April

 

April 1, 1776 – Friedrich von Klinger’s “Sturm und Drang” premieres in Leipzig

April 1, 1854 – Hard Times begins serialisation in Charles Dickens magazine, “Household Words”

April 1, 1857 – Herman Melville publishes The Confidence-Man

April 1, 1891 – Painter Gauguin leaves Marseille for Tahiti

April 1, 1918 – Henry Miller’s Theater opens at 124 W 43rd St NYC

April 1, 1930 – “Blue Angel” starring unknown Marlene Dietrich premieres in America

April 1, 1956 – 10th Tony Awards: Diary of Anne Frank & Damn Yankees win

April 1, 1963 – Soap operas “General Hospital” & “Doctors” premier on TV

April 1, 1966 – 1st world festival of black art (Dakar, Senegal)

April 1, 1976 – “Helter Skelter”, detailing Charles Manson’s cult “family”, their capture, trial, conviction and aftermath, premieres on CBS

April 1, 2011 – Alan Rickman’s last performance in “Seminar” on Broadway

April 1, 2012 – 32nd Golden Raspberry Awards: Jack and Jill wins

April 1, 2012 – 47th Academy of Country Music Awards: Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, and Miranda Lambert win

April 1, 2013 – The world’s first smelling TV screen is unveiled in Japan

April 1, 2017 – Bob Dylan receives his Nobel Prize for Literature at a private ceremony in Stockholm

April 2, 1800 – 1st performance of Ludwig van Beethoven’s 1st Symphony in C

April 2, 1827 – Joseph Dixon begins manufacturing lead pencils

April 2, 1902 – Electric Theatre, the first full-time movie theater in the United States, opens in Los Angeles, California

April 2, 1944 – Dmitri Shostakovitch’s 8th Symphony premieres in NY

April 2, 1947 – Carlo Terron’s “Il diamente del profeta” premieres in Rome

April 2, 1954 – Plans to build Disneyland 1st announced

April 2, 1956 – Peter Ustinovs’ “Romanoff & Juliet” premieres in Manchester

April 2, 1956 – Soap operas “As the World Turns” & “Edge of Night” premiere on TV

April 2, 1968 – Beatles form Python Music Ltd

April 2, 1968 – “2001 A Space Odyssey” directed by Stanley Kubrick premieres in Washington, D.C.

April 2, 1971 – Sci-fi soap opera “Dark Shadows” concludes an almost 5 year run

April 2, 1972 – Tennessee Williams’ “Small Craft Warnings” premieres in NYC

April 2, 1974 – 46th Academy Awards: “The Sting”, Glenda Jackson & Jack Lemmon win

April 2, 1977 – Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours” album goes #1 & stays #1 for 31 weeks

April 2, 1978 – TV soap show “Dallas” starring Larry Hagman and Barbara Bel Geddes premieres on CBS (as a 5 week mini-series)

April 2, 1978 – Velcro was 1st put on the market

April 3, 1911 – Harry James Smith’s “Mrs Bumsted-Leigh” premieres in NYC

April 3, 1917 – Alfred Stieglitz opens 1st one-person show of Georgia O’Keeffee’s work at 291 art gallery in New York

April 3, 1926 – 1st performance of Jean Sibelius’ 7th Symphony in C

April 3, 1930 – 2nd Academy Awards – “The Broadway Melody”, Warner Baxter & Mary Pickford win

April 3, 1941 – Walton’s overture “Scapino” premieres in Chicago

April 3, 1951 – Christopher Fry’s “Sleep of Prisoners” premieres in Oxford

April 3, 1954 – “Me & Juliet” closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 358 performances

April 3, 1955 – The American Civil Liberties Union announces it will defend Allen Ginsberg’s book Howl against obscenity charges

April 3, 1957 – Samuel Beckett’s “Endgame” premieres in London

April 3, 1958 – “Say, Darling” opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 332 performances

April 3, 1964 – Beatles hold top 6 spots on Sydney Australia record charts

April 3, 1968 – “Planet of the Apes” United States wide premiere

April 3, 1971 – 16th Eurovision Song Contest: Severine for Monaco wins singing “Un banc, un arbre, une rue” in Dublin

April 3, 1976 – 21st Eurovision Song Contest: Brotherhood of Man for United Kingdom wins singing “Save Your Kisses for Me” in The Hague

April 3, 1978 – 50th Academy Awards: “Annie Hall”, Richard Dreyfuss & Diane Keaton win

April 4, 1655 – The “miraculous” statue entitled the Infant of Prague is solemnly crowned by command of Cardinal Harrach

April 4, 1859 – Opera “Dinorah” is produced (Paris)

April 4, 1914 – “Perils of Pauline” shown for 1st time in LA

April 4, 1929 – “New Moon” musical opens in London

April 4, 1932 – George Bernard Shaw’s “Too True to be Good” premieres in NYC

April 4, 1940 – R Rodgers/Lorenz Hart’s “Higher & Higher” premieres in NYC

April 4, 1956 – Enid Bagnold’s “Chalk Garden” premieres in London

April 4, 1957 – Heitor Villa-Lobos’ 10th Symphony, premieres in Paris

April 4, 1960 – 32nd Academy Awards: “Ben-Hur”, Charlton Heston & Simone Signoret win

April 4, 1964 – Beatles’ “Can’t Buy Me Love” single goes #1 & stays #1 for 5 weeks

April 4, 1971 – “Follies” opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 524 performances

April 4, 1981 – 26th Eurovision Song Contest: Bucks Fizz for United Kingdom wins singing “Making Your Mind Up” in Dublin

April 4, 1984 – Winston Smith in Orwell’s “1984” begins his secret diary

April 4, 1988 – Last broadcast of “Crossroads” on British TV

April 4, 1996 – “Inherit the Wind” opens at Royale Theater NYC for 45 performances

April 5, 1803 – 1st performance of Beethoven’s 2nd Symphony in D

April 5, 1874 – Johann Strauss Jr’s opera “Die Fledermaus” premieres in Vienna

April 5, 1889 – Start of Sherlock Holmes’ “Adventure of Copper Beeches”

April 5, 1894 – Start of Sherlock Holmes’ “Adventure of Empty House”

April 5, 1895 – Start of Sherlock Holmes’ “Adventure of 3 Students”

April 5, 1902 – Maurice Ravel’s “Pavane pour une infante defunte” premieres in Paris

April 5, 1905 – James Barrie’s “Alice-sit-by-the-fire” premieres in London

April 5, 1946 – 1st performance of Charles Ives’ 3rd Symphony

April 5, 1954 – Elvis Presley records his debut single “That’s All Right”

April 5, 1963 – Beatles receive their 1st silver disc (Please Please Me)

April 5, 1965 – 37th Academy Awards: “My Fair Lady”, Rex Harrison & Julie Andrews (Mary Poppins) win awards

April 5, 1976 – Tom Stoppard’s “Dirty Linen” premieres in London

April 5, 1987 – Fox TV network premieres showing Married With Children & Tracey Ullman

