On This Day

Events in Music on February 20

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1724 George Frideric Handel's opera "Giulio Cesare in Egitto" premieres at the King's Theatre in Haymarket, London

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1816 Gioachino Rossini's opera "Barber of Seville" premieres in Rome

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1917 Jerome Kern, Guy Bolton & P.G. Wodehouse's musical "Oh, Boy!" premieres in New York

Broadway Composer Jerome Kern
Broadway Composer
Jerome Kern
  • 1934 Virgil Thomson and Gertrude Stein's opera "Four Saints in Three Acts" opens on Broadway at the 44th Street Theatre in New York City
  • 1940 Larry Clinton & his Orchestra record "Limehouse Blues"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1959 Jimi Hendrix (16), rock and roll guitarist, plays his first gig in the Temple De Hirsch synagogue basement, Seattle. He is fired from the band after the 1st set due to "wild" playing

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix
  • 1965 Beatles record "That Means A Lot"; unhappy with the results, it was given to P.J. Proby to record, the Beatles version was not released until 1996 on Anthology 2
  • 1977 "My Fair Lady" closes at St James Theater NYC after 384 performances

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

1978 4th People's Choice Awards: John Wayne & Barbra Streisand win (Motion Picture) and James Garner & Mary Tyler Moore win (TV)

Actor John Wayne
Actor
John Wayne
Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
Actress Mary Tyler Moore
Actress
Mary Tyler Moore
  • 1979 "Comin' Uptown" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 45 performances
  • 1991 "Taking Steps" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 78 performances

Music awardsGrammy Awards

1991 33rd Grammy Awards: Another Day in Paradise, Mariah Carey

Singer Mariah Carey
Singer
Mariah Carey
  • 1992 "Private Lives" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 37 performances
  • 1997 "Stanley" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC
  • 2003 During a Great White concert in West Warwick, Rhode Island, a pyrotechnics display sets the club ablaze, killing 100 and injuring over 300 others.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2016 4-inch lock of John Lennon's hair sells for $35,000 to a memorabilia collector at an auction in Dallas, Texas

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon