On This Day

Events in Music on May 20

  • 1896 The six ton chandelier of the Palais Garnier opera house in Paris falls on the crowd resulting in the death of one and the injury of many others
  • 1961 Henzes opera "Elegy for Young Lovers," premieres in Schwetzingen
  • 1967 BBC bans the Beatles' "A Day in the Life" because of drug references
  • 1970 Beatles' "Let it Be" movie premieres in UK
  • 1972 "Different Times" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 24 performances
  • 1972 "Hard Job Being God" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 6 performances
  • 1973 "2 Gentlemen of Verona" closes at St James Theater NYC after 613 performances
  • 1979 "I Love My Wife" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 864 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1979 Elton John is the 1st western pop star to tour USSR

Singer Elton John
Elton John
  • 1980 Drummer Peter Criss quits rock band Kiss
  • 1983 "Every Breath You Take" single released by The Police (Billboard Song of the Year 1983)
  • 1984 "On Your Toes" closes at Virginia Theater NYC after 505 performances
  • 1990 "Truly Blessed" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 33 performances
  • 1992 Rap singer raps 597 syllables in under 60 seconds
  • 2006 51st Eurovision Song Contest: Lordi for Finland wins singing "Hard Rock Hallelujah" in Athens

Music awardsMusic Awards

2012 20th Billboard Music Awards: Adele, 21 win

Singer-songwriter Adele

Music awardsMusic Awards

2018 K-pop boy band BTS are the first Koreans to perform at the Billboard Music Awards

K-Pop Star Jimin
K-Pop Star