April 5, 1989 – David Letterman becomes 1st network TV series to use dolby stereo

April 5, 1993 – Construction begins on Cleveland’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

April 5, 2003 – 18th Soap Opera Digest Awards – General Hospital wins

April 5, 2009 – 44th Academy of Country Music Awards: Carrie Underwood & Brad Paisley win

April 6, 1327 – Italian poet Petrarch 1st sets eyes on his beloved Laura

April 6, 1516 – Adrian Willaert installed as singer of cardinal Ippolito I d’Este

April 6, 1843 – William Wordsworth is appointed British Poet Laureate by Queen Victoria

April 6, 1883 – Start of Sherlock Holmes “Adventure of Speckled Band”

April 6, 1889 – George Eastman begins selling his Kodak flexible rolled film for the first time

April 6, 1906 – 1st animated cartoon copyrighted

April 6, 1925 – 1st film shown on an airplane (British Air)

April 6, 1931 – 1st broadcast of “Little Orphan Annie” on NBC-radio

April 6, 1947 – 1st Tony Awards: Arthur Miller, David Wayne & Patricia Neal win for theatrical achievements

April 6, 1955 – “3 for Tonight” opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 85 performances

April 6, 1959 – 31st Academy Awards: “Gigi”, Susan Hayward & David Niven win

April 6, 1968 – 13th Eurovision Song Contest: Massiel for Spain wins singing “La, la, la” in London

April 6, 1974 – 200,000 attend rock concert “California Jam” in Ontario

April 6, 1974 – 19th Eurovision Song Contest: ABBA for Sweden wins singing “Waterloo” in Brighton

April 6, 1976 – 1st quadrophonic movie track: “Ladies & Gentlemen the Rolling Stones”

April 6, 1977 – Judge rules Beatles 1962 Hamburg album can be released

April 6, 1987 – 22nd Academy of Country Music Awards: Hank Williams Jr, Randy Travis, and Reba McEntire win

April 6, 1992 – British Radio Authority licenses Virgin & TV-AM radio licenses

April 6, 1992 – Voting begins on choice of Elvis postage stamps

April 6, 1995 – “Having Our Say” opens at Booth Theater NYC for 308 performances

April 6, 2013 – 48th Academy of Country Music Awards: Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert & Jason Aldean win

April 6, 2014 – 49th Academy of Country Music Awards: George Strait, Jason Aldean, and Miranda Lambert win

April 7, 1724 – Johann Sebastian Bach’s “St John Passion” premieres in Leipzig

April 7, 1805 – Premiere of Beethoven’s “Eroica” (conducted by himself)

April 7, 1917 – De Falla’s ballet “El Sombrero de tres Picos” premieres in Madrid

April 7, 1917 – James Barries’ “Old Lady Shows Her” premieres in London

April 7, 1949 – “South Pacific” opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 1928 performances

April 7, 1967 – Tom Donahue, SF dj begins new radio format – Progressive (KMPX-FM)

April 7, 1970 – 42nd Academy Awards: “Midnight Cowboy”, John Wayne & Maggie Smith win

April 7, 1973 – 18th Eurovision Song Contest: Anne-Marie David for Luxembourg wins singing “Tu te reconnaitras” in Luxembourg

April 7, 1994 – “Medea” opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 82 performances

April 7, 2003 – 37th CMT Flameworthy Video Music Awards: Toby Keith & Martina McBride win

April 7, 2017 – Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts Electric Light Orchestra, Joan Baez, Yes, Tupac Shakur, Journey, and Pearl Jam

April 8, 1341 Petrarch crowned a poet on the Capitoline Hill in Rome

April 8, 1781 – Premiere of Mozart’s violin sonata K379

April 8, 1820 – The famous ancient Greek statue, Venus de Milo is discovered on the Aegean island of Melos

April 8, 1876 – Amiliare Ponchielli’s opera “La Gioconda” premieres in Milan

April 8, 1931 – Dmitri Shostakovitch’s ballet “The Arrow” premieres

April 8, 1935 – Bartoks 5th String quartet premieres in Washington, D.C.

April 8, 1942 – Arnold Schoenberg & Tudor’s ballet “Pillar of Fire” premieres in NYC

April 8, 1950 – “Miss Liberty” closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 308 performances

April 8, 1954 – “By the Beautiful Sea” opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 270 performances

April 8, 1961 – “Show Girl” closes at Eugene O’Neill Theater NYC after 100 performances

April 8, 1963 – 35th Academy Awards: “Lawrence of Arabia”, Anne Bancroft & Gregory Peck win

April 8, 1966 – Time publishes its “Is God Dead” issue – its first issue without an image

April 8, 1967 – 12th Eurovision Song Contest: Sandie Shaw for United Kingdom wins singing “Puppet on a String” in Vienna

April 8, 1968 – 40th Academy Awards postponed to Apr 10th due to death of Martin Luther King

April 8, 1973 – Pablo Picasso died at age 91 in Mougins, France

April 8, 1975 – 47th Academy Awards: “The Godfather Part II”, Ellen Burstyn & Art Carney win

April 8, 1983 – In front of a live audience of 20 tourists, David Copperfield makes the Statue of Liberty disappear

April 8, 1984 – 4th Golden Raspberry Awards: Lonely Lady wins

April 8, 1985 – “Leader of the Pack” opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 120 performances

April 8, 1990 – “Aspects of Love” opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 377 performances

April 8, 1990 – “Twin Peaks” created by David Lynch and starring Kyle MacLachlan premieres on ABC-TV

April 8, 1992 – “5 Guys Named Moe” opens at Eugene O’Neill Theater NYC for 445 performances

April 9, 1667 – 1st public art exhibition (Palais-Royale, Paris)

April 9, 1833 1st tax-supported US public library (Peterborough, NH)

April 9, 1838 UK National Gallery re-opens in its new dedicated building in Trafalgar Square, London

April 9, 1894 – 1st performance of Anton Bruckner’s 5th Symphony in B in Graz

April 9, 1914 – “World, the Flesh & the Devil”, 1st color film, shown in London

April 9, 1923 – Sean O’Casey’s “Shadow of a Gunman” premieres in Dublin

April 9, 1928 – Eugene O’Neill’s “Lazarus Laughed” premieres in Pasadena

April 9, 1928 – Mae West’s NYC debut in a daring new play “Diamond Lil”

April 9, 1950 – Bob Hope’s 1st TV appearance

April 9, 1953 – “TV Guide” publishes 1st issue

April 9, 1953 – Warner Brothers premieres the first 3-D film, entitled House of Wax

April 9, 1954 – 7th Cannes Film Festival: “Gate of Hell” directed by Teinosuke Kinugasa wins the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film

April 9, 1957 – Howard Hanson’s “Song of Democracy” premieres in Washington, D.C.

