 performances
  • 1991 "Les Miserables" opens at Odense Teater, Odense

Music concertMusic Concert

1992 All-star concert in memory of Freddie Mercury held at Wembley Stadium, London

Singer-Songwriter Freddie Mercury
Singer-Songwriter
Freddie Mercury

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1992 Madonna signs $60-million deal with Time Warner

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
Madonna
  • 1997 "Gin Game" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 144 performances
  • 1997 "Present Laughter" closes at Walter Kerr Theater NYC