December

 

December 1, 1887 – Sherlock Holmes 1st appears in print: “Study in Scarlet”

December 1, 1903 – “The Great Train Robbery”, the 1st Western film, released

December 1, 1906 – Cinema Omnia Pathe, world’s 1st cinema, opens in Paris

December 1, 1919 – AA Milne’s “Mr Pim Passes By” premieres in Manchester

December 1, 1924 – George & Ira Gershwin’s musical “Lady Be Good” premieres in NYC

December 1, 1944 – Béla Bartòk’s Concerto for orchestra premieres

December 1, 1944 – Prokofjev’s 8th piano sonata premieres

December 1, 1951 – Benjamin Britten’s opera “Billy Budd” premieres in London

December 1, 1957 – Sam Cooke, Buddy Holly and the Crickets debut on Ed Sullivan Show

December 1, 1958 – “Flower Drum Song” opens at St James Theater NYC

December 1, 1971 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono release “Happy Xmas (War is Over)” in US

December 1, 1976 – Sex Pistols using profanity on TV, gets them branded as “rotten punks”

December 1, 1982 – Michael Jackson releases his album “Thriller”

December 1, 1985 – TV mini series “Anne of Green Gables”, starring Megan Follows is first shown on CBS in Canada

December 1, 1986 – Musée d’Orsay opens in Paris

December 1, 2003 – “The Return of the King”, 3rd and final film in the Lord of the Rings series, directed by Peter Jackson and starring Elijah Wood and Ian McKellen premieres in Wellington, New Zealand

December 1, 2014 – “The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies”, 3rd and final Hobbit film, directed by Peter Jackson, starring Martin Freeman and Ian McKellen, premieres in London

December 2, 1840 – Gaetano Donizetti’s opera “La Favorita” premieres in Paris

December 2, 1867 – In a New York City theater, British author Charles Dickens gives his first public reading in the United States

December 2, 1877 – Camille Saint-Saëns’ opera “Samson et Dalila” premieres in Weimar

December 2, 1883 – John Brahms’ 3rd Symphony in F premieres

December 2, 1885 – Opera “Regina di Saba” premieres in Vienna

December 2, 1887 – Amsterdam’s Oscar Carrés Circus Theater opens

December 2, 1896 – Gerhart Hauptmann’s “Die versunkene Glocke” premieres in Berlin

December 2, 1932 – “Adventures of Charlie Chan” 1st heard on NBC-Blue radio network

December 2, 1933 – Fred Astaire’s 1st film, “Dancing Lady”, released

December 2, 2013 – “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”, 2nd film in the Hobbit series, directed by Peter Jackson, starring Martin Freeman and Ian McKellen, premieres in Los Angeles

December 3, 1907 – George Cohan’s musical “Talk of the Town” premieres in NYC

December 3, 1908 – Edward Elgar’s 1st Symphony in A premieres

December 3, 1919 – Renoir died at age 78 in Cagnes-sur-Mer, France

December 3, 1922 – First successful technicolor movie (Tall of the Sea), shown in NYC

December 3, 1926 – Detective novelist Agatha Christie mysteriously disappears for 11 days

December 3, 1930 – Richard Rodgers/L Hart’s musical “Evergreen” premieres in London

December 3, 1943 – Howard Hanson’s 4th Symphony premieres

December 3, 1947 – Tennessee Williams’ “Streetcar Named Desire” premieres in NYC

December 3, 1954 – William Walton’s opera “Troilus & Cressida” premieres in London

December 3, 1965 – The Beatles begin final UK concert tour in Glasgow

December 4, 1665 – Jean Racine’s “Alexandre le Grand” premieres in Paris

December 4, 1843 – Robert Schumann’s “Das Paradies und die Peri” premieres in Leipzig

December 4, 1901 – Anne Russell’s ‘Girl and the Judge’ premieres in NYC

December 4, 1923 – Cecil B. DeMille’s first version of “The Ten Commandments” premieres

December 4, 1951 – Aaron Copland’s/Robbins’ “Pied Piper” premieres in NYC

December 4, 1964 – Beatles release “Beatles For Sale” album

December 4, 1977 – Neil Simon’s “Chapter Two” premieres in NYC

December 4, 1986 – Neil Simon’s “Broadway Bound” premieres in NYC

December 5, 1830 – Hector Berlioz’ “Symphonique Fantastique” premieres in Paris

December 5, 1837 – Hector Berlioz’ “Requiem” premieres

December 5, 1859 – Dion Boucicault’s “Octaroon” premieres in NYC

December 5, 1890 – Berlioz’ opera “Les Troyens” premieres in Karlsruhe

December 5, 1894 – Georges Feydeaus’ “L’hôtel du libre échange” premieres in Paris