April 9, 1962 – 34th Academy Awards: “West Side Story”, Sophia Loren & Maximillian Schell win

April 9, 1965 – Beatles “Ticket to Ride” is released in UK

April 9, 1972 – “Sugar” opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 506 performances

April 9, 1979 – 51st Academy Awards: “The Deer Hunter”, Jon Voight & Jane Fonda win

April 9, 1984 – 56th Academy Awards: “Terms of Endearment”, Robert Duvall & Shirley MacLaine win

April 9, 1986 – “Dallas” announces it will revive killed Bobby Ewing character

April 9, 1990 – World’s largest bunny hop at Radio City Music Hall (NYC)

April 9, 2000 – 53rd British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): “American Beauty” Best Film, Pedro Almodovar Best Director

April 9, 2009 – “Star Trek” film reboot directed by J.J. Abrams, starring Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto premieres at the Sydeny Opera House, Australia

April 9, 2012 – “The Lion King” becomes highest grossing Broadway show after overtaking “The Phantom of the Opera”

April 10, 1710 – The first law regulating copyright is issued in Great Britain

April 10, 1841 – New York Tribune begins publishing under editor Horace Greeley

April 10, 1858 – “Big Ben”, a 13.76 tonne bell, is recast in the Tower of Westminster

April 10, 1868 – 1st performance of John Brahms’ “A German Requiem”

April 10, 1925 – Scribners publishes “The Great Gatsby” by F Scott Fitzgerald

April 10, 1935 – Vaughan Williams’ 4th Symphony premieres in London

April 10, 1944 – “Patrolling the Ether” is shown on 3 TV stations simultaneously

April 10, 1945 – William Schuman & Antony Tudor’s ballet premieres in NYC

April 10, 1953 – “House of Wax”, 1st 3-D movie, released (NYC)

April 10, 1957 – John Osborne’s “Entertainer” premieres in London

April 10, 1967 – 39th Academy Awards: “A Man For All Seasons,” Best Picture, Elizabeth Taylor & Paul Scofield best actress/actor

April 10, 1968 – “George M!” opens at Palace Theater NYC for 435 performances

April 10, 1968 – 40th Academy Awards: “In the Heat of the Night”, Rod Steiger & Katherine Hepburn win

April 10, 1970 – Paul McCartney officially announces the split of The Beatles

April 10, 1972 – 44th Academy Awards: “The French Connection”, Gene Hackman & Jane Fonda win

April 10, 1986 – “Big Deal” opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 70 performances

April 10, 1988 – 8th Golden Raspberry Awards: Leonard Part 6 wins

April 10, 1989 – 24th Academy of Country Music Awards: Hank Williams Jr, George Strait, and K.T. Oslin win

April 10, 2006 – 40th CMT Music Awards: Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood & Kenny Chesney wins

April 10, 2014 – “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” directed by Marc Webb and starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone premieres in London, UK

April 10, 2017 – Edward Enninful is announced the new Editor of “British Vogue” its first male and black editor

April 10, 2017 – “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” directed by James Gunn and starring Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana premieres in Toyko

April 11, 1801 – Johann von Schiller’s “Die Jungfrau von Orleans” premieres in Leipzig

April 11, 1830 – Robert Schumann hears the violinist Paganini play in Frankfurt

April 11, 1869 – Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland, designer of the Nobel Peace Prize medal, is born near Halse og Harkmark

April 11, 1914 – George Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion” premieres

April 11, 1936 – Rodgers & Hart’s musical “On Your Toes” premieres in NYC

April 11, 1955 – “Marty” directed by Delbert Mann and starring Ernest Borgnine and Betsy Blair premieres in New York (Best Picture 1956)

April 11, 1956 – Singer Nat Cole attacked on stage of Birmingham theater in racial incident

April 11, 1957 – Pablo Neruda arrested in Buenos Aires

April 11, 1959 – “Jamaica” closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 558 performances

April 11, 1961 – Bob Dylan makes his 1st appearance at Folk City, Greenwich Village

April 11, 1966 – Frank Sinatra records “Strangers in the Night” single for his album of the same name. Later reaches #1 Billboard charts

April 11, 1967 – “Illya Darling” opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 320 performances

April 11, 1967 – Tom Stoppard’s “Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead” premieres

April 11, 1970 – Beatles’ “Let It Be” single goes #1 & stays #1 for 2 weeks

April 11, 1983 – 3rd Golden Raspberry Awards: Inchon! wins

April 11, 1983 – 55th Academy Awards: “Gandhi”, Ben Kingsley & Meryl Streep win

April 11, 1988 – 60th Academy Awards: “The Last Emperor”, Michael Douglas & Cher win

April 11, 1991 – “Miss Saigon” opens at Broadway Theater NYC

April 11, 1991 – NYC’s Museum of Broadcasting becomes “Museum of Radio & Television”

April 11, 1996 – “King & I” premieres at Neil Simon Theater in NYC for 781 perform

April 11, 1999 – 52nd British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): “Shakespeare in Love” Best Film, Peter Weir Best Director

April 11, 2005 – 39th CMT Music Awards: Keith Urban, Gretchen Wilson & Kenny Chesney wins

April 11, 2012 – “The Avengers”, directed by Joss Whedon and starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlet Johansson, Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Rennner, premieres in Los Angeles

April 11, 2014 – Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates, KISS, Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt, and Cat Stevens

April 12, 1826 – Weber’s opera “Oberon” premieres in London

April 12, 1857 – Gustave Flaubert’s “Madame Bovary” published

April 12, 1887 – Henrik Ibsen’s “Rosmersholm” premieres in Oslo

April 12, 1892 – George C Blickensderfer patents portable typewriter

April 12, 1917 – Bijou Theater opens at 222 W 45th St NYC (Demolished 1982)

April 12, 1917 – Domenico Scarlatti & Jeab Cocteaus ballet premieres in Rome

April 12, 1932 – “Grand Hotel” directed by Edmund Goulding and starring Greta Gabo and John Barrymore premieres in New York (Best Picture/Production 1932)

April 12, 1935 – Germany prohibits publishing “not-Arian” writers

April 12, 1935 – Royal Proclamation sets design of Canada’s new Jubilee Silver Dollar

April 12, 1944 – Lillian Hellman’s “Searching Wind” premieres in NYC

April 12, 1954 – Bill Haley & Comets records “Rock Around Clock”

April 12, 1954 – Joe Turner releases “Shake, Rattle & Roll”

April 12, 1959 – 13th Tony Awards: J B & Redhead win

April 12, 1960 – Bert Haanstra wins Oscar for “Glass”

April 12, 1961 – 3rd Grammy Awards: Theme From a Summer Place, Ray Charles wins 4

April 12, 1963 – Beatles “From Me to You” is released in UK

April 12, 1969 – Simon & Garfunkel releases “Boxer”

April 12, 1975 – Linda Ronstadt releases “When Will I Be Loved”

April 12, 1976 – Anne Rice’s debut novel “Interview with a Vampire” is published by Knopf

