On This Day

Events in Music on March 2

  • 1789 Pennsylvania ends prohibition of theatrical performances
  • 1825 1st grand opera in US sung in English, NYC

Film PremierKing Kong Premieres

1933 "King Kong" film directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack, starring Fay Wray premieres at Radio City Music Hall and RKO Roxy in NYC
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Poster for the 1933 film
Poster for the 1933 film "King Kong", the first in a series of movies about the giant gorilla

Music releaseMusic Single

1956 "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" single cover released by Elvis Presley

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • 1959 Ceremony to mark the start of construction of the Sydney Opera House at Bennelong Point, Sydney
  • 1961 "13 Daughters" opens at 54th St Theater NYC for 28 performances
  • 1964 Beatles begin filming "A Hard Day's Night", Harrison meets Patti Boyd

Film release premierFilm Release

1965 One of the most popular musical films of all time, "The Sound of Music", starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1966)

Actor Christopher Plummer
Actor
Christopher Plummer
Actress and Singer Julie Andrews
Actress and Singer
Julie Andrews

Music awardsGrammy Awards

1967 9th Grammy Awards: "Strangers in the Night" by Frank Sinatra wins best record, "Michele" by The Beatles best song

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1969 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 14th Symphony

Music awardsGrammy Awards

1974 16th Grammy Awards: Roberta Flack Best Record - "Killing Me Softly", Stevie Wonder Best Album - "Innervisions"

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Singer-Songwriter
Stevie Wonder
  • 1976 "Bubbling Brown Sugar" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 766 performances
  • 1976 Holgate, Kemp & Lopez' musical premieres in NYC
  • 1988 30th Grammy Awards: Graceland, Joshua Tree, Jody Watley

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1989 Madonna's "Like a Prayer" premieres on worldwide Pepsi commercial

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
Madonna
  • 1991 "Aspects of Love" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 377 performances
  • 1991 "La Bete" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 24 performances

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1994 Miami begins a Latin walk of fame, 1st star for Gloria Estefan

  • 1995 "Smokey Joe's Cafe" opens at Virginia Theater NYC

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2020 American rap group Public Enemy part ways with Flavor Flav after 35 years over playing for free at Bernie Sanders rally

Rapper & TV star Flavor Flav
Rapper & TV star
Flavor Flav
US Senator Bernie Sanders
US Senator
Bernie Sanders