February

 

February 1, 1814 – Lord Byron’s “Corsair” sells 10,000 copies on day of publication

February 1, 1862 – Julia Howe publishes “Battle Hymn of Republic”

February 1, 1880 – The first edition of theatrical newspaper The Stage is published

February 1, 1884 – 1st volume of the Oxford English Dictionary, A-Ant, published

February 1, 1893 – Puccini’s Opera “Manon Lescaut” premieres in Turin

February 1, 1893 – Thomas Edison complete’s worlds 1st movie studio, West Orange NJ

February 1, 1896 – Giacomo Puccini’s Opera “La Boheme” premieres in Turin

February 1, 1902 – Hermann Sudermanns “Es lebe das Leben” premieres in Berlin

February 1, 1918 – Franz Lehar’s opera “Wo die Lerche singt” premieres in Budapest

February 1, 1918 – Kern, Bolton & Wodehouse’s musical premieres in NYC

February 1, 1923 – Noel Coward’s “Young Idea” premieres in London

February 1, 1929 – “The Broadway Melody” directed by Harry Beaumont and starring Bessie Love is released. 1st film with sound to win an Oscar (Outstanding Picture 1930)

February 1, 1930 – Arnold Schönbergs opera, Von heute auf Morgen premieres in Frankfurt

February 1, 1940 – NBC performs the first inter-city television broadcast from its station in New York City to another in Schenectady, New York by General Electric relay antennas

February 1, 1944 – Piet Mondrian died at age 71 in New York

February 1, 1949 – RCA releases 1st single record ever (45 rpm)

February 1, 1952 – SN Behrman’s “Jane” premieres in NYC

February 1, 1953 – “General Electric Theater” premieres on CBS TV; Ronald Reagan later hosts

February 1, 1954 – 1st TV soap opera “Secret Storm” premieres

February 1, 1964 – Beatles’ “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” 1st #1 hit, stays #1 for 7 weeks

February 1, 1964 – Indiana Governor Mathew Walsh tries to ban “Louie Louie” for obscenity

February 1, 1969 – Jim Morrison arrested for exposing himself in concert

February 1, 1976 – “Rich Man, Poor Man” mini-series premieres on ABC TV

February 1, 1976 – Sonny & Cher resume TV show, despite real-life divorce

February 1, 1980 – Soap opera “Love of Life” ends a 28 year run

February 1, 1981 – Duke Ellington’s musical “Sophisticated Ladies,” premieres in NYC

February 1, 1982 – “Late Night With David Letterman” debuts on NBC-TV, Bill Murray is first guest

February 1, 2004 – Wardrobe malfunction: Janet Jackson’s breast is exposed during the half-time show of Super Bowl XXXVIII, resulting in US broadcasters adopting a stronger adherence to FCC censorship guidelines

February 1, 2015 – 31st Sundance Film Festival: “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

February 2, 1633 – M Rossi’s opera “Erminia sul Giordano” premieres in Rome

February 2, 1637 – Zorilla’s “El más Impropio Verdugo Para Las” premieres in Madrid

February 2, 1709 – British sailor Alexander Selkirk is rescued after being marooned on a desert island for 5 years, his story inspires “Robinson Crusoe”

February 2, 1714 – Nicholas Rowe’s play “The Tragedy of Jane Shore” premieres in London

February 2, 1731 – George Frideric Handel’s opera “Poro” premieres in London

February 2, 1762 – Thomas Arnes’ opera “Artaxerxes” premieres in London

February 2, 1795 – Joseph Haydn’s 102nd Symphony in B premieres

February 2, 1823 – Rossini’s opera “Semiramide” premieres in Venice

February 2, 1852 – Alexandre Dumas Jr’s “La Dame aux Camélias” premieres in Paris

February 2, 1893 – 1st movie close-up (of a sneeze), Edison studio, West Orange, NJ

February 2, 1900 – Gustave Charpentiers opera “Louise” premieres in Paris

February 2, 1914 – James Royce Shannon’s musical “Shameen Dhu” premieres in NYC

February 2, 1922 – James Joyce’s “Ulysses” published in Paris (1,000 copies)

