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Performance - Notable Historical Events

James IAug 7, 1606

HandelJul 7, 1713

Ludwig van BeethovenApr 2, 1800

Franz SchubertFeb 28, 1819

Pyotr Ilyich TchaikovskyOct 25, 1875

Richard WagnerAug 13, 1876

Harry HoudiniOct 24, 1926

Igor StravinskyMar 25, 1946

Buddy HollyFeb 2, 1959

John LennonNov 4, 1963

Agatha ChristieDec 23, 1970

Elvis PresleyJun 26, 1977

Weird Al YankovicMay 19, 1983

Oscar PetersonJun 8, 2007

Heath LedgerFeb 22, 2009

Hugh JackmanDec 6, 2009

Alan RickmanApr 1, 2011

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Performance - Historical Events
Date Event
1598-04-30

1st theater performance in America (Spanish comedy-Rio Grande)

1606-08-07

Possible first performance of Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth performed in the Great Hall at Hampton Court Palace for King James I.

1611-04-20

First known performance of Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth at the Globe Theatre, London recorded by Simon Forman

1713-07-07

1st performance of George F Handel's "Te Deum" & "Jubilate"

1749-04-27

First performance of Handel's Fireworks Music in Green Park, London.

1794-03-03

1st performance of Joseph Haydn's 101st Symphony in D

1800-04-02

1st performance of Ludwig van Beethoven's 1st Symphony in C

1801-04-24

1st performance of Joseph Haydn's oratorio "Die Jahreszeiten"

1803-04-05

1st performance of Beethoven's 2nd Symphony in D

1805-11-25

Opera "Thaïs" first American performance

1807-03-05

1st performance of Ludwig von Beethoven's 4th Symphony in B

1819-02-28

1st public performance of a Franz Schubert song, "Schäfers Klageleid"

1824-03-26

1st performance of Beethoven's "Missa Solemnis"

1841-03-31

1st performance of Robert Schumann's 1st Symphony in B

1842-03-03

1st performance of Felix Mendelssohn's 3rd "Scottish" Symphony

1848-05-13

First performance of Finland's national anthem.

1849-09-10

1st performance by US actor Edwin Booth (Richard III)

1858-11-09

1st performance of NY Symphony Orchestra

1859-03-28

1st performance of John Brahms' 1st Serenade for orchestra

1865-06-10

Wagner's "Tristan und Isolde" 1st performance Munich Germany

1868-04-10

1st performance of John Brahms' "A German Requiem"

1875-10-25

The first performance of the Piano Concerto No. 1 by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is given in Boston, Massachusetts with Hans von Bülow as soloist.

1876-08-13

The Bayreuth Festspielhaus opens with the first complete performance of Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle

1880-06-24

First performance of "O Canada," the song that would become the national anthem of Canada, at the Congrès national des Canadiens-Français.

1882-12-11

Boston's Bijou Theatre, 1st American playhouse lit exclusively by electricity, 1st performance, Gilbert & Sullivan's "Iolanthe"

1883-03-31

1st performance of Caesar Franck's "Le Chasseur Maudit"

1883-08-17

The first public performance of the Dominican Republic's national anthem, Himno Nacional.

1884-03-08

1st performance of Edward MacDowell's 2nd Piano suite

1885-03-15

1st performance of Caesar Franck's "Lesson Djinns"

1888-03-10

1st performance of Caesar Franck's "Psyche"

1892-04-28

1st performance of Antonin Dvorák's overture "Carneval"

1893-10-28

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky conducts first performance of his Symphony Number Six in B minor, "Pathetique"

1894-04-09

1st performance of Anton Bruckner's 5th Symphony in B in Graz

1895-04-14

1st performance of Gustav Mahler's (incomplete) 2nd Symphony

1895-05-20

1st commercial movie performance (153 Broadway, NYC)

1897-04-19

1st performance of Debussy's "Pelléas et Mélisande"