April 12, 1978 – 13th Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Rogers and Crystal Gayle win

April 12, 1989 – 3rd Soul Train Music Awards: Anita Baker, Bobby Brown win

April 12, 1991 – 2,500th episode of Entertainment Tonight airs

April 12, 1992 – “Streetcar Named Desire” opens at Ethel Barrymore NYC for 137 performances

April 12, 1992 – Euro Disney (Disneyland Paris) opens in Marne-la-Vallee, France

April 12, 2012 – Bodleian, Oxford University, and Vatican libraries announce over 1.5 million pages of ancient texts will be made available across the internet

April 13, 1742 – George Frideric Handel’s oratorio “Messiah” performed for the 1st time at New Music Hall in Dublin

April 13, 1808 – William Henry Lane (“Juda”) perfects tap dance

April 13, 1870 – Metropolitan Museum of Art forms in NYC

April 13, 1895 – Start of Sherlock Holmes “Adventure of Solitary Cyclist”

April 13, 1896 – John Philip Sousa’s “El Capitan” premieres at the Tremont Theatre in Boston

April 13, 1925 – Virginia Theater (ANTA, Guild) opens at 245 W 52nd St NYC

April 13, 1938 – Clifford Goldsmith’ “What a Life” premieres in NYC

April 13, 1939 – W Saroyan’s “My Heart’s in the Highlands” premieres in NYC

April 13, 1957 – “Shinbone Alley” opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 49 performances

April 13, 1957 – 11th Tony Awards: Long Days Journey into the Night & My Fair Lady win

April 13, 1958 – 12th Tony Awards: Sunrise at Campobello & Music Man win

April 13, 1961 – “Carnival!” opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 719 performances

April 13, 1964 – 36th Academy Awards: “Tom Jones”, Best Film, Sidney Poitier & Patricia Neal win Best Actor/Actress

April 13, 1965 – Beatles record “Help”

April 13, 1965 – 7th Grammy Awards: The Girl From Ipanema, The Beatles wins

April 13, 1970 – 5th Academy of Country Music Awards: Merle Haggard and Tammy Wynette win

April 13, 1980 – Musical “Grease” closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 3,388 performances

April 13, 1981 – Pulitzer prize awarded to Beth Henley for “Crimes of the Heart”

April 13, 1993 – Tom Stoppard’s “Arcadia” premieres in London

April 13, 2003 – 49th British Academy Television Awards: “Alistair McGowan’s Big Impression” Best Comedy, “Spooks” Best Drama

April 13, 2015 – “Avengers: Age of Ultron”, directed by Joss Whedon, starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner, premieres in Los Angeles

April 14, 1828 – First American Dictionary is registered for copyright for publication by its author Noah Webster

April 14, 1841 – Edgar Allen Poe’s “Murders in the Rue Morgue” published

April 14, 1863 – William Bullock patents continuous-roll printing press

April 14, 1883 – Leo Delibes’ opera “Lakmé” premieres in Paris

April 14, 1887 – Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure “Reigate Squires”

April 14, 1894 – 1st public showing of Thomas Edison’s kinetoscope (moving pictures)

April 14, 1895 – 1st performance of Gustav Mahler’s (incomplete) 2nd Symphony

April 14, 1904 – George Bernard Shaw’s “Candida” premiered in London

April 14, 1930 – Philip Barry’s “Hotel Universe” premieres in NYC

April 14, 1932 – Bizet, Massine & Mira’s “Jeux d’Enfants” premieres in Monte Carlo

April 14, 1939 – John Steinbeck novel “The Grapes of Wrath” published

April 14, 1943 – James Gow & A d’Usseau’s “Tomorrow the World” premieres in NYC

April 14, 1950 – 1st edition of British comic “Eagle”

April 14, 1956 – “Silk Stockings” closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 461 performances

April 14, 1956 – “Plain & Fancy” closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 476 performances

April 14, 1960 – “Bye Bye Birdie” opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 607 performances

April 14, 1969 – 41st Academy Awards: “Oliver”, Cliff Robertson & Katharine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand win (1st ever tie for best actress)

April 14, 1971 – Stephen Sondheim’s musical “Follies” premieres in NYC

April 14, 1978 – David Hare’s “Plenty” premieres in London

April 14, 1980 – 52nd Academy Awards: “Kramer vs Kramer”, Dustin Hoffman & Sally Field win

April 14, 1980 – Pulitzer prize awarded to Norman Mailer (Executioner’s Song)

April 14, 1986 – 21st Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama, George Strait, and Reba McEntire win

April 14, 1992 – “Guys & Dolls” opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 1143 performances

April 14, 2000 – Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich files a lawsuit against P2P sharing phenomenon Napster — This law-suit eventually leads the movement against file-sharing programs

April 14, 2008 – 42nd CMT Music Awards: Taylor Swift & Trace Adkins wins

April 14, 2012 – J. K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter novels, launches her website “Pottermore”

April 14, 2017 – “The Fate of the Furious” directed by F. Gary Gray, starring Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson opens worldwide – highest-grossing weekend at $532 million

April 15, 1452 – Leonardo da Vinci born in Vinci, Republic of Florence (present-day Italy)

April 15, 1594 – Fleming Pieter Stevens appointed royal painter of Rudolf II (Prague)

April 15, 1729 – Johann Sebastian Bach’s “St Matthew Passion” premieres in Leipzig

April 15, 1738 – Premiere in London of “Serse”, an Italian opera by George Frideric Handel

April 15, 1755 – Samuel Johnson’s “A Dictionary of the English Language” published in London

April 15, 1802 – William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy see a “long belt” of daffodils, inspiring the former to pen “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud”.

April 15, 1865 – Abraham Lincoln dies 9 hours after he is shot attending the play “Our American Cousin” at Ford’s Theatre in Washington

April 15, 1900 – Exposition Universelle (World’s Fair) in Paris opens (till 12th Nov)

April 15, 1911 – Jack Lawrence Theater (Playhouse) opens at 137 W 48th St NYC

April 15, 1915 – Manuel de Falla’s ballet “El Amor Brujo” premieres in Madrid

April 15, 1923 – 1st sound on film public performance shown at Rialto Theater (NYC)

April 15, 1958 – 10th Emmy Awards: Gunsmoke, Robert Young & Jane Wyatt win

April 15, 1960 – Guy Carawan sings “We Shall Overcome” to a Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Raleigh – popularising the song as a protest anthem

April 15, 1961 – “Music Man” closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 1375 performances

April 15, 1965 – James Baldwin’s “Amen Corner” premieres in NYC

April 15, 1966 – Rolling Stones release “Aftermath”

April 15, 1967 – “Wait A Minim!” closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 457 performances

April 15, 1971 – 43rd Academy Awards: “Patton”, George C Scott & Glenda Jackson win

April 15, 1981 – Janet Cooke says her Pulitzer award winning stry about an 8-year-old heroin addict is a lie, Washington Post relinquishes Pulitzer Prize on fabricated story

