On This Day

Events in Music on December 6

Music Premiere

1841 Robert Schumann's 4th Symphony in D premieres

Music History

1846 Hector Berlioz's dramatic oratorio "La Damnation de Faust" by Hector Berlioz at the Opéra-Comique, Paris

Music Premiere

1939 Cole Porter's musical "Du Barry Was A Lady" opens at 46th Street Theatre, NYC; runs 408 performances

  • 1956 "Happy Hunting" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 413 performances
  • 1957 Roger Sessions' 3rd Symphony premieres in Boston with Charles Munch conducting the Boston Symphony
  • 1963 The Beatles begin a tradition of releasing a Christmas record for fan club members

Music History

1963 President Lyndon B. Johnson confers Presidential Medal of Freedom on 31 recipients selected by JFK, including: contralto Marian Anderson; diplomat Ralph Bunche; cellist Pablo Casals; Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter; labor leader George Meaney; architect Mies van der Rohe; pianist Rudolf Serkin; writers E.B. White and Thorton Wilder; and painter Andrew Wyeth; as well as posthumously to JFK himself, and Pope John XXIII

  • 1965 2 trucks crashed into a crowd of dancers in Sotouboua Togo, kills 125
  • 1969 "Buck White" closes at George Abbott Theater NYC after 7 performances

Music Concert

1969 300,000 attend Altamont free concert in California, featuring The Rolling Stones. Marred by violence and four deaths.

Music History

1974 George Harrison releases "Ding Dong, Ding Dong"

  • 1991 "Les Miserables" opens at Circustheater, Scheveningen
  • 1995 6th Billboard Music Awards: TLC & Hootie & The Blowfish win

Music History

1995 Michael Jackson collapses while rehearsing for an HBO special