On This Day

Events in Music on May 19

  • 1886 Camille Saint-Saëns' 3rd Symphony in C premieres
  • 1911 Maurice Ravel's opera "L'Heure Espagnole" premieres in Paris
  • 1958 "South Pacific" soundtrack album goes #1 & stays #1 for 31 weeks
  • 1962 "Bravo, Giovanni" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 76 performances
  • 1962 "John Birch Society" by Chad Mitchell Trio hits #99
  • 1973 "Daisy A Day" by Jud Strunk hits #14
  • 1973 "Smith" opens at Eden Theater NYC for 17 performances
  • 1979 "In The Navy" by Village People hits #3
  • 1980 "Blackstone" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 104 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1983 Weird Al Yankovic gives live performance at Wax Museum in Washington, D.C.

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic
  • 1984 "King Of Suede" by Weird Al Yankovic hits #62
  • 1984 109th Preakness: Angel Cordero Jr aboard Gate Dancer wins in 1:53.6

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990 "Elvis" TV Drama about early life of Elvis Presley last airs on ABC

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • 1991 "Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story" closes at Shubert NYC after 225 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

1992 "Some Gave All" debut album by Billy Ray Cyrus is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1993)

Country Singer-Songwriter Billy Ray Cyrus
Country Singer-Songwriter
Billy Ray Cyrus

Film release premierFilm Release

1999 Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, directed by George Lucas, starring Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman and Liam Neeson is released in cinemas

Actress Natalie Portman
Actress
Natalie Portman
Actor Ewan McGregor
Actor
Ewan McGregor
Film Director George Lucas
Film Director
George Lucas
  • 2007 English FA Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London (89,826): Chelsea beats Manchester United, 1 – 0 (a.e.t.); Didier Drogba scores 116' winner for Blues' 4th title

Music awardsMusic Awards

2013 21st Billboard Music Awards: Taylor Swift, Red win

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift
Singer-songwriter
Taylor Swift
  • 2019 64th Eurovision Song Contest won by Duncan Laurence of the Netherlands
  • 2020 WHO member states agree to set up an inquiry into the global response to the pandemic, including looking at the WHO itself