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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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, 1957 – Pablo Neruda arrested in Buenos Aires

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

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

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

April 12, 1892 – George C Blickensderfer patents portable typewriter

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

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

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

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, 1965 – Beatles record “Help”

April 14, 1828 – First American Dictionary: its author Noah Webster registers its copyright for publication

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 29, 1968 – Hair, which defined the genre of the “rock musical”, has its Broadway premiere at the Biltmore Theatre

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

 


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