On This Day

Events in Music on January 3

  • 1780 Danish national anthem "Kong Kristian...," 1st sung
  • 1843 Gaetano Donizetti's opera "Don Pasquale" premieres in Paris

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1893 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's final opera "Iolanta", is first performed outside of Russia in Hamburg, Germany

  • 1914 Kelman/Cushing/Heath' musical "Sari," premieres in NYC

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1920 Arthur Honegger's "Chant de Nigamon," premieres

Composer Arthur Honegger
Composer
Arthur Honegger
  • 1941 Sergei Rachmaninov's "Symphonic Dances" premieres in Philadelphia

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1964 Jack Paar Show, shows a clip of the Beatles singing "She Loves You"

Comedian and TV Host Jack Paar
Comedian and TV Host
Jack Paar

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1969 John Lennon's "2 Virgins" album declared pornographic in NJ

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1970 "Jimmy" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 84 performances
  • 1970 "Mame" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 1508 performances
  • 1971 "President's Daughter" closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC after 72 performances

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1985 Leontyne Price makes her final operatic appearance in a televised performance of "Aida" at the Metropolitan Opera, New York.

Opera Soprano Leontyne Price
Opera Soprano
Leontyne Price
  • 1987 "Oh Coward!" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 56 performances
  • 1987 "Smile" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 48 performances

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1987 Aretha Franklin is the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Soul Singer Aretha Franklin
Soul Singer
Aretha Franklin
  • 1993 "Catskills on Broadway" closes at Lunt-Fontanne NYC after 452 performances
  • 1993 "Christmas Carol" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 22 performances
  • 1993 "Lost in Yonkers" closes at Richard Rodgers NYC after 780 performances
  • 1993 Musical "Secret Garden" closes at St James Theater NYC after 706 performances
  • 1993 "Tommy Tune Tonite!" closes at Gershwin NYC after 10 performances
  • 1994 "Gray's Anatomy" closes at Beaumont Theater NYC after 13 performances
  • 1998 "Side Show," closes at Richard Rodgers NYC after 91 performances

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2019 "Surviving R. Kelly" docuseries investigating sexual abuse by R&B singer R. Kelly premieres on Lifetime in the US

R&B Singer R. Kelly
R&B Singer
R. Kelly