February 2, 1926 – 3 men dance Charleston for 22 hours

February 2, 1927 – Harry Tierney/Joseph McCarthy’s “Rio Rita” premieres in NYC

February 2, 1927 – Ziegfeld Theater (Loew’s Ziegfeld) opens at 6th Ave & 54th St NYC

February 2, 1933 – Ucicky’s “Rotten Morning” premieres in Berlin

February 2, 1940 – Frank Sinatra’s singing debut in Indianapolis (Tommy Dorsey Orch)

February 2, 1944 – Edward Chodorov’s “Decision” premieres in NYC

February 2, 1950 – 1st broadcast of “What’s My Line” on CBS-TV

February 2, 1952 – B.B. King’s “3 O’Clock Blues” hits #1 on the US Billboard’s R&B hit parade to become his first national hit

February 2, 1959 – Buddy Holly’s last performance

February 2, 1965 – Joe Orton’s “Loot” premieres in Brighton

February 2, 1970 – 27th Golden Globes: Anne of the Thousand Days, John Wayne, & Genevieve Bujold

February 2, 1973 – “Midnight Special” rock music show debuts on NBC-TV

February 2, 1974 – Barbra Streisand’s 1st #1 hit, “The Way We Were”

February 2, 1984 – 1st Soap Opera Digest Awards – Days of Our Lives wins

February 2, 1991 – Sting scores his second UK No.1 album with ‘The Soul Cages’

February 2, 1993 – Frito Lay pays court ordered $2,500,000 to Tom Wait for using his song

February 3, 1844 – Hector Berlioz’ “Carnaval Romain” premieres in Paris

February 3, 1863 – Samuel Clemens first uses the pen name Mark Twain in a Virginia City newspaper, the “Territorial Enterprise”

February 3, 1869 – Booth Theater at 23rd & 6th opens in NYC (Romeo & Juliet)

February 3, 1894 – Norman Rockwell was born in New York

February 3, 1913 – Golden/Cawthorne’s musical “Sunshine Girl” premieres in NYC

February 3, 1919 – Herbert/Blossom’s musical “Velvet Lady” premieres in NYC

February 3, 1938 – Paul Osborn’s “On Borrowed Time” premieres in NYC

February 3, 1945 – Walt Disney’s “3 Caballeros” released

February 3, 1951 – “Victor Borge Show” debuts on NBC TV

February 3, 1951 – Tennessee Williams’ “Rose Tattoo” premieres in NYC

February 3, 1959 – “The Day the Music Died” plane crash kills musicians Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, J. P. Richardson and pilot near Clear Lake Iowa

February 3, 1960 – “La Dolce Vita” directed by Federico Fellini and starring Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg has its film premiere in Italy

February 3, 1964 – “Meet the Beatles” album goes Gold

February 3, 1967 – “Purple Haze” recorded by Jimi Hendrix

February 3, 1969 – “Canterbury Tales” opens at Eugene O’Neill Theater NYC for 122 performances

February 3, 1979 – “YMCA” by Village People peaks at #2 on pop singles chart

February 4, 1803 – William Dunlap adapts French melodrama “Voice of Nature”

February 4, 1880 – Steele MacKay’s “Hazel Kirke” premieres in NYC

February 4, 1904 – John Millington Synge’s “Well of Saints” premieres in Dublin

February 4, 1913 – National Institute of Arts & Letters founded

February 4, 1924 – George Kelly’s “Show-Off,” premieres in NYC

February 4, 1938 – “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder opens on Broadway

February 4, 1938 – Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” is officially released

February 4, 1943 – Bertolt Brecht’s play “The Good Person of Szechwan” premieres in Zurich

February 4, 1944 – Jean Anouilh’s “Antigone” premieres in Paris

February 4, 1946 – Garson Kanin’s “Born Yesterday” premieres in NYC

February 4, 1957 – 1st electric portable typewriter placed on sale (Syracuse NY)

February 4, 1958 – “Oh, Captain!” opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 192 performances

February 4, 1968 – “Golden Rainbow” opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 355 performances

