On This Day

Events in Music on December 25

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1896 "Stars & Stripes Forever" written by John Philip Sousa

  • 1905 V Herbert/H Blossoms musical "Mlle Modiste" premieres in NYC

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1915 Irving Berlin & Harry B Smith's musical premieres in NYC

Composer and Lyricist Irving Berlin
Composer and Lyricist
Irving Berlin
  • 1917 Louis Hirsch and Otto Harbach's musical "Going Up" premieres in New York City
  • 1931 NY's Metropolitan Opera broadcasts an entire opera over radio
  • 1937 Arturo Toscanini conducts 1st Symphony of the Air over NBC Radio

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1940 Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart's musical "Pal Joey" premieres in NYC

Composer Richard Rodgers
Composer
Richard Rodgers

BeatificationCatholic Encyclical

1955 Pope Pius XII encyclical on sacred music & popular music

260th Pope Pius XII
260th Pope
Pius XII

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1964 George Harrison's girlfriend Patti Boyd attacked by female Beatle fans

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison

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1967 Singer Paul McCartney & actress Jane Asher get engaged

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney

Film release premierFilm Premier

1973 "The Sting" directed by George Roy Hill, starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford and music inspired by Scott Joplin premieres in Los Angeles and New York (Best Picture 1974)

Actor Robert Redford
Actor
Robert Redford
Actor and Entrepreneur Paul Newman
Actor and Entrepreneur
Paul Newman
Ragtime Composer Scott Joplin
Ragtime Composer
Scott Joplin
  • 1994 "Comedy Tonight" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 8 performances