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Events in Music on May 24

  • 1873 Leo Delibes' opera "Le Roi l'a Dit" premieres in Paris

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1873 Alexandra Palace opens on Queen Victoria's 54th birthday with a grand celebration including concerts, recitals and fireworks

Queen of the United Kingdom Queen Victoria
Queen of the United Kingdom
Queen Victoria

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1933 Dmitri Shostakovich's Preludes premieres in Moscow

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1948 Benjamin Britten's "Beggar's Opera" premieres in Cambridge

  • 1956 1st Eurovision Song Contest: Lys Assia for Switzerland wins singing "Refrain" in Lugano
  • 1958 "New Girl in Town" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 432 performances

Music ConcertThe Beatles on Ed Sullivan

1964 Beatles' 3rd appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show"

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The Beatles with TV host Ed Sullivan during their first appearance on his show in February 1964
The Beatles with TV host Ed Sullivan during their first appearance on his show in February 1964
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  • 1966 "Mame" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 1508 performances

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1968 Mick Jagger & Marianne Faithfull arrested for drug possession

Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger
  • 1969 Beatles' "Get Back" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 5 weeks
  • 1969 "Sugar, Sugar" single released by The Archies (Billboard Song of the Year 1969)
  • 1970 Peter Green quits Fleetwood Mac to join a religious cult

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1974 "The Dean Martin Show" last airs on NBC-TV

Actor, Comedian and Singer Dean Martin
Actor, Comedian and Singer
Dean Martin
  • 1980 "Rock Lobster" by B-52s hits #56
  • 1984 "Wiz" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 13 performances

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1989 Weird Al Yankovic records his UHF soundtrack

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic
  • 1994 Poison singer Bret Michaels is involved in a car crash
  • 2003 48th Eurovision Song Contest: Sertab Erener for Turkey wins singing "Everyway That I Can" in Riga
  • 2008 53rd Eurovision Song Contest: Dima Bilan for Russia wins singing "Believe" in Belgrade