On This Day

Irving Berlin

Composer and Lyricist Irving Berlin

Profession: Composer and Lyricist

United States of America

Why Famous: Of Russian-Jewish origin Irving Berlin is widely considered one of the greatest songwriters in American history for hits such as Alexander's Ragtime Band, God Bless America and There's No Business Like Show Business.

Born: May 11, 1888
Birthplace: Tyumen, Russian Empire

Generation: Lost Generation
Star Sign: Taurus

Died: September 22, 1989 (aged 101)
Cause of Death: Natural causes

Married Life

  • 1926-01-04 Composer Irving Berlin (37) weds heiress Ellin Mackay in a simple civil ceremony

Historical Events

  • 1914-12-08 Irving Berlin's musical "Watch your Step" premieres in NYC
  • 1915-12-25 Irving Berlin & Harry B Smith's musical premieres in NYC
  • 1918-08-19 Irving Berlin's musical "Yip Yip Yaphank" premieres in NYC
  • 1932-02-17 Irving Berlin's musical "Face the Music" premieres in NYC
  • 1939-11-11 Kate Smith first sings Irving Berlin's "God Bless America"
  • 1940-05-28 Irving Berlin's musical "Louisiana Purchase" premieres in NYC
  • 1942-07-24 Irving Berlin's musical "This is the Army" premieres in NYC
  • 1946-05-16 "Annie Get Your Gun" musical by Irving Berlin, Dorothy and Herbert Fields opens at Imperial Theater NYC, starring Ethel Merman and featuring "There's no Business Like Show Business"