Events in Music on February 2

  • 1633 M Rossi's opera "Erminia sul Giordano" premieres in Rome

Music Premiere

1731 George Frideric Handel's opera "Poro" premieres in London

Music Premiere

1762 Thomas Arne's opera "Artaxerxes" premieres in London

  • 1795 Joseph Haydn's 102nd Symphony in B premieres

Music Premiere

1823 Gioachino Rossini's opera "Semiramide" premieres in Venice

  • 1900 Gustave Charpentiers opera "Louise" premieres in Paris
  • 1914 James Royce Shannon's musical "Shameen Dhu" premieres in NYC
  • 1926 3 men dance Charleston for 22 hours

Music History

1940 Frank Sinatra performs at the Lyric Theater in Indianapolis, Indiana, his first as featured singer with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra

  • 1946 "Nellie Bly" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • 1950 Morton Gould and Dorothy Field's colonial-era musical "Arms and the Girl", starring Nanette Fabray and Pearl Bailey, opens at 46th St Theater, NYC; runs for 134 performances

#1 in the Charts

1952 B.B. King's “3 O’Clock Blues” hits #1 on the US Billboard's R&B hit parade to become his first national hit

  • 1957 "Candide" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 73 performances

Music Concert

1959 Buddy Holly's last performance at Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa [1]

  • 1963 Helen Shapiro begins tour (Beatles are part of undercard)
  • 1973 "Midnight Special" rock music show debuts on NBC-TV

#1 in the Charts

1974 Barbra Streisand's 1st #1 hit, "The Way We Were"

Theatrical Finale

1986 "Jerome Kern Goes to Hollywood" closes at Ritz NYC after 13 performances

#1 in the Charts

1991 Sting scores his second UK #1 album with 'The Soul Cages'

Music History

1992 IRS & Willie Nelson settle on $9M tax bill (of $16.7M)

  • 1995 "Molière Comedies" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 56 performances
  • 1997 "Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus" closes at Gershwin NYC

#1 in the Charts

2003 Jennifer Lopez starts a three week run at #1 on the US singles chart with "All I Have"

  • 2003 Russian pop girl duo Tatu start a four-week run at #1 on the UK singles chart with "All The Things She Said"

Television Premiere

2009 "RuPaul's Drag Race" hosted by RuPaul premieres on Logo TV

Music History

2019 American singer R. Kelly arrested after turning himself in on ten counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, including with three minors