Events in Music on April 20

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1759 George Frideric Handel is buried in Westminster Abbey, London

  • 1865 Chicago's Crosby Opera House opens

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 & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1976 George Harrison sings lumberjack song with Monty Python

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

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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