February 4, 1973 – “No, No Nanette” closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 861 performances

February 4, 1977 – Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours” released

February 4, 1994 – 10th Soap Opera Digest Awards – Days of Our Lives wins

February 5, 1861 – Kinematoscope patented by Coleman Sellers, Philadelphia

February 5, 1870 – 1st motion picture shown to a theater audience, Philadelphia

February 5, 1887 – Giuseppe Verdi’s opera “Otello” premieres at La Scala in Italy

February 5, 1907 – Arnold Schoenberg’s 1st string quartet premieres in Vienna

February 5, 1916 – Enrico Caruso recorded “O Solo Mio” for the Victor Talking Machine Co

February 5, 1922 – Reader’s Digest magazine 1st published

February 5, 1927 – Buster Keaton’s movie “The General” released

February 5, 1929 – Jimmy Hatlo’s “They’ll Do It Every Time” cartoon debuts in SF

February 5, 1937 – 1st Charlie Chaplin talkie, “Modern Times,” released

February 5, 1940 – Glenn Miller & his Orchestra record “Tuxedo Junction”

February 5, 1942 – “Woman of the Year” starring Hepburn & Tracy opens at Radio City

February 5, 1953 – “Peter Pan” by Walt Disney opens at Roxy Theater, NYC

February 5, 1953 – 5th Emmy Awards: I Love Lucy, Thomas Mitchell & Helen Hayes win

February 5, 1957 – Dmitri Shostakovitch completes his 2nd Piano Concert

February 5, 1967 – “Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour” premieres on CBS (later ABC, NBC)

February 5, 1967 – Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Robert Penn Warren

February 5, 1971 – 28th Golden Globes: Love Story, George C. Scott, & Ali MacGraw win

February 5, 1972 – The American Modernist poet Marianne Moore dies in New York City at the age of 84

February 5, 1973 – Comic strip “Hagar The Horrible” debuted

February 5, 1981 – Joni Mitchell inducted into the Canadian Hall of Fame

February 5, 1994 – “Where On Earth Is Carmen San Diego” debuts on Fox TV

February 5, 2017 – Heavy metal band Black Sabbath play their last concert in their home town Birmingham, England

February 6, 1851 – Robert Schumann’s 3rd Symphony “Rhenisch” premieres in Dusseldorf

February 6, 1918 – Gustav Klimt died at age 55 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary

February 6, 1921 – “The Kid”, starring Charlie Chaplin & Jackie Coogan, released

February 6, 1943 – Singer Frank Sinatra debuts on radio’s “Your Hit Parade”

February 6, 1946 – “Lute Song” opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 142 performances

February 6, 1965 – Righteous Brothers “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'” hits #1

February 6, 1972 – 29th Golden Globes: The French Connection, Gene Hackman, & Jane Fonda win

February 6, 1981 – Beatles Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr & George Harrison record a tribute to John Lennon

February 6, 1992 – “Late Night’s 10th Anniversary Show At Radio City Music Hall” on NBC

February 7, 1668 – Dutch Prince William III dances in premiere of “Ballet of Peace”

February 7, 1792 – Domenico Cimarosa’s opera “Il Matrimonio Segreto” premieres in Vienna

February 7, 1812 – Poet Lord Byron (6th Baron Byron) makes his maiden speech in House of Lords

February 7, 1827 – Ballet (Deserter) introduced to US at Bowery Theater (NYC)

February 7, 1836 – “Sketches by Boz” (essays) published by Charles Dickens

February 7, 1910 – Edmond Rostand’s “Chantecler” premieres in Paris

February 7, 1914 – Charlie Chaplin debuts “The Tramp” in “Kid Auto Races at Venice”

February 7, 1922 – John Willard’s “Cat & the Canary” premieres in NYC

February 7, 1931 – US opera “Peter Ibbetson” by Deems Taylor premieres at Met Opera NYC

February 7, 1940 – Walt Disney’s second feature length movie, “Pinocchio” premieres (NYC)

February 7, 1941 – Frank Sinatra & Tommy Dorsey orchestra record “Everything Happens to Me”

