On This Day

Events in Music on February 28

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1728 George Frideric Handel's opera "Siroe, re di Persia" premieres in London

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1819 1st public performance of a Franz Schubert's song "Schäfers Klageleid"

Composer Franz Schubert
Franz Schubert
  • 1862 Charles Gounod's opera "La Reine de Saba" premieres in Paris
  • 1904 Vincent d'Indy's 2nd Symphony in B, premieres
  • 1920 Maurice Ravel's orchestral suite "Le tombeau de Couperin" premieres in Paris
  • 1925 "Tea For Two" by Marion Harris hits #1
  • 1943 George Gershwin's "Porgy & Bess" opens on Broadway with Anne Brown & Todd Duncan
  • 1950 "Alive & Kicking" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 46 performances
  • 1959 "Goldilocks" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 161 performances
  • 1966 Cavern Club (Beatles hangout) in Liverpool closes
  • 1970 "Georgy" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 4 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1972 George Harrison is involved in a minor car accident

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison

Music awardsGrammy Awards

1976 18th Grammy Awards: "Love Will Keep Us Together" Record of the Year, Natalie Cole 1st African American to win Best New Artist

Singer and Songwriter Natalie Cole
Singer and Songwriter
Natalie Cole
  • 1980 "The Well-Tuned Piano" by La Monte Young premieres (takes 4 h 12 m)

Music awardsGrammy Awards

1984 26th Grammy Awards: Michael Jackson wins 8 Grammys

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • 1991 "Les Miserables" opens at Theatre Carre, Amsterdam
  • 1991 "Speed of Darkness" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 36 performances
  • 1993 "Anna Christie" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 54 performances

Music awardsGrammy Awards

1996 38th Grammy Awards: Jagged Little Pill, Alanis Morissette wins

Singer-Songwriter Alanis Morissette
Alanis Morissette
  • 1998 "View From the Bridge" closes at Criterion Theater NYC

Music awardsMusic Awards

2001 15th Soul Train Music Awards: The Isley Brothers, Destiny's Child & Jay-Z win

Rapper & Record Producer Jay-Z
Rapper & Record Producer

Music awardsMusic Awards

2005 19th Soul Train Music Awards: Ice Cube, Usher & Ciara win

Singer Usher
Rapper Ice Cube
Ice Cube
Singer Ciara