April 15, 1983 – Tokyo Disneyland opens

April 15, 1987 – Alfred Uhry’s “Driving Miss Daisy” premieres in NYC

April 15, 1988 – Wendy Wasserstein’s “Heidi Chronicles” premieres in NYC

April 15, 1990 – “In Living Color” premieres on FOX-TV

April 15, 1991 – “Secret Garden” opens at St James Theater NYC for 706 performances

April 15, 1992 – Jay Leno’s final appearance as permanent guest host of Tonight

April 15, 1992 – William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy & DeForest Kelley inducted into National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame

April 16, 1787 – 1st American comedy, “The Contrast,” made its debut in NYC

April 16, 1849 – Giacomo Meyerbeer’s opera “Le prophète” premieres in Paris

April 16, 1854 – Franz Liszt’s “Mazeppa” premieres

April 16, 1870 – Vaudeville Theatre Strand opens in London

April 16, 1926 – Book of the Month Club sends out its 1st selections “Lolly Willowes” & “Loving Huntsman” by Sylvia Townsend Warner

April 16, 1935 – 1st radio broadcast of “Fibber McGee & Molly”

April 16, 1940 – Heitor Villa-Lobos’ opera “Izaht” premieres in Rio de Janeiro

April 16, 1941 – Little Theater at Adelphi Strand closes

April 16, 1947 – Lens to provide zoom effects demonstrated (NYC)

April 16, 1961 – 15th Tony Awards: Becket & Bye Bye Birdie win

April 16, 1979 – Pulitzer prize awarded to Sam Shepard for “Buried child”

April 16, 1984 – Pulitzer prize awarded to Mary Oliver for “American Primitive”

April 16, 1987 – August Wilson’s “Fences” wins 1987 Pulitzer Prize for drama

April 16, 1987 – Peter Taylor’s “Summons to Memphis” wins Pulitzer Prize for fiction

April 16, 1990 – “Piano Lesson” opens at Walter Kerr Theater NYC for 320 performances

April 16, 1991 – M Leander & E Seago’s musical “Matador” premieres in London

April 16, 2007 – 41st CMT Music Awards: Carrie Underwood & Kenny Chesney wins

April 16, 2007 – “Spider-Man 3” directed by Sam Raimi and starring Toby Maguire and Kristen Dunst premieres at the Tokyo Film Festival

April 16, 2012 – For the first time since 1977 no Pulitzer Prize is awarded for fiction

April 16, 2017 – World record for gathering of Charlie Chaplin lookalikes – 662 at Manoir de Ban, Chaplin museum in Vevey, Switzerland

April 17, 1387 – In Geoffrey Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales” the date the pilgrimage to Canterbury begins (according to scholars)

April 17, 1397 – Geoffrey Chaucer tells the “Canterbury Tales” for the first time at the court of English King Richard II

April 17, 1758 – Francis Williams, 1st US black college graduate, publishes poems

April 17, 1912 1st unofficial gold record — Al Jolson’s “Ragging The Baby To Sleep”

April 17, 1924 – Metro Pictures, Goldwyn Pictures & Louis B Mayer Co merged to form Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM)

April 17, 1937 – Debut of cartoon characters Daffy Duck, Elmer J Fudd & Petunia Pig

April 17, 1939 – SN Behrman’s “No Time for Comedy” premieres in NYC

April 17, 1958 – Brussells (Belgium) World Fair opens

April 17, 1961 – 33rd Academy Awards: “Apartment” wins best film, Burt Lancaster & Elizabeth Taylor win best actor, actress

April 17, 1961 – Jimmy Stewart accepts an honorary Oscar on behalf of his friend Gary Cooper, who is too ill to attend

April 17, 1964 – “High Spirits” opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 375 performances

April 17, 1969 – The Band (formerly The Hawks), perform their 1st concert

April 17, 1970 – Paul McCartney’s 1st solo album “McCartney” is released

April 17, 1977 – “I Love My Wife” opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 864 performances

April 17, 1978 – Pulitzer prize awarded to Carl Sagan for “Dragons of Eden”

April 17, 1979 – Brian Clark’s “Whose Life is it Anyway?” premieres in London

April 17, 1986 – Pulitzer prize awarded to Larry McMurtry for “Lonesome Dove”

April 17, 1987 – Richard Wilbur appointed as US poet laureate

April 17, 2005 – 51st British Academy Television Awards: “Little Britain” Best Comedy, “Sex Traffic” Best Drama

April 17, 2011 – “Thor”, directed by Kenneth Branagh, starring Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman, premieres in Sydney, Australia

April 17, 2011 – “Game of Thrones”, based on the fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin premieres on HBO

April 17, 2012 – St Cuthbert Gospel, Europe’s oldest intact book (8th century), purchased by the British Library for 9 million pounds

April 17, 2015 – Jazz composer and musician John Coltrane is awarded a posthumous Special Citation by the Pulitzer Prize board

April 18, 1907 – Augustus Thomas’ “Witching Hour” premieres in NYC

April 18, 1921 – Philip James Barry’s “Punch for Judy” premieres in NYC

April 18, 1924 – 1st crossword puzzle book published (Simon & Schuster)

April 18, 1925 – World’s Fair opens in Chicago

April 18, 1944 – Leonard Bernstein & Jerome Robbins’ ballet premieres in NYC

April 18, 1946 – “Call Me Mister” opens at National Theater NYC for 734 performances

April 18, 1946 – Rome/Auerbach/Horwitt’s musical “Call Me Mister” premieres in NYC

April 18, 1953 – “Pal Joey” closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 542 performances

April 18, 1958 – A United States federal court rules that poet Ezra Pound is to be released from an insane asylum

April 18, 1968 – Mart Crowley’s “Boys in the Band” premieres in NYC

April 18, 1968 – Peter Luke’s “Hadrian VII” premieres in London

April 18, 1975 – John Lennon releases “Stand by Me”

April 18, 1976 – 30th Tony Awards: Travesties & Chorus Line win

April 18, 1977 – “Side by Side” by Stephen Sondheim opens at Music Box NYC for 390 performances

April 18, 1977 – Alex Haley, author of “Roots”, awarded Pulitzer Prize

April 18, 1977 – Pulitzer prize awarded to Michael Cristofer for “Shadow Box”

April 18, 1983 – Pulitzer Prize awarded to Alice Walker for “The Color Purple”

April 18, 1988 – Barbra Streisand records “Warm All Over”

April 18, 1994 – Arsenio Hall announces he will end his show in May 1994

April 18, 1996 – “Funny Thing Happened” opens at St James Theater NYC for 715 performances

April 18, 1998 – 51st British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): “The Full Monty” Best Film, Baz Luhrmann Best Director

April 18, 2004 – 50th British Academy Television Awards: “Little Britain” Best Comedy, “Buried” Best Drama

April 18, 2010 – 45th Academy of Country Music Awards: Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, and Miranda Lambert win

