On This Day

Events in Music in 1933

Film Premiere

Jan 5 "Cavalcade" based on the play by Noël Coward, directed by Frank Lloyd and starring Diana Wynyard and Clive Brook premieres in New York (Best Production/Picture 1934)

King Kong Premieres

Mar 2 "King Kong" film directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack, starring Fay Wray premieres at Radio City Music Hall and RKO Roxy in NYC

  • Mar 23 Kroll Opera in Berlin opens

Music History

May 24 Dmitri Shostakovich's Preludes premieres in Moscow

  • Jul 1 Strauss & von Hofmannsthal's opera "Arabella," premieres at the Semperoper Opera House in Dresden, Germany
  • Jul 22 Caterina Jarboro sings "Aida" at the New York Hippodrome, becoming the 1st black female opera singer to perform in the US

Radio Premiere

Jul 25 1st Dutch live radio concert: Duke Ellington

  • Jul 28 1st singing telegram delivered (to Rudy Vallee), NYC

Music History

Nov 11 Billie Holiday's second song and first hit, "Riffin' the Scotch", is released

Film Release

Nov 24 Fred Astaire's 1st film, "Dancing Lady", released