February 7, 1944 – Bing Crosby records “Swinging on a Star” for Decca Records

February 7, 1968 – Arthur Miller’s “Price” premieres in NYC

February 7, 1970 – “Jingle Jangle” by Archies hits #10 on the pop singles chart

February 7, 1974 – Mel Brooks’ “Blazing Saddles” opens in movie theaters starring Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder

February 7, 1979 – Pink Floyd premiered their live version of “The Wall” in Los Angeles

February 7, 1985 – “New York, New York” became the official anthem of NYC

February 7, 1987 – Madonna’s “Open Your Heart” single goes #1

February 7, 1994 – 21st American Music Awards: Whitney Houston wins

February 7, 2001 – 51st Berlin International Film Festival: “Intimacy” wins the Golden Bear

February 7, 2008 – 58th Berlin International Film Festival: “Elite Squad” wins the Golden Bear

February 7, 2013 – 63rd Berlin International Film Festival: “Child’s Pose” wins the Golden Bear

February 8, 1735 – First opera in North American colonies “Flora” opens in Charleston, SC

February 8, 1749 – Jan van Huysum, Dutch still life painter, dies at 66

February 8, 1776 – Wolfgang von Goethe’s “Stella” premieres in Hamburg

February 8, 1862 – Opera “Lily of Killarney” premieres in London

February 8, 1895 – Tchaikovsky/Petipa’s “Swan Lake” premieres in St Petersburg

February 8, 1896 – Georges Feydeau’s “Le Dindon” premieres in Paris

February 8, 1915 – D. W. Griffith’s silent film “The Birth of a Nation” opens at Clune’s Auditorium in Los Angeles – first 12-reel film in America

February 8, 1925 – Kaufman & Berlin’s “cocoanuts” premieres in NYC

February 8, 1926 – Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio becomes Walt Disney Studios

February 8, 1930 – “Happy Days Are Here Again” by Benny Mereoff hits #1

February 8, 1935 – Max Liebermann, German impressionist painter/graphic artist, dies at 87

February 8, 1937 – Maxwell Anderson’s “Masque of Kings” premieres in NYC

February 8, 1940 – Lewis & Hamilton’s musical “Two for the Show” premieres in NYC

February 8, 1957 – SF Public Library’s bookmobile initiated in front of City Hall

February 8, 1965 – Supremes release “Stop In the Name of Love”

February 8, 1965 – 22nd Golden Globes: Becket, Peter O’Toole, & Anne Bancroft win

February 8, 1967 – Pirate Radio UKGM (England) closes down

February 8, 1968 – “Planet of the Apes” premieres in New York City

February 8, 1974 – “Good Times” (spinoff from “Maude”) premieres on CBS TV

February 8, 1976 – “Taxi Driver” directed by Martin Scorsese, starring Robert De Niro and Jodie Foster is released

February 8, 1992 – “I’m Too Sexy” by Right Said Fred peaks at #1

February 8, 2004 – 46th Grammy Awards: Clocks, Evanescence wins

February 8, 2009 – 51st Grammy Awards: Please Read The Letter, Adele wins

February 8, 2009 – 62nd British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): “Slumdog Millionaire” Best Film, Danny Boyle Best Director

February 8, 2015 – 57th Grammy Awards: Best Song “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith, Best Album “Morning Phase” by Beck

February 8, 2015 – 68th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): “Boyhood” Best Film, Richard Linklater Best Director

February 9, 1682 – Thomas Otway’s “Venice Preserved” premieres in London

February 9, 1893 – Giuseppe Verdi’s opera “Falstaff” premieres in Milan

February 9, 1918 – Sacha Guitry’s “Deburan” premieres in Paris

February 9, 1953 – “Adventures of Superman” TV series premieres in syndication

February 9, 1964 – 1st appearance of Beatles on “Ed Sullivan Show” (73.7 million viewers)

