Events in Music on December 25

Music History

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

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

Music Premiere

1915 Irving Berlin & Harry B Smith's musical revue "Stop! Look! Listen!" premieres at the Globe Theater, NYC; runs for 105 performances

  • 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

Radio Premiere

1937 Arturo Toscanini conducts 1st "Symphony of the Air" concert over NBC Radio

Music Premiere

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

Catholic Encyclical

1955 Pope Pius XII encyclical on sacred music & popular music

Music History

1957 Richard Starkey (later better known as Ringo Starr) receives his first drum set

Music History

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

Engagement of Interest

1967 Beatle Paul McCartney and British actress Jane Asher get engaged; engagement publicly broken six months later

Film Premiere

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)

Music History

1989 Leonard Bernstein conducts Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in East Berlin's Schauspielhaus to celebrate fall of the Berlin Wall. Broadcast worldwide to audience of 100 million.

  • 1994 "Comedy Tonight" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 8 performances