December 5, 1896 – Henrik Ibsen’s “Kejsor og Galileer” premieres in Leipzig

December 5, 1926 – Claude Monet died at age 86 in Giverny, France

December 5, 1941 – Patrick Hamilton’s “Angel Street” premieres in NYC

December 5, 1956 – Thornton Wilder’s “Matchmaker” premieres in NYC

December 5, 1957 – William Inge’s “Dark at the Top of the Stairs” premieres in NYC

December 5, 1974 – Final episode of Monty Python’s Flying Circus airs on BBC TV

December 5, 2002 – “The Two Towers” 2nd Lord of the Rings film directed by Peter Jackson and starring Elijah Wood and Ian McKellen premieres in New York

December 6, 1160 – Jean Bodels “Jeu de St Nicholas” premieres in Arras

December 6, 1732 – 1st play in American colonies acted by professional players in NYC

December 6, 1846 – Opera “La Damnation de Faust” is produced in Paris

December 6, 1877 – First recording made of the human voice – Thomas Edison reciting “Mary had a little lamb”

December 6, 1933 – Ban on James Joyce’ “Ulysses” in US lifted

December 6, 1939 – Cole Porter’s musical “Du Barry was a Lady” premieres in NYC

December 6, 1963 – Beatles begin a tradition of releasing a Christmas record for fans

December 6, 1964 – “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” 1st airs on TV

December 6, 1991 – “Star Trek VI-Undiscovered Country” premieres

December 7, 1732 – The Royal Opera House opens at Covent Garden, London

December 7, 1842 – New York Philharmonic’s 1st concert

December 7, 1877 – Thomas Edison demonstrates his phonograph (gramophone) to the editors of “Scientific American”

December 7, 1889 – Gilbert & Sullivan’s “Gondoliers” premieres in London

December 7, 1911 – Leslie J Stuart’s musical “Betsy” premieres in NYC

December 7, 1912 – Bust of Queen Nefertiti found in El-Amarna, Egypt

December 7, 1925 – Biltmore Theater opens at 261 W 47th St NYC

December 7, 1925 – Noel Coward’s “Easy Virtue” premieres in NYC

December 7, 1938 – Philip Barry’s “Here Come the Clowns” premieres in NYC

December 7, 1939 – William Walton’s violinist concert premieres in Cleveland

December 7, 1967 – Otis Redding records “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay”

December 7, 1968 – Richard Dodd returns a library book his great grandfather took out in 1823 from the University of Cincinnati

December 7, 1994 – 5th Billboard Music Awards: Ace of Base & Mariah Carey win

December 7, 1999 – The RIAA files a lawsuit against the Napster file-sharing client, on charges of copyright infringement

December 7, 2002 – Two thieves used a ladder to climb to the roof and break in to the Vincent Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, stealing Van Gogh’s View of the Sea at Scheveningen and Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen, valued at $30 million. Dutch police convicted two men in December 2003, but did not recover the paintings.

December 8, 1609 – Biblioteca Ambrosiana opens its reading room, the second public library of Europe

December 8, 1813 – Ludwig von Beethoven’s 7th Symphony in A, premieres

December 8, 1846 – Hector Berlioz’s “La Damnation de Faust” premieres

December 8, 1849 – Giuseppe Verdi’s opera “Luisa Miller” premieres in Naples

December 8, 1886 – Diego Rivera was born in Guanajuato, Mexico

December 8, 1896 – Start of Sherlock Holmes “Adventure of Missing 3 Quarter”

December 8, 1913 – Construction starts on Palace of Fine Arts in SF

December 8, 1914 – Irving Berlin’s musical “Watch your Step” premieres in NYC

December 8, 1915 – John McCrae’s poem “In Flanders Fields” appears anonymously in “Punch” magazine

December 8, 1930 – Broadway Theater opens at 1681 Broadway NYC

December 8, 1930 – Cole Porter’s musical “NYCers” premieres in NYC

December 8, 1949 – “On the Town”, the film adaptation of the Broadway musical, starring Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Ann Miller and Vera-Ellen, is released

December 8, 1952 – 1st TV acknowledgement of pregnancy (I Love Lucy)

December 8, 1956 – Guy Mitchell’s “Singing the Blues” single goes #1 for 10 weeks

December 8, 1967 – The Beatles’ “Magical Mystery Tour” album is released in UK

December 8, 1980 – Annie Leibovitz has a photo-shoot with John Lennon, the last person to professionally photograph him before his death

December 8, 1982 – Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez receives the Nobel Prize for Literature

December 9, 1854 – Alfred Tennyson’s poem “Charge of the Light Brigade” published