April 18, 2012 – The Casoria Contemporary Art Museum in Naples begins burning artworks after cultural institution budget cuts

April 18, 2013 – “Iron Man 3”, directed by Shane Black, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow, premieres in London

April 18, 2015 – Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Lou Reed, Ringo Starr, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Green Day, Bill Withers, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and the 5 Royales

April 19, 1619 – Theatrum Anatomicum opens in Amsterdam

April 19, 1774 – CW Glucks opera “Iphigenia in Aulis” premieres in Paris

April 19, 1836 – Nikolai Gogol’s “Revisor” premieres in St Petersburg

April 19, 1877 – Opera “Les Cloches de Cornerville” is produced (Paris)

April 19, 1894 – Jules Massenet’s opera “Werther” premieres in NYC

April 19, 1911 – George Bernard Shaw’s “Fanny’s First Play” premieres in London

April 19, 1916 – “Bing Boys are Here” opens in London

April 19, 1919 – Opera “Monsieur Beaucaire” is produced (London)

April 19, 1924 – “National Barn Dance” premieres on WLS Chicago

April 19, 1927 – “Vagabond King” opens in London

April 19, 1928 – The 125th and final fascicle of the Oxford English Dictionary is published

April 19, 1934 – Shirley Temple appears in her 1st movie, “Stand Up & Cheer”

April 19, 1945 – Rodgers & Hammerstein musical “Carousel” opens on Broadway

April 19, 1948 – American Broadcasting Company (ABC) TV network debuts

April 19, 1951 – “Tree Grows in Brooklyn” opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 267 performances

April 19, 1967 – “Casino Royale” James Bond comedy film starring David Niven and Peter Sellers premieres. Based on the Ian Fleming novel.

April 19, 1967 – Beatles sign a contract to stay together for 10 years (they don’t)

April 19, 1970 – 24th Tony Awards: Borstal Boy & Applause win

April 19, 1972 – “Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope” opens at Playhouse NYC for 1,065 performances

April 19, 1980 – 25th Eurovision Song Contest: Johnny Logan for Ireland wins singing “What’s Another Year” in The Hague

April 19, 1992 – Balki & Mary Ann wed on “Perfect Strangers”

April 19, 2015 – 50th Academy of Country Music Awards: Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, and Miranda Lambert win

April 20, 1611 – First known performance of Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth at the Globe Theatre, London recorded by Simon Forman

April 20, 1715 – Nicholas Rowe’s play “The Tragedy of Lady Jane Grey” premieres in London

April 20, 1785 – Thomas Warton appointed British Poet Laureate by King George III

April 20, 1865 – Chicago’s Crosby Opera House opens

April 20, 1896 – 1st public film showing in US John Philip Sousa’s “El Capitan” premieres in NYC

April 20, 1904 – George Bernard Shaw’s “Candida” premieres in London

April 20, 1920 – Big Show ends 2 year run on NBC radio

April 20, 1935 – “Your Hit Parade” begins broadcasting (becomes #1 quickly)

April 20, 1951 – 4th Cannes Film Festival: “Miss Julie” directed by Alf Sjoberg and “Miracle in Milan” directed by Vittorio De Sica jointly awarded the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film

April 20, 1954 – “Golden Apple” opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 125 performances

April 20, 1963 – 10th National Film Awards (India): “Dada Thakur” wins the Golden Lotus

April 20, 1969 – 23rd Tony Awards: Great White Hope & 1776 win

April 20, 1971 – Barbra Streisand records “We’ve Only Just Begun”

April 20, 1975 – 29th Tony Awards: Equus & Wiz win

April 20, 1977 – Supreme Court rules “Live Free or Die” may be covered on NH licenses

April 20, 1977 – “Annie Hall”, directed by Woody Allen and starring Woody Allen and Diane Keaton, is released (Best Picture 1978)

April 20, 1992 – 100th episode of “Murphy Brown” airs

April 20, 1992 – All star concert in memory of Freddie Mercury held at Wembley Stadium, London

April 20, 1992 – Madonna signs $60-million deal with Time Warner

April 20, 1997 – “Gin Game” opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 144 performances

April 20, 2008 – 54th British Academy Television Awards: “Fonejacker” Best Comedy, “The Street” best Drama

April 20, 2015 – Pulitzer Prize awarded to Anthony Doerr’s for his novel “All the Light We Cannot See” and to Elizabeth Kolbert for “The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History”

April 21, 1600 – 1st date in James Clavell’s novel Shogun

April 21, 1818 – Franz Grillparzer’s “Sappho” premieres in Vienna

April 21, 1862 – Ellen Price Wood’s “East Lynne” premieres in Boston

April 21, 1894 – George Bernard Shaw’s “Arms & the Man” premieres in London

April 21, 1920 – John Galsworthy’s “Skin Game” premieres in London

April 21, 1925 – Noel Coward’s “Fallen Angels” premieres in London

April 21, 1930 – Vladimir Mayakovsky’s “Moskva Golid” premieres in Moscow

April 21, 1945 – Ivor Novello’s “Perchance to Dream” premieres in London

April 21, 1955 – J Lawrence & R E Lee’s “Inherit the Wind” premieres in NYC

April 21, 1956 – Elvis Presley’s 1st hit record, “Heartbreak Hotel”, becomes #1

April 21, 1962 – 9th National Film Awards (India): “Bhagini Nivedita” wins the Golden Lotus

April 21, 1963 – Beatles meet Rolling Stones for 1st time

April 21, 1968 – 22nd Tony Awards: Rosencranz & Guilderstern & Hallelujah Baby! win

April 21, 1974 – 28th Tony Awards: River Niger & Raisin win

April 21, 1977 – C Strouse & M Charnins musical “Annie” opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 2377 performances

April 21, 1984 – After 37 weeks “Thriller” is knocked off as top album by “Footloose”

April 21, 1990 – “Cartoon All Stars to Rescue” shown on all 4 US TV networks

April 21, 2002 – 48th British Academy Television Awards: “The Sketch Show” Best Comedy, “Cold Feet” Best Drama

April 21, 2004 – 38th CMT Flameworthy Video Music Awards: Toby Keith, Shania Twain & Kenny Chesney win

April 21, 2010 – “Shrek Forever After” directed by Mike Mitchell with voices by Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz and Eddie Murphy premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival

April 22, 1728 – Pierre de Marivaux’ “Le Triomphe de Plutus” premieres in Paris

April 22, 1817 – Curacao prohibits use of white paint due to fierce sunlight

April 22, 1876 – Tsjaikovsky completes his “Swan Lake” ballet

April 22, 1927 – 1st performance of Roger Sessions’ Symphony in E

April 22, 1948 – WTVR TV channel 6 in Richmond, VA (CBS) begins broadcasting

April 22, 1952 – Eugene Ionesco’s “Les Chaises” premieres in NYC

April 22, 1978 – 23rd Eurovision Song Contest: Izhar Cohen and the Alphabeta for Israel wins singing “A-Ba-Ni-Bi” in Paris

