On This Day

Events in Music on May 25

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1878 W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan's comic opera "H.M.S. Pinafore" premieres in London, their first international success

English Dramatist William Schwenck Gilbert
English Dramatist
William Schwenck Gilbert
  • 1887 Gas lamp at Paris Opera catches fire; 200 die
  • 1957 "Shinbone Alley" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 49 performances
  • 1962 Isley Brothers release "Twist & Shout"
  • 1963 "Hot Spot" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 43 performances
  • 1965 Dave Davies of The Kinks stumbles and is knocked unconscious on stage

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1967 John Lennon takes delivery of his psychedelically painted Rolls Royce

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1968 Rolling Stones release "Jumping Jack Flash"
  • 1968 Unicorn by The Irish Rovers hits #7

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1973 George Harrison releases "Give Me Love" in UK

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
  • 1977 "Beatles Live! At Star-Club in Hamburg Germany" released

Film release premierFilm Release

1977 Original "Star Wars" movie (Episode IV – A New Hope), directed by George Lucas and starring Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford first released

Film Director George Lucas
Film Director
George Lucas
Actor Harrison Ford
Actor
Harrison Ford
Actress Carrie Fisher
Actress
Carrie Fisher
  • 1980 "Musical Chairs" closes at Rialto Theater NYC after 15 performances
  • 1983 "Return of the Jedi" (Star Wars part VI), produced by George Lucas first released

Music releaseMusic Recording

1989 Weird Al Yankovic records "She Drives Like Crazy"

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic
  • 1991 "People Are Still Having Sex" by LaTour hits #35

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2000 53rd Cannes Film Festival: "Dancer in the Dark" directed by Lars von Trier and starring Björk (Best Actress) wins the Palme d'Or

Singer Björk
Singer
Björk
  • 2002 47th Eurovision Song Contest: Marie N for Latvia wins singing "I Wanna" in Tallinn

Music awardsMusic Awards

2011 46th Academy of Country Music Awards: Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert & Brad Paisley win

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift
Singer-songwriter
Taylor Swift