1899-03-05

1st performance of Edward MacDowell's 2nd Concerto in D

1901-03-14

1st performance of Anton Bruckner's 6th Symphony in A

1901-10-27

1st complete performance of Debussy's "Nocturnes"

1902-03-08

1st performance of Jean Sibelius' 2nd Symphony

1904-03-18

1st performance of Edward Elgar's "In the South (Alassio)"

1906-03-10

1st performance of Maurice Ravel's "Sonatine"

1908-03-15

1st performance of Maurice Ravel's "Rapsodie Espagnole"

1911-11-18

Opera "Lobetanz" first American performance

1915-09-29

Dutch Opera's 1st performance

1917-05-03

1st performance of Ernest Bloch's symphony "Israel"

1919-02-27

1st public performance of Holst's "Planets"

1920-12-24

Enrico Caruso gives his last public performance (NYC)

1923-04-15

1st sound on film public performance shown at Rialto Theater (NYC)

1925-04-23

1st London performance of operetta "Fasquita" staged

1926-04-03

1st performance of Jean Sibelius' 7th Symphony in C

1926-10-24

Harry Houdini's last performance, which was at the Garrick Theatre in Detroit, Michigan.

1927-04-22

1st performance of Roger Sessions' Symphony in E

1930-03-28

1st performance of Walter Piston's Suite for orchestra (Boston)

1938-03-26

NBC radio performance of Howard Hanson's 3rd Symphony

1939-04-23

1st performance of Béla Bartok's 2nd Concerto for violin

1939-05-06

1st performance of Honegger/Claudel's "Jeanne d'Arc Ouch B-cher"

1941-03-29

1st performance of Benjamin Britten's "Requiem Symphony"

1941-05-16

1st US/radio performance of Bennett's "Symphony in D for the Dodgers"

1942-07-05

1st performance of Heitor Villa-Lobos' Choros 6/9/11

1943-04-28

1st performance of Marc Blitzstein's "Freedom Morning"

1944-03-03

1st performance of corporal Samuel Barber's 2nd Symphony

1944-03-05

1st performance of Walter Piston's 2nd Symphony

1944-07-09

World's largest circus tent catches fire at Ringling Brother's - Barnum & Bailey 2nd performance, 168 die (Hartford Conn)

1946-03-25

1st performance of Igor Stravinsky's "Ebony Concerto"

1946-04-05

1st performance of Charles Ives' 3rd Symphony

1947-08-06

1st performance of Villa-Lobos' "Bachianas Brasilieras No 8"

1952-05-02

1st performance of John Cage's "Water Music"

1954-03-12

1st performance of Arnold Schoenberg's "Moses und Aaron"

1957-03-08

1st performance of David Diamond's 6th Symphony in Boston

1957-03-30

1st performance of Walter Piston's 4th Symphony

1959-02-02

Buddy Holly's last performance

1960-04-23

1st performance of Ferde Grofe's "San Francisco Suite"

1960-05-02

Harry Belafonte 2nd Carnegie Hall performance

1960-08-18

The Beatles give their 1st public performance (Kaiserkeller in Hamburg)

1962-01-30

2 members of Flying Wallendas' high-wire act killed when their 7-person pyramid collapsed during a performance in Detroit

1962-07-12

Rolling Stones 1st performance (Marquee Club, London)

1963-08-03

Beatles final performance at Cavern Club in Liverpool

1963-11-04

John Lennon utters his infamous "rattle your jewellery" line at a Royal Variety Performance in London

1965-03-05

1st performance of Walter Piston's 8th Symphony

1966-03-24

Selective Service announces college deferments based on performance

1968-05-02

1st performance of Roger Sessions' 8th Symphony

1968-10-02

1st London performance of "Promises, Promises" presented

1969-03-22

"Billy" opens & closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC after 1 performance

1969-07-25

1st performance of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (Fillmore East, NY)

1969-09-13

Plastic Ono Band's (John, Yoko & Eric Clapton) 1st live performance

1969-12-14

"La Strada" opens/closes at Lunt Fontanne NYC for 1 performance

1970-02-04

"Gantry" opens at George Abbott Theater NYC for 1 performance

1970-02-14

"Gantry" closes at George Abbott Theater NYC after 1 performance

1970-05-23

Grateful Dead's 1st performance outside US (England)

1970-12-23

7,511th performance of Agatha Christie's play "The Mousetrap" (record)

1971-04-11

"Johnny Johnson" opens/closes at Edison Theater NYC for 1 performance

1971-04-24

"Frank Merriwell" opens and closes at Longacre Theater NYC (1 performance only)

1972-05-21

"Heathen!" opens & closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC for 1 performance

1972-07-16

Smokey Robinson & Miracles final live performance

1974-03-16

1st performance at new Grand Ole Opry House at Opryland in Nashville

1976-01-13

Sarah Caldwell is 1st woman to conduct at NY's Metropolitan Opera House as she led orchestra in a performance of "La Traviata"

1977-06-26

Elvis Presley sings in Indianapolis, the last performance of his career

1980-12-14

"Onward Victoria" opens/closes at Martin Beck NYC for 1 performance

1980-12-30

"Wonderful World of Disney," last performance on NBC-TV

1981-04-20

Final performance of TV show "Soap" airs

1983-05-19

Weird Al Yankovic gives live performance at Wax Museum in Wash DC

1983-09-29

"A Chorus Line" 3,389 performance to become longest running Bdwy show

1984-06-09

Weird Al Yankovic gives a live performance at Starlight Amphitheater

1984-06-19

"Weird Al" Yankovic gives free live performance at Del Mar Fair

1984-09-25

1st London performance of musical "Stepping Out" presented

1985-03-06

Yul Brynner appears in his 4,500th performance of "King & I"

1989-05-12

"Entertainment Tonight" makes 2,000th TV performance

1993-03-14

3,000th performance of "Nunsense"

1994-09-28

"Cats" 5,000th Broadway performance (joins Chorus Line & Oh! Calcutta!)

1996-01-29

6,138th performance of "Cats" is held in London, surpassing record of Broadway's longest-running musical, "A Chorus Line"

1996-04-14

"Apple Doesn't Fall" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 1 performance

1996-04-15

"Apple Doesn't Fall" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 1 performance

1997-04-03

"Dream-Johnny Mercer Musical" opens at Royale NYC for 109 performance

1998-01-25

"Grease," closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 1,503 performance

2002-05-11

Last performance of the musical Cats in London's West End.

2002-10-26

Moscow Theatre Siege: Approximately 50 Chechen rebels and 150 hostages die when Russian Spetsnaz storm a theater building in Moscow, which had been occupied by the rebels during a musical performance three days before.

2007-06-08

Jazz legend Oscar Peterson is forced to cancel his appearance at the Carnegie Hall all-star performance (held in his honour), owing to illness

2009-02-22

Heath Ledger, posthumously, wins the Academy Award for Best Supporting Act for his performance as the Joker in "The Dark Knight"

2009-10-23

The UK markets had contracted by 0.4% in the third quarter against what was expected to be a period of growth, as a result of unexpectedly poor performance by the service sector

2009-12-06

Final Broadway performance of "A Steady Rain", starring Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig

2011-04-01

Alan Rickman's last performance in "Seminar" on Broadway

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Performance - Birthdays
Date Event
1911-11-12

Mime Fønss, The Performance Will Be Followed by a Dance

1913-07-18

Red Skelton, Red Skelton: A Royal Command Performance

1914-9-23

Aileen Burke, Farewell Performance

1920-02-02

Yuriko, Martha Graham: An American Original in Performance

1925-02-24

David Wood, Martha Graham: An American Original in Performance

1928-10-20

Bryan Blackburn, A Royal Gala Variety Performance

1932-07-29

Johnny Shannon, Performance

1934-01-17

Donald Cammell, Performance

1934-07-01

John Bown, A Performance of Macbeth

1939-08-17

Anthony Valentine, Performance

1939-10-12

Carolee Schneemann, Fox Chase Pennsylvania, American performance artist

1942-9-25

Anna-Louise Lefèvre, The Performance Will Be Followed by a Dance

1944-11-21

Tom Bogs, The Performance Will Be Followed by a Dance

1946-11-30

Marina Abramović, Belgrade Serbia, US based performance artist

1947-06-05

Laurie Anderson, performance artist (O Superman, Excellent Birds)

1947-07-17

Camilla Parker-Bowles, The Royal Variety Performance 2006

1953-02-09

Sean O'Phelan, High Performance

1954-9-29

Marshall Holman, Bowling/Command Performance

1955-03-01

Timothy Laurence, The Royal Variety Performance 2011

1955-10-17

J.J. Belle, Performance

1959-02-06

Randy Kienel, Performance Anxiety

1964-04-29

David J. Bernstein, Live Performance Show #7

1969-02-20

Vaginal Davis, American drag queen and performance artist

1972-07-24

Rev. Jen Miller, American performance artist

1974-02-15

Miranda July, American performance artist

1975-12-22

Angela Lovell, Top 24 Performance Show: Part 1 (Guys)

1976-11-06

Jacquie Aquines, USO Performance

1977-01-11

Nadia Turner, Top 20 Performance Show: Part 2 (Girls)

1978-06-14

Joseph Murena Jr., Top 24 Performance Show: Part 1 (Guys)

1978-11-29

Nathan King, Top 7 Performance Show: Ballads

1979-04-21

Anwar Robinson, Top 24 Performance Show: Part 1 (Guys)

1980-02-12

Rustam Kasymov, Command Performance

1980-08-15

Nicole Snell, Speed Channel Porsche: Performance Everyday

1980-08-19

Rodesia Eaves, No Way Jim Moves on After That Performance. Right, Simon? Simon?

1981-06-18

Amanda Avila, Top 20 Performance Show: Part 2 (Girls)

1981-07-26

Anna Bell Peaks, Peak Performance

1981-9-17

Renata Christine Barton, Past Performance

1982-04-28

Nikko Smith, Top 24 Performance Show: Part 1 (Guys)

1982-06-04

Melissa Molinaro, Command Performance

1982-9-17

Irson Kudikova, Command Performance

1984-10-04

Jay Biz, Terrence J's Birthday and Young Buck's Performance

1985-02-05

Lindsey Cardinale, Top 20 Performance Show: Part 2 (Girls)

1986-06-27

Jared Yates, Top 24 Performance Show: Part 1 (Guys)

1987-08-15

Marko Petric, The Performance

1988-12-22

Ben James-Ellis, The Royal Variety Performance 2007

1990-03-01

James Lomas, The Royal Variety Performance 2006

1992-05-30

Liam Mower, The Royal Variety Performance 2006

1994-05-25

Aly Raisman, Week 1: Performance Show

1996-03-09

Darsheel Safary, Youngest Indian actor to win filmfare award for best performance

1996-04-29

Ida Lundgren, Command Performance

Performance - Deaths
Date Event
1944-10-05

Fred MacKaye, The Last Performance

1945-03-13

Sinclair Hill, Command Performance

1987-09-29

Sean O'Phelan, High Performance

1994-08-18

Mime Fønss, The Performance Will Be Followed by a Dance

1996-04-24

Donald Cammell, Performance

1997-09-17

Red Skelton, Red Skelton: A Royal Command Performance

2002-04-21

David Wood, Martha Graham: An American Original in Performance

2004-10-28

Bryan Blackburn, A Royal Gala Variety Performance

2004-11-26

J.J. Belle, Performance

2006-12-27

Randy Kienel, Performance Anxiety

2009-03-04

Triztán Vindtorn, Norwegian poet and performance artist (b. 1942)

2015-11-10

Legendary musician Allen Toussaint dies after performance in Spain


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