April 22, 1979 – Mick Jagger & Keith Richards give a benefit concert in Canada

April 22, 1991 – Johnny Carson announces he will retire next year from Tonight Show

April 22, 1993 – “Who’s Tommy” opens at St James Theater NYC for 899 performances

April 22, 1998 – 33rd Academy of Country Music Awards: Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood and George Strait win

April 23, 1597 – William Shakespeare’s “The Merry Wives of Windsor” is first performed, with Queen Elizabeth I of England in attendance

April 23, 1616 – William Shakespeare dies in Stratford-upon-Avon at the age of 52

April 23, 1705 – Richard Steele’s “Tender Husband” premieres in London

April 23, 1775 – Opera “Il Ré Pastore” is produced (Salzburg)

April 23, 1881 – Gilbert & Sullivan’s opera “Patience” produced in London

April 23, 1896 – Vitascope system of movie projection 1st shown at Koster & Bial’s Music Hall (NYC)

April 23, 1904 – American Academy of Arts & Letters forms

April 23, 1916 – Lord Dunsany’s “Night at an Inn” premieres in NYC

April 23, 1925 – 1st London performance of operetta “Fasquita” staged

April 23, 1932 – Shakespeare Memorial Theatre opens at Stratford-on-Avon

April 23, 1939 – 1st performance of Béla Bartok’s 2nd Concerto for violin

April 23, 1955 – “Kismet” closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 583 performances

April 23, 1959 – “Destry Rides Again” opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 472 performances

April 23, 1961 – “Tenderloin” closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 216 performances

April 23, 1963 – “She Loves Me” opens at Eugene O’Neill Theater NYC for 302 performances

April 23, 1964 – James Baldwin’s “Blues for Mr Charlie” premieres in NYC

April 23, 1964 – New York State Theater opens

April 23, 1972 – 26th Tony Awards: Sticks & Bones & 2 Gentlemen of Verona win

April 23, 1983 – 28th Eurovision Song Contest: Corinne Hermes for Luxembourg wins singing “Si la vie est cadeau” in Munich

April 23, 1993 – Peter Townshend’s musical “Tommy” premieres in NYC

April 23, 1996 – 49th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): “Sense and Sensibility” Best Film, Michael Radford Best Director

April 23, 1996 – 42nd British Academy Television Awards: “Father Ted” Best Comedy, “Cracker” Best Drama

April 23, 1997 – 32nd Academy of Country Music Awards: Brooks & Dunn, George Strait, and Patty Loveless win

April 23, 2010 – Matt Smith’s first appearance as the 11th Doctor in BBC program “Doctor Who”

April 23, 2013 – “Star Trek Into Darkness” directed by J. J. Abrams starring Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto premieres in Sydney

April 23, 2015 – Former Studio Assistant to Jasper Johns sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to 18 months in prison for scheme to sell millions of dollars of stolen Johns works

April 23, 2016 – Beyoncé releases her 6th album “Lemonade” with a 1 hour film on HBO

April 24, 1792 – “La Marseillaise” composed by Claude-Joseph Rouget de Lisle

April 24, 1801 – 1st performance of Joseph Haydn’s oratorio “Die Jahreszeiten”

April 24, 1823 – Eugene Scribes opera “Le Menteur Veridique” premieres in Paris

April 24, 1891 – Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure “Final Problem”

April 24, 1904 – Willem de Kooning was born in Rotterdam, Netherlands

April 24, 1944 – “Double Indemnity” directed by Billy Wilder and starring Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck is released

April 24, 1949 – 3rd Tony Awards: Death of a Salesman & Kiss Me Kate win

April 24, 1950 – “Peter Pan” opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 320 performances

April 24, 1960 – 14th Tony Awards: Miracle Worker & Fiorello! win

April 24, 1969 – Paul McCartney says there is no truth to rumors he is dead

April 24, 1979 – Musical film “Rock ‘n’ Roll High School” featuring the Ramones is released

April 24, 1982 – 27th Eurovision Song Contest: Nicole for Germany wins singing “Ein bißchen Frieden” in Harrogate

April 24, 1985 – Pulitzer prize awarded to Carolyn Lizer for “Yin”

April 24, 1989 – Massachusetts declares today “New Kids on the Block Day”

April 24, 1991 – 26th Academy of Country Music Awards: Garth Brooks and Reba McEntire win

April 24, 1996 – 31st Academy of Country Music Awards: Brooks & Dunn, Alan Jackson, and Patty Loveless win

April 24, 2010 – Christy Turlington’s directorial debut, “No Woman, No Cry”, is released in the U.S.

April 25, 1719 – Daniel Defoe publishes “Robinson Crusoe”

April 25, 1896 – Sidney Jones & Harry Greenbacks musical premieres in London

April 25, 1926 – Giacomo Puccini’s opera “Turandot” premieres in Milan

April 25, 1930 – “All Quiet on the Western Front”, based on the novel by Erich Maria Remarque, directed by Lewis Milestone and starring Louis Wolheim and Lew Ayres premieres in New York (Outstanding Production 1930)

April 25, 1932 – Rose Franken’s “Another Language” premieres in NYC

April 25, 1946 – Christopher Fry’s “Phoenix too Frequent” premieres in London

April 25, 1956 – Noel Coward’s musical “South Sea Bubble” premieres in London

April 25, 1968 – “Half a Sixpence” opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 512 performances

April 25, 1969 – 5,400th & last episode of BBC Radio serial “The Dales” (formerly “Mrs Dale’s Diary” )

April 25, 1985 – “Big River” opens at Eugene O’Neill Theater NYC for 1005 performances

April 25, 1985 – Roger Miller’s musical “Big River” premieres in NYC

April 25, 1990 – 25th Academy of Country Music Awards: George Strait, Clint Black, and Kathy Mattea win

April 25, 1991 – “Grand Hotel” closes at Beck Theater NYC after 1018 performances

April 25, 1993 – “Blood Brothers” opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 839 performances

April 25, 1996 – “Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk” opens at Ambassador Theater NYC

April 26, 1336 – Italian Renaissance poet Francesco Petrarch famously climbs Mont Ventoux

April 26, 1564 – William Shakespeare, is baptized in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

April 26, 1835 – Frederic Chopin’s “Grand Polonaise Brillante” premieres in Paris

April 26, 1841 – “Bombay Gazette” begins publishing on silk

April 26, 1906 – Motion pictures begin regular showings at the Orpheum Theater in Honolulu, Hawaii

April 26, 1925 – Pulitzer prize awarded to Edna Ferber for “So big”

April 26, 1925 – Artist Diego Rivera resigns from the Mexican Communist Party

April 26, 1928 – Madame Tussaud’s waxwork exhibition opens in London

April 26, 1932 – Jean Anouilh’s “L’Ermine” premieres in Paris

April 26, 1936 – Dmitri Shostakovitch completes his 4th Symphony

April 26, 1965 – Ives’ 4th Symphony premieres

April 26, 1967 – “Hallelujah, Baby!” opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 293 performances

April 26, 1970 – “Company” opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 690 performances

April 26, 1977 – Opening of Studio 54 in New York, N.Y.

April 26, 1991 – “Dinosaurs” premieres on ABC-TV

April 26, 1992 – “Grand Hotel” closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 1,018 performances

April 26, 1992 – “Growing Pains” final episode on ABC TV

April 26, 1992 – “Jelly’s Last Jam” opens at Virginia Theater NYC for 569 performances

April 26, 1992 – “Who’s The Boss” final episode after 8 years on ABC TV

April 26, 1992 – Alex Haley, (Roots), wins 1992 Ellis Island Award, posthumously

April 26, 2009 – 55th British Academy Television Awards: “Harry and Paul” Best Comedy, “Wallander” Best Drama

April 26, 2010 – “Iron Man 2”, directed by Jon Favreau, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow, premieres in Los Angeles

April 27, 1643 – Tirso de Molina’s “Bellaco Sois, Gomez” premieres in Madrid

April 27, 1667 – Blind and impoverished, John Milton sells the copyright of Paradise Lost for £10

April 27, 1749 – First performance of George Frideric Handel’s Fireworks Music in Green Park, London

April 27, 1810 – Beethoven composes his famous piano piece, Für Elise

April 27, 1867 – Opera “Romeo et Juliette” is produced (Paris)

April 27, 1877 – Opera “Le Roi de Lahore” is produced (Paris)

April 27, 1950 – “Tickets, Please” opens at Coronet Theater NYC for 245 performances

April 27, 1964 – John Lennon’s “In His Own Write” is published in US

April 27, 1966 – Dmitri Shostakovitch completes his 2nd cello concert

April 27, 1986 – “Sweet Charity” opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 368 performances

April 27, 1994 – “An Inspector Calls” opens at Royale Theater NYC for 454 performances

April 27, 1995 – “Indiscretions” opens at Ethel Barrymore Theater NYC for 221 performances

April 27, 2014 – Ariana Grande’s first single from her second debut album, “Problem” featuring Iggy Azalea, is released

April 28, 1892 – 1st performance of Antonin Dvorák’s overture “Carneval”

April 28, 1932 – 1st broadcast of “One Man’s Family” on NBC radio

April 28, 1937 – 1st animated cartoon electric sign displayed (NYC)

April 28, 1940 – Glenn Miller records “Pennsylvania 6-5000”

April 28, 1963 – 17th Tony Awards: “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” win

April 28, 1965 – Barbra Streisand stars on “My Name is Barbra” special on CBS

April 28, 1965 – Luciano Pavarotti makes his debut at La Scala, Milan in Franco Zeffirelli’s production of “La bohème” with Mirella Freni

April 28, 1966 – 38th Academy Awards: “The Sound of Music”, Julie Christie & Lee Marvin win

April 28, 1969 – 4th Academy of Country Music Awards: Glen Campbell and Cathie Taylor win

April 28, 1975 – John Lennon appears on “Tonight” & Ringo Starr on “Smother Brothers”

April 28, 1990 – “Chorus Line” closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 6,137 performances

April 28, 1992 – Francis Bacon died at age 83 in Madrid, Spain

April 28, 2014 – Craig Ferguson announces he will leave “The Late Late Show” at the end of 2014

April 28, 2017 – Gwyneth Paltrow brand Goop and Condé Nast announce they will be launching a quarterly publication together

April 29, 1784 – Premiere of Mozart’s Sonata in B flat, K454 (Vienna)

April 29, 1852 – 1st edition of Peter Roget’s Thesaurus published

April 29, 1912 – Frank Wedekind’s “Tod und Teufel” premieres in Berlin

April 29, 1940 – 1st radio broadcast of “Young Dr Malone” on CBS

April 29, 1940 – Robert Sherwood’s “There Shall be No Night” premieres in NYC

April 29, 1943 – Noel Coward’s “Present Laughter” premieres in London

April 29, 1953 – The first U.S. experimental 3D-TV broadcast showed an episode of Space Patrol on Los Angeles ABC affiliate KECA-TV

April 29, 1953 – 6th Cannes Film Festival: “The Wages of Fear” directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot wins the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film

April 29, 1962 – 16th Tony Awards: “A Man For All Seasons” & “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” win

April 29, 1967 – Aretha Franklin releases “Respect”

April 29, 1968 – “Hair” opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 1750 performances

April 29, 1982 – 17th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama, Merle Haggard, and Barbara Mandrell win

April 29, 1992 – “Falsettos” opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 487 performances

April 29, 1992 – 27th Academy of Country Music Awards: Garth Brooks and Reba McEntire win

April 29, 1995 – Final TV broadcast of “Empty Nest” on NBC TV

April 29, 1996 – “Rent”, starring Idina Menzel and Taye Diggs, opens at Nederlander Theater NYC

April 29, 1997 – 50th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): “The English Patient” Best Film, Joel & Ethan Coen Best Director

April 29, 1997 – 43rd British Academy Television Awards: “Only Fools and Horses” Best Comedy, “EastEnders” Best Drama

April 30, 1598 – 1st theater performance in America (Spanish comedy-Rio Grande)

April 30, 1695 – William Congreve’s “Love for Love” premieres in London

April 30, 1804 – The New Hague Theater opens in The Hague, the Netherlands

April 30, 1808 – 1st practical typewriter finished by Italian Pellegrini Turri

April 30, 1852 – Anton Rubinsteins opera “Dmitri Donskoi” premieres in St Petersburg

April 30, 1859 – Charles Dickens’ “A Tale Of Two Cities” is first published in literary periodical “All the Year Round” (weekly installments until Nov 26)

April 30, 1883 – Édouard Manet died at age 51 in Paris, France

April 30, 1939 – NBC/RCA 1st public TV demo with FDR at opening of NY World’s Fair

April 30, 1943 – Noel Coward’s “This Happy Breed” premieres in London

April 30, 1948 – “Inside USA” opens at Century Theater NYC for 339 performances

April 30, 1955 – Perez Prado’s “Cherry Pink & Apple Blossom White” goes #1 for 10 weeks

April 30, 1980 – “Barnum” opens at St James Theater NYC for 854 performances

April 30, 1981 – 16th Academy of Country Music Awards: Barbara Mandrell and George Jones win

April 30, 1988 – 33rd Eurovision Song Contest: Celine Dion for Switzerland wins singing “Ne partez pas sans moi” in Dublin

April 30, 1993 – Virgin Radio broadcasts for the first time in the United Kingdom

April 30, 1994 – 39th Eurovision Song Contest: Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan for Ireland wins singing “Rock ‘n’ Roll Kids” in Dublin

April 30, 1995 – “Blood Brothers” closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 839 performances

April 30, 1997 – 42 million watch Ellen DeGeneres admit she is gay

 


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