December 9, 1905 – Richard Strauss’ opera “Salome” premieres in Dresden

December 9, 1931 – Benn W Levy’s “Springtime for Henry” premieres in NYC

December 9, 1960 – 1st broadcast of “Coronation Street” on British ITV

December 9, 1964 – John Coltrane’s Quartet records “A Love Supreme” at Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

December 9, 1965 – “A Charlie Brown Christmas” premieres

December 9, 1991 – 2nd Billboard Music Awards: Michael Jackson & Whitney Houston win

December 9, 1992 – 3rd Billboard Music Awards: Garth Brooks, Ropin’ The Wind win

December 9, 1997 – “Tomorrow Never Dies”, 18th James Bond film starring Pierce Brosnan and Michelle Yeoh, premieres in London

December 9, 2005 – “Brokeback Mountain”, starring Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, is released

December 10, 1882 – John Brahms’ “Gesang der Parzen” (Song of the Fates) premieres

December 10, 1884 – “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain is first published in the UK and Canada (US Feb 1885, due to printing error)

December 10, 1896 – Alfred Jarry’s “Ubu Roi” premieres in Paris

December 10, 1899 – Frank Wedekind’s “Der Kammersang” premieres in Berlin

December 10, 1907 – Rudyard Kipling receives the Nobel prize for literature, the first English-language writer to do so

December 10, 1925 – George Bernard Shaw awarded Nobel prize for literature

December 10, 1927 – Grand Ole Opry makes its 1st radio broadcast, in Nashville, TN

December 10, 1963 – 6-year old Donny Osmond’s singing debut on Andy Williams Show

December 10, 2001 – “The Fellowship of the Ring” Lord of the Rings film directed by Peter Jackson and starring Elijah Wood and Ian McKellen premieres in London

December 11, 1730- Voltaire’s “Brutus” premieres in Paris

December 11, 1882 – Boston’s Bijou Theatre, 1st American playhouse lit exclusively by electricity, 1st performance, Gilbert & Sullivan’s “Iolanthe”

December 11, 1882 – Victorien Sardous “Fedora” with Sarah Bernhardt, premieres in Paris

December 11, 1908 – Frederick Delius’ “In a Summer Garden” premieres

December 11, 1909 – Colored moving pictures demonstrated at Madison Square Garden, NYC

December 11, 1913 – “Mona Lisa” recovered 2 years after it was stolen from the Louvre Museum

December 11, 1945 – Het Parool publishes 1st Captain Rob-strip

December 11, 1946 – Hank Williams begins to record on Sterling label

December 11, 1960 – Coleman/Leigh’s musical “Wildcat” with Lucille Ball premieres in NYC

December 11, 1961 – Elvis Presley’s “Blue Hawaii” album goes #1 & stays #1 for 20 wks

December 11, 1967 – Beatles’ Apple Music signs its 1st group – Grapefruit

December 11, 1980 – “Magnum P.I.” starring Tom Selleck premieres on CBS

December 12, 1792 – In Vienna, Ludwig Von Beethoven (22) receives 1st lesson in music composition from Franz Joseph Haydn

December 12, 1863 – Edvard Munch was born in Ådalsbruk, Løten, union between United Kingdoms of Sweden and Norway

December 12, 1920 – Maurice Ravels ballet “La Valse” premieres in Paris

December 12, 1964 – Shooting starts for “Star Trek” pilot “The Cage”

December 12, 1965 – The Beatles’ last concert in Great Britain (Capitol Theatre in Cardiff, Wales)

December 12, 1968 – Rolling Stones film TV show “Rock ‘n Roll Circus” (never aired)

December 12, 1969 – “Hello Dolly” with Barbra Streisand premieres

December 12, 1995 – CBC announces Radio Canada International service to end on March 31

December 13, 1668 – Jean Racine’s “Britannicus” premieres in Paris

December 13, 1759 – First music store in America opens in Philadelphia

December 13, 1928 – Clip-on tie designed

December 13, 1928 – George Gershwin’s “An American In Paris” premieres in NYC

December 13, 1944 – Kadinsky died at age 77 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France

December 13, 1950 – James Dean begins his career with an appearance in a Pepsi commercial

December 13, 1956 – “Anastasia” comeback film for Ingrid Bergman is released in the US, role wins Bergman Academy Award for Best Actress

December 13, 1961 – Beatles sign a formal agreement to be managed by Brian Epstein

December 13, 1961 – Jimmy Dean’s Big Bad John album is country music 1st million dollar seller

December 13, 1963 – Capital records signs right of first refusal agreement with The Beatles

December 13, 1970 – Neil Simon’s “Gingerbread Lady” premieres in NYC

December 13, 1975 – 1st time “Saturday Night Live” uses a time delay, Richard Pryor hosts

December 13, 1989 – “Driving Miss Daisy” directed by Bruce Beresford and starring Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy is released (Best Picture 1990)

December 13, 2001 – “A Beautiful Mind” based on the bio by Sylvia Nasar, directed by Ron Howard and starring Russell Crowe premieres in Los Angeles (Best Picture 2002)

December 14, 1656 – Artificial pearls are first manufactured by M Jacquin in Paris (with fish scales and gypsum pellets)

December 14, 1708 – Prosper Jolyot’s “Electre” premieres in Paris

December 14, 1849 – 1st chamber music group in US gives their 1st concert (Boston)

December 14, 1918 – Giacomo Puccini’s opera “Il Trittico” premieres in NYC

December 14, 1924 – Respighi’s symphony “Pini di Roma” premieres in Paris

December 14, 1945 – Elmer Rice’ “Dream Girl” premieres in NYC

December 14, 1964 – Michael Brown meets Rene Fladen, then writes “Walk Away Rene”

December 14, 1969 – Jackson Five made their 1st appearance on “Ed Sullivan Show”

December 14, 1977 – “Saturday Night Fever” starring John Travolta, premieres in NYC

December 14, 2015 – “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” directed by J.J. Abrams and starring Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Harrison Ford has its world premiere at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles

December 15, 1675 – Johannes Vermeer died at age 43 in Delft, Netherlands

December 15, 1877 – Thomas Edison patents the phonograph

December 15, 1893 – Dvoráks “From the New World” premieres at Carnegie Hall NYC

December 15, 1919 – Edna St Vincent Millay’s “Aria da Capo” premieres in NYC

December 15, 1939 – “Gone With the Wind” premieres in Atlanta

December 15, 1949 – Albert Camus’ “Les Justes” premieres in Paris

December 15, 1986 – Carnegie Hall reopens after a $50 million facelift

December 15, 1993 – “Schindler’s List”, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, and Ralph Fiennes, is released (Best Picture 1994)

December 15, 2004 – “Million Dollar Baby”, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman is released (Best Picture 2005)

December 16, 1767 – Van Ritter von Glucks opera “Alceste” premieres

December 16, 1866 – Kandinsky was born in Moscow, Russia

December 16, 1877 – Anton Bruckner’s 3rd Symphony in D, premieres

December 16, 1903 – Majestic Theater, NYC, becomes 1st in US to employ women ushers

December 16, 1905 – “Variety” covering all phases of show business, first published

December 16, 1907 – Eugene H Farrar is 1st to sing on radio

December 16, 1913 – Charlie Chaplin began his film career at Keystone for $150 a week

December 16, 1924 – Noel Coward’s “Vortex” premieres in London

December 16, 1926 – Darius Milhauds opera “Le Pauvre Matelot” premieres in Paris

December 16, 1946 – French fashion designer Christian Dior and his backer Marcel Boussac found fashion house Christian Dior

December 16, 1951 – NBC premiere of “Dragnet” in black and white

December 16, 1962 – David Lean’s film “Lawrence of Arabia”, based on life of T. E. Lawrence premieres, starring Peter O’Toole (Best Picture 1963)

December 16, 1966 – Jimi Hendrix Experience releases its 1st single, “Hey Joe,” in the UK

December 16, 1970 – “Love Story” based on the novel by Erich Segal, directed by Arthur Hiller and starring Ryan O’Neal and Ali McGraw is released

December 16, 1971 – Don McLean’s 8+ minute version of “American Pie” released

December 16, 1975 – 1st broadcast of “One Day at a Time” on CBS TV

December 17, 1865 – Franz Schubert’s “Unfinished Symphony” premieres

December 17, 1887 – Georges Feydeau’s “Tailleur Pour Dames” premieres in Paris

December 17, 1892 – Tchaikovski’s ballet “Casse-noisette” premieres in St Petersburg

December 17, 1902 – Frank Wedekind’s “Der Erdgeist” premieres in Berlin

December 17, 1936 – Ventriloquist Edgar Bergen & dummy Charlie McCarthy, appear on TV

December 17, 1959 – “On The Beach” is 1st film to premiere on both sides of Iron Curtain

December 17, 1962 – Beatles 1st British TV appearance (People & Places)

December 17, 1964 – “Goldfinger”, 3rd James Bond film, starring Sean Connery and Honor Blackman premieres in London

December 17, 1965 – Astrodome opens, 1st event is Judy Garland & Supremes concert

December 17, 1971 – “Diamonds are Forever”, 7th James Bond film, last starring Sean Conner, also starring Jill St. John is 1st released in West Germany

December 17, 1977 – Elvis Costello & The Attractions 1st US TV appearance (SNL)

December 17, 1989 – The Simpsons debuts — longest-running American sitcom, longest-running American animated program, longest-running American scripted primetime television series

December 17, 1991 – Soap opera “One Life To Live” airs its 6,000th episode

December 17, 2003 – “The Return of the King” 3rd Lord of the Ring films is released. Makes US$72 million opening weekend, 2nd film to gross over 1 billion worldwide

December 17, 2013 – Cat Stevens, Hall & Oates, Kiss, Linda Ronstadt, and Nirvana are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

December 18, 1719 – Thomas Fleet publishes “Mother Goose’s Melodies For Children”

December 18, 1879 – Paul Klee was born in Münchenbuchsee, Switzerland

December 18, 1892 – Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s ballet “Nutcracker Suite” premieres

December 18, 1892 – Anton Bruckner’s 8th Symphony premieres

December 18, 1946 – TV’s 1st network dramatic serial “Faraway Hill” ends 2 month run in US

December 18, 1961 – Britain’s EMI Records originally rejects the Beatles

December 18, 1964 – “The Pink Panther” cartoon series premieres

December 18, 1966 – Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” airs for 1st time on CBS

December 18, 1969 – “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”, 6th James Bond Film starring George Lazenby and Diana Rigg, premieres in London

December 18, 1971 – CBS radio cancels Saturday morning band concerts

December 18, 1976 – “A Star is Born”, with Barbra Streisand, premieres

December 18, 1976 – “Wonder Woman” debuts on ABC

December 18, 1989 – “I Love Lucy” Christmas episode, shown for 1st time in over 30 years

December 18, 2002 – “The Two Towers”, 2nd of the Lord of the Rings films is released. Makes US$62 opening weekend and $926 million total worldwide

December 18, 2009 – James Cameron’s “Avatar”, starring Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana, is released

December 19, 1696 – Jean-Francois Regnard’s “Le Joueur” premieres in Paris

December 19, 1843 – “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens is published, 6,000 copies sold

December 19, 1854 – Allen Wilson of Conn patents sewing machine to sew curving seams

December 19, 1881 – Opera “Hérodiade” is produced in Brussels

December 19, 1890 – Start of Sherlock Holmes “Adventure of Beryl Coronet”

December 19, 1945 – Jean Giraudoux’ “La Folle de Chaillot” premieres in Paris

December 19, 1946 – Noel Cowards musical “Pacific 1860” premieres in London

December 19, 1960 – Frank Sinatra’s 1st session with Reprise Records (Ring-A-Ding-Ding)

December 19, 1971 – CBS airs “Homecoming A Christmas Story,” (introducing the Waltons)

December 19, 1971 – Stanley Kubrick’s X-rated film “A Clockwork Orange” starring Malcolm McDowell premieres

December 19, 1974 – “The Man with the Golden Gun”, 9th James Bond film, starring Roger Moore, Britt Ekland and Christopher Lee, premieres in London

December 19, 1979 – “Kramer vs Kramer” directed by Robert Benton and starring Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep is released (Best Picture 1980)

December 19, 1986 – “Platoon” directed by Oliver Stone and starring Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger and Willem Dafoe is released (Best Picture 1987)

December 19, 2001 – “The Fellowship of the Ring”, 1st Lord of the Rings film is released. Makes US$47 million US opening weekend, $871 million total worldwide

December 20, 1600 – Ottario Rinuccini/Giulio Caccini’s opera “Euridice” published

December 20, 1812 – “Grimm’s Fairy Tales” by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm is published

December 20, 1823 – Franz Schubert’s “Ballet-Musik aus Rosamunde,” premieres in Vienna

December 20, 1880 – NY’s Broadway lit by electricity, becomes known as “Great White Way”

December 20, 1912 – J Hartley Manners’ “Peg O’ My Heart” premieres in NYC

December 20, 1912 – Paul Claudels “L’Annonce Faite à Marie” premieres in Paris

December 20, 1918 – Eugene O’Neill’s “Moon of the Caribees” premieres in NYC

December 20, 1926 – Sidney Howard’s “Silver Cord” premieres in NYC

December 20, 1944 – Terence Rattigan’s “O Mistress Mine” premieres in London

December 20, 1946 – Darius Milhaud’s 2nd Symphony, premieres

December 20, 1946 – Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life” starring James Stewart and Donna Reed premieres in New York

December 20, 1949 – Maurice Ravel/John Cranko’s ballet “Beauty & the Beast” premieres

December 20, 1950 – “Harvey” starring James Stewart premieres in NY

December 20, 1962 – Osmond brothers debut on Andy Williams Show

December 20, 1967 – “The Graduate” starring Dustin Hoffman & Anne Bancroft premieres

December 20, 1972 Neil Simon’s “Sunshine Boys” premieres in NYC

December 20, 1974 – “The Godfather Part II”, directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, is released (Best Picture 1975)

December 20, 1991 – “Father of the Bride”, starring Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, and Martin Short, is released

December 20, 1996 – Horror classic “Scream”, starring Neve Campbell and Courteney Cox, is released

December 20, 2002 – “Gangs of New York”, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Cameron Diaz, is released

December 20, 2007 – The painting Portrait of Suzanne Bloch (1904), by the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso, was stolen from the São Paulo Museum of Art, along with O Lavrador de Café, by the major Brazilian modernist painter Candido Portinari

December 21, 1900 – Gerhart Hauptmann’s “Michael Kramer” premieres in Berlin

December 21, 1909 – Clyde Fitch’ “City” premieres in NYC

December 21, 1914 – 1st feature-length silent film comedy “Tillie’s Punctured Romance” released starring Marie Dressler, Mabel Normand and Charles Chaplin

December 21, 1920 – Jerome Kern/BG DeSylva’s musical “Sally” premieres in NYC

December 21, 1925 – Eisenstein’s movie Battleship Potemkin premieres in Moscow

December 21, 1932 – Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers, 1st joint movie (Flying Down to Rio)

December 21, 1933 – Fox Films signs Shirley Temple, 5, to a studio contract

December 21, 1937 – The first full-length animated feature film and the earliest in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”, premieres at the Carthay Circle Theatre

December 21, 1949 – “Samson and Delilah”, directed and produced by Cecil B. DeMille, starring Hedy Lamarr and Victor Mature, premieres in New York

December 21, 1950 – Cole Porte’s musical “Out of this World” premieres at New Century Theater NYC

December 21, 1961 – Beatles record “Sweet Georgia Brown” & “Ready Teddy”

December 21, 1968 – David Crosby, Stephen Stills & Graham Nash premiere together in California

December 21, 1969 – Diana Ross final TV appearance as a Supreme (Ed Sullivan Show)

December 21, 1985 – Heart’s “Heart” album goes #1

December 21, 2012 – “Gangnam Style” becomes the first video to reach one billion views on YouTube

December 22, 1883 – August Strindberg’s “Lycko-Pers Reja” premieres

December 22, 1894 – Claude Debussy’s “Prélude à l’apres-midi d’un faune” premieres in Paris

December 22, 1907 – Saint-Saëns’/Fokine’s ballet “Le Cygne” premieres in St Petersburg

December 22, 1924 – Philip Barry’s “Youngest” premieres in NYC

December 22, 1932 – “The Mummy” directed by Karl Freund and starring Boris Karloff is released in the US – 1st Mummy horror film

December 22, 1958 – “Chipmunk Song” reaches #1

December 22, 1960 – Jean-Michel Basquiat was born in Brooklyn, New York, United States

December 22, 1965 – “Doctor Zhivago” based on the novel by Boris Pasternak, directed by David Lean and starring Omar Sharif and Julie Christie premieres in NYC

December 22, 1984 – Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” single goes #1 for 6 weeks

December 23, 1692 – Nahum Tate is appointed the third Poet Laureate by English monarchs William and Mary

December 23, 1815 – “Emma” By Jane Austen is published by John Murray in London

December 23, 1888 – Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh cuts off his left ear with a razor, and sends it to a prostitute for safe keeping

December 23, 1893 – Opera “Hansel und Gretel” is produced (Weimar

December 23, 1911 – Frank Wedekind’s “Oaha, die Satire der Satire” premieres in Munich

December 23, 1911 – Opera “I Gioielli Della Madonna” is produced in Berlin

December 23, 1912 – 1st “Keystone Kops” film, entitled “Hoffmeyer’s Legacy”

December 23, 1915 – J Kern/S Greene’s musical “Very Good Eddie” premieres in NYC

December 23, 1930 – Bette Davis arrives in Hollywood under contract to Universal Studios

December 23, 1938 – Margaret Hamilton’s costume catches fire in filming of “Wizard of Oz”

December 23, 1940 – John Van Druten’s “Old Acquaintance” premieres in NYC

December 23, 1945 – Frederick Astons “Cinderella” premieres in London

December 23, 1963 – Beach Boys 1st appearance on “Shindig”

December 23, 1970 – 7,511th performance of Agatha Christie’s play “The Mousetrap” (record)

December 24, 1818 – Christmas carol “Silent Night” composed by Franz Xaver Gruber is first sung at St Nicholas parish church in Oberndorf, Austria

December 24, 1871 – Giusseppi Verdi’s “Aida” premieres in Cairo, at the opening of the Suez canal

December 24, 1898 – Herman Heijermans’ “Ghetto” premieres in Amsterdam

December 24, 1900 – Herman Heijermans’ “Hope of Blessing” premieres in Amsterdam

December 24, 1922 – BBC broadcasts first British radio play “The Truth about Father Christmas”

December 24, 1930 – F Garcia Lorca’s “La Zapatera Prodigiosa” premieres in Madrid

December 24, 1943 – Terence Rattigan’s “While the Sun Shines” premieres in London

December 24, 1951 – 1st televised opera (Amahl & Night Visitor)

December 24, 1956 – “I Love Lucy” Christmas show airs, never put in syndication

December 24, 1964 – Shooting begins on “The Cage” the pilot for Star Trek

December 24, 1970 – Walt Disney’s “Aristocats” is released

December 25, 1760 – Jupiter Hammon, an African American slave, composes poetry broadside “An Evening Thought”

December 25, 1818 – 1st known Christmas carol (“Silent Night, Holy Night” – “Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht) sung (Austria)

December 25, 1818 – Handel’s Messiah, premieres in the US in Boston

December 25, 1830 – Hector Berlioz’s “Symphony Fantastic” premieres

December 25, 1843 – 1st theatre matinee (Olympic Theatre, NYC)

December 25, 1902 – Clyde Fitch’ “Girl with Green Eyes” premieres in NYC

December 25, 1905 – V Herbert/H Blossoms musical “Mlle Modiste” premieres in NYC

December 25, 1911 – Edward Knoblock’s “Kismet” premieres in NYC

December 25, 1915 – Irving Berlin & Harry B Smith’s musical premieres in NYC

December 25, 1917 – “Why Marry” 1st drama to win Pulitzer Prize, premieres in NYC

December 25, 1917 – Hirsch/Harbach’s musical “Going Up” premieres in NYC

December 25, 1923 – Imperial Theater opens at 249 W 45th St NYC

December 25, 1962 – “To Kill a Mockingbird”, a film adaptation of the novel by Harper Lee, directed by Robert Mulligan and starring Gregory Peck, is released

December 25, 1963 – Walt Disney’s “The Sword in the Stone” is released

December 25, 1973 – “The Sting” directed by George Roy Hill and starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford premieres in Los Angeles and New York (Best Picture 1974)

December 25, 1990 – “The Godfather Part III” directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Al Pacino, Diane Keaton and Andy Garcia premieres

December 25, 2013 – “The Wolf of Wall Street”, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill, is released

December 26, 1805 – Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts established

December 26, 1831 – Vincenzo Bellini’s opera “Norma” premieres in Milan

December 26, 1871 – Gilbert and Sullivan collaborate for the first time, on their lost opera, Thespis. It does modestly well, but the two would not collaborate again for four years

December 26, 1879 – Johannes Brahms’ “Tragic Ouverture” premieres

December 26, 1924 – Judy Garland, 2½, billed as Baby Frances, makes her show business debut

December 26, 1931 – George/Ira Gershwin’s “Of Thee I Sing,” premieres in NYC

December 26, 1931 – Pulitzer Prize-winning musical play “Of Thee I Sing” opens on Broadway

December 26, 1944 – Tennessee Williams’ play “Glass Menagerie” premieres in Chicago

December 26, 1954 – “The Shadow” airs for last time on radio

December 26, 1955 – RKO is 1st to announce sale of its film library to TV

December 26, 1957 – Roger Sessions’ 3rd Symphony premieres in London

December 26, 1963 – Beatles release “I Want To Hold Your Hand”/”I Saw Her Standing There”

December 26, 1964 – Beatles’ “I Feel Fine” single goes #1 & stays #1 for 3 weeks

December 26, 1966 – Jimi Hendrix writes “Purple Haze” backstage at the Upper Cut Club

December 26, 1967 – BBC broadcasts “Magical Mystery Tour”

December 26, 1968 – Led Zeppelin’s concert debut in Denver as opener for Vanilla Fudge

December 26, 1973 – Horror film “The Exorcist” starring Linda Blair & rated X, premieres – 1st horror film to be nominated for Best Picture

December 26, 1986 – TV soap “Search for Tomorrow” ends 35 year run

December 27, 1887 – Start of Sherlock Holmes “Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle”

December 27, 1903 – “Sweet Adaline”, a barbershop quartet favorite, is first sung

December 27, 1904 – “Peter Pan” by J. M. Barrie premieres at the Duke of York Theatre in London

December 27, 1904 – W B Yeats/Lady Gregory’s “On Baile’s Strand” premieres in Dublin

December 27, 1927 – Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein II’s “Show Boat” premieres in NYC

December 27, 1927 – Philip Barry’s “Paris Bound” premieres in NYC

December 27, 1932 – Radio City Music Hall opens (NYC)

December 27, 1937 – Mae West performs Adam & Eve skit that gets her banned from NBC radio

December 27, 1947 – 1st “Howdy Doody Show” (Puppet Playhouse), telecast on NBC

December 27, 1978 – CBS Television’s premiere of its version of “Les Miserables”, starring Richard Jordan and Anthony Persins

December 27, 1979 – “Knots Landing” premieres on CBS-TV

December 27, 2002 – “Chicago”, based on the musical, directed by Rob Marshall and starring Renee Zellweger, Richard Gere, and Catherine Zeta Jones, is released (Best Picture 2003)

December 28, 1897 – Edmond Rostand’s “Cyrano de Bergerac” premieres in Paris

December 28, 1903 – Clyde Fitch’s “Glad of It” premieres in NYC

December 28, 1923 – George Bernard Shaw’s “St Joan” premieres in NYC

December 28, 1925 – George/Ira Gershwin’s musical “Tip-Toes” premieres in NYC

December 28, 1927 – George Kaufman & Moss Hart’s “Royal Family” premieres in NYC

December 28, 1928 – Last recording of Ma Rainey, “Mother of the Blues,” made

December 28, 1928 – Louis Armstrong makes 78 recording of “West End blues”

December 28, 1944 – Leonard Bernstein’s musical “On the Town” premieres in NYC

December 28, 1949 – 20th Century Fox announces it would produce TV programs

December 28, 1958 – Chipmunks (Alvin, Simon & Theodore with David Seville) hits #1

December 28, 1961 – Tennessee Williams’ “Night of the Iguana” premieres in NYC

December 28, 1964 – Principal filming on film “Doctor Zhivago” begins

December 28, 1968 – Beatles’ “White Album” goes #1 & stays #1 for 9 weeks

December 28, 1969 – Neil Simon’s “Last of the Red Hot Lovers” premieres in NYC

December 28, 2009 – Scarlett Johansson makes her debut on Broadway in the Arthur Miller play “A View from the Bridge”

December 29, 1705 – Prosper Jolyot’s “Idomenée” premieres in Paris

December 29, 1857 – Franz Liszt’s “Die Hunnenschlacht” premieres in Weimar

December 29, 1911 – San Francisco Symphony forms

December 29, 1913 – 1st movie serial “Adventures of Kathlyn” premieres in Chicago

December 29, 1955 – Barbra Streisand’s 1st recording “You’ll Never Know” at age 13

December 29, 1965 – “Thunderball”, 4th James Bond film starring Sean Connery and Claudine Auger premieres in Tokyo

December 29, 1965 – Supremes release “My World is Empty Without You”

December 29, 1967 – Star Trek’s “Trouble With Tribbles” first airs

December 30, 1877 – Johnannes Brahms’ 2nd Symphony in D, premieres in Vienna

December 30, 1879 – Gilbert & Sullivan’s “Pirates of Penzance” premieres

December 30, 1884 – Anton Bruckner’s 7th Symphony in E, premieres in Leipzig

December 30, 1926 – Paul Eliot Green’s “In Abraham’s Bosom” premieres in NYC

December 30, 1929 – Cole Porter’s musical “Wake Up & Dream” premieres in NYC

December 30, 1939 – “Of Mice and Men”, starring Burgess Meredith as George, Lon Chaney Jr. as Lennie, is released

December 30, 1948 – “Kiss Me, Kate” opens at New Century Theater NYC for 1077 performances

December 30, 1966 – The cult classic “One Million Years B.C.”, starring Raquel Welch, is released

December 30, 1967 – Beatles’ “Hello Goodbye” single goes #1 & stays #1 for 3 weeks

December 30, 1968 – Frank Sinatra first records “My Way” with lyrics were written by Paul Anka and based on the French song “Comme d’habitude”

December 30, 1974 – Beatles are legally disbanded (4 years after suit was brought)

December 30, 1980 – “Wonderful World of Disney” last performance on NBC-TV

December 31, 1680 – Amsterdam opera at Leidsegracht opens

December 31, 1869 – Henri Matisse was born in Le Cateau-Cambrésis, France

December 31, 1879 – Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera “Pirates of Penzance” premieres in NYC

December 31, 1961 – Beach Boys play their debut gig under that name

December 31, 1963 – Jerry Garcia & Bob Weir played music together for the 1st time

December 31, 1966 – Monkee’s “I’m a Believer” hits #1 & stays there for 7 weeks

December 31, 1970 – Paul McCartney files a lawsuit to dissolve the Beatles

December 31, 1978 – The Runaways’ band’s last ever concert at Daly, CA.’s Cow Palace

December 31, 1993 – Barbra Streisand does her 1st live public concert in 20 years

December 31, 1995 – Cartoonist Bill Watterson ends his “Calvin & Hobbes” comic strip

December 31, 1999 – Cezanne’s View of Auvers-sur-Oise was stolen from the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England.

 


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