Why Famous: The most important musical figure in the transitional period between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western music.
- 1792-12-12 In Vienna, Ludwig Von Beethoven (22) receives 1st lesson in music composition from Franz Joseph Haydn
- 1795-03-29 Ludwig van Beethoven (24) has his debut performance as pianist in Vienna
- 1800-04-02 1st performance of Ludwig van Beethoven's 1st Symphony in C
- 1803-04-05 1st performance of Beethoven's 2nd Symphony in D
- 1805-04-07 Premiere of Beethoven's "Eroica" (conducted by himself)
- 1805-11-20 Beethoven's "Fidelio" premieres in Vienna
- 1807-03-05 1st performance of Ludwig von Beethoven's 4th Symphony in B
- 1810-04-27 Beethoven composes his famous piano piece, Für Elise
- 1813-12-08 Ludwig von Beethoven's 7th Symphony in A, premieres
- 1814-02-27 Ludwig von Beethoven's 8th Symphony in F premieres
- 1823-10-05 Weber visits Beethoven
- 1824-03-26 1st performance of Beethoven's "Missa Solemnis"
- 1824-05-07 Beethoven's 9th (Chorale) Symphony, premieres in Vienna
- 1826-03-21 Beethoven's "String Quartet No. 13" in B flat major (Op 130) premieres in Vienna
- 1827-03-29 20,000 attend Ludwig von Beethovens burial in Vienna
- 1912-11-07 The Deutsche Opernhaus (now Deutsche Oper Berlin) opens in the Berlin neighborhood of Charlottenburg, with a production of Beethoven's Fidelio.
- 1934-09-17 RCA Victor releases 1st 33 1/3 rpm recording (Beethoven's 5th)
- 1941-07-19 BBC World Service begins playing V(ictory) ("...-" in Morse code) (opening of Beethoven's 5th symphony)