Events in Music on May 16

  • 1868 Bedrich Smetana's opera "Dalibor" premieres in Prague
  • 1941 1st US radio performance of Bennett's "Symphony in D for the Dodgers"
  • 1946 "Annie Get Your Gun" musical by Irving Berlin, Dorothy and Herbert Fields opens at Imperial Theater NYC, starring Ethel Merman and featuring "There's no Business Like Show Business"

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1947 Billie Holiday is arrested in her New York apartment for possession of narcotics

Jazz Musician Billie Holiday
Jazz Musician
Billie Holiday
  • 1952 "New Faces (of 1952)" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 365 performances
  • 1963 "Beast in Me" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • 1965 "Roar of the Greasepaint" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 232 performances

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1969 Barbra Streisand appears at a Friars Club Tribute

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 1969 The Who's Pete Townsend and Roger Daltrey charged with assault

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1970 Grover Henson Feels Forgotten by Bill Cosby hits #70

Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby
  • 1971 Benjamin Britten's opera "Owen Wingrave" premieres in Aldwych, London
  • 1972 "Don't Play Us Cheap" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 164 performances
  • 1975 Wings release "Listen to What the Man Said" in UK
  • 1980 Brian May of rock group Queen collapses on stage with hepatitis

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1980 Paul McCartney releases "McCartney II" album

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney

Music release#1 in the Charts

1981 "Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes hits #1 for next 9 weeks

Actress Bette Davis
Bette Davis
  • 1982 "Barnum" closes at St James Theater NYC after 854 performances
  • 1982 "Is There Life after High School?" closes at Barrymore after 12 performances
  • 1984 "When Doves Cry" single released by Prince (Billboard Song of the Year 1984)
  • 1987 "Mystery of Edwin Drood" closes at Imperial NYC after 608 performances

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1987 Weird Al Yankovic performs live at 72nd National Orange Show

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic
  • 1992 "Smells Like Nirvana" by Weird Al Yankovic hits #35
  • 1993 "3 Men on a Horse" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 40 performances
  • 1993 "Wilder, Wilder, Wilder" closes at Circle in Sq NYC after 30 performances

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2002 "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones" directed by George Lucas, starring Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman opens in cinemas

  • 2009 54th Eurovision Song Contest: Alexander Rybak for Norway wins singing "Fairytale" in Moscow

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2018 Painting "Past Times" by Kerry James Marshall is bought by Sean Combs for $21.1 million, most paid for a living African American atist

Rapper Puff Daddy
Puff Daddy