Events in Music on December 30

  • 1689 Henry Purcell & Tates opera "Dido & Aeneas" premieres in Chesea
  • 1731 1st US music concert (Peter Pelham's great room in Boston)
  • 1844 Opera "Stradella" after being rewritten is produced (Hamburg)
  • 1877 Johnannes Brahms' 2nd Symphony in D, premieres in Vienna
  • 1884 Anton Bruckner's 7th Symphony in E, premieres in Leipzig
  • 1929 Cole Porter's musical "Wake Up & Dream" premieres in NYC
  • 1948 "Kiss Me, Kate" opens at New Century Theater NYC for 1077 performances
  • 1950 "Sixty Minute Man" record single released by The Dominoes (Billboard Song of the Year 1951)
  • 1954 "House of Flowers" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 165 performances

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1954 Harold Arlen and Truman Capotes musical "House of Flowers" premieres in NYC

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1961 Premiere of Dmitri Shostakovich's 4th Symphony in Moscow (completed 1936)

  • 1967 Beatles' "Hello Goodbye" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 3 weeks

Music releaseMusic Recording

1968 Frank Sinatra first records "My Way" with lyrics were written by Paul Anka and based on the French song "Comme d'habitude"

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • 1974 Beatles are legally disbanded (4 years after suit was brought)
  • 1975 "Boccaccio" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 7 performances
  • 1978 "The King & I" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 719 performances

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1981 "That Girl" single released by Stevie Wonder (Billboard Song of the Year 1982)

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
  • 1990 "Miser" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 93 performances
  • 1993 "Candles, Snow, & Mistletoe" closes at Palace NYC after 7 performances


2016 Ray Davies of The Kinks is awarded a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II