On This Day

Events in Music on October 20

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1877 Franz Schubert's 2nd Symphony in B premieres

Composer Franz Schubert
Franz Schubert
  • 1934 Richard Strauss completes his opera "Die Schweigsame Frau"
  • 1954 "Peter Pan" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 149 performances
  • 1955 "No Time for Sergeants" opens on Broadway, starring Andy Griffith

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1962 Peter, Paul and Mary's debut folk album "Peter, Paul and Mary" reaches No. 1 on US album charts

Folk Singer Mary Travers
Folk Singer
Mary Travers
  • 1962 Musical "Mr President" opens at St James Theater New York for 265 performances
  • 1964 "Golden Boy" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 569 performances
  • 1964 Riot at Rolling Stones show in Paris (150 arrested)
  • 1965 Beatles receive a gold record for "Yesterday"
  • 1968 "Her 1st Roman" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 17 performances
  • 1971 "Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death" opens at Barrymore for 325 per

AustraliaSydney Opera House

1973 Queen Elizabeth II opens the Sydney Opera House
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The Sydney Opera House, New South Wales, Australia
The Sydney Opera House, New South Wales, Australia
  • 1974 Bard's presentation of "Richard III" opens at Lincoln Center NYC
  • 1977 Six killed in Lynyrd Skynyrd plane crash in McComb, Mississippi including band members Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gains, Cassie Gaines and Dean Kilpatrick
  • 1977 Plane chartered by rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd crashes in a wooded area near Gillsburg, Mississippi, killing six

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1979 Bob Dylan appears on "Saturday Night Live"

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels

Music releaseAlbum Release

1987 Geffen records release their first album, Donna Summer's "The Wanderer"

Singer Donna Summer
Donna Summer
  • 1991 "Andre Heller's Wonderhouse" opens at Broadhurst NYC for 9 performances
  • 1996 "Summer & Smoke" closes at Criterion Theater NYC