February 9, 1971 – Probably 1st gay theme TV episode – All in the Family

February 9, 1979 – 21st Grammy Awards: Just the Way You Are, Taste of Honey

February 9, 1979 – ABC airs “Heroes of Rock N Roll” special

February 9, 1985 – Madonna’s album “Like a Virgin” goes #1 for 3 weeks

February 9, 1997 – Fox cartoon series “Simpsons” airs 167th episode the longest-running animated series in cartoon history

February 9, 2000 – 50th Berlin International Film Festival: “Magnolia” wins the Golden Bear

February 9, 2006 – 56th Berlin International Film Festival: “Grbavica” wins the Golden Bear

February 9, 2012 – 62nd Berlin International Film Festival: “Caesar Must Die” wins the Golden Bear

February 10, 1794 – Joseph Haydn’s 99th Symphony in E premieres

February 10, 1860 – John Brahms’ 2nd Serenade in A, premieres

February 10, 1878 – Peter Tchaikovsky’s 4th Symphony in F premieres

February 10, 1881 – Jacques Offenbach’s opera “Les Contes d’Hoffman” premieres in Paris

February 10, 1882 – Rimski-Korsakov’s opera “Snyegurochka” premieres in St Petersburg

February 10, 1913 – Edward Sheldon’s “Romance” premieres in NYC

February 10, 1923 – Owen Davis’ “Icebound” premieres in NYC

February 10, 1933 – Delivery of 1st singing telegram (Postal Telegram Co NYC)

February 10, 1934 – Howard Hanson’s “Merry Mount” premieres in NYC

February 10, 1940 – Tom & Jerry created by Hanna & Barbera debut by MGM

February 10, 1940 – “In The Mood” by Glenn Miller hits #1

February 10, 1942 – Glenn Miller awarded 1st ever gold record for selling 1 million copies of “Chattanooga Choo Choo”

February 10, 1945 – “Rum & Coca Cola” by Andrews Sisters hits #1

February 10, 1949 – Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” opens at Morosco Theater, NYC

February 10, 1961 – Walter Piston’s 7th Symphony premieres

February 10, 1979 – “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?” by Rod Stewart peaks at #1

February 10, 1986 – “John Lennon: Live in NYC” album is released posthumously

February 10, 1989 – Miami Vice’s 100th episode seen on TV

February 10, 1989 – 39th Berlin International Film Festival: “Rain Main” wins the Golden Bear

February 10, 1993 – “Michael Jackson Talks To Oprah Winfrey” airs on ABC & drew an astounding 39.3 rating/56 share, 90 million people

February 10, 1994 – 44th Berlin International Film Festival: “In the Name of the Father” wins the Golden Bear

February 10, 1997 – 13th Soap Opera Digest Awards – General Hospital wins

February 10, 1999 – 49th Berlin International Film Festival: “The Thin Red Line” wins the Golden Bear

February 10, 2005 – 55th Berlin International Film Festival: “U-Carmen” wins the Golden Bear

February 10, 2008 – 50th Grammy Awards: Rehab, Amy Winehouse wins

February 10, 2008 – 61st British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): “Atonement” Best Film, Ethan and Joel Coen Best Director

February 10, 2011 – 61st Berlin International Film Festival: “A Separation” wins the Golden Bear

February 10, 2013 – 66th British Academy Awards:” Argo”, Ben Affleck, Daniel Day-Lewis and Emmanuelle Riva win

February 10, 2013 – 55th Grammy Awards: Somebody That I Used To Know (Goyte), We are Young (Fun), and Babel (Mumford & Sons) win

February 10, 2013 – 66th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): “Argo” Best Film, Ben Affleck Best Director

February 10, 2015 – Comedian Jon Stewart announces he will be leaving “The Daily Show” at the end of the year

February 11, 1840 – Gaetano Donizetti’s Opera “La Fille du Regiment” premieres in Paris

February 11, 1843 – Opera “I Lombardi” premieres in Milan

February 11, 1896 – Oscar Wilde’s “Salome” premieres in Paris

February 11, 1903 – Anton Bruckner’s 9th Symphony premieres in Vienna

February 11, 1916 – Baltimore Symphony Orchestra presents its 1st concert

February 11, 1922 – “April Showers” by Al Jolson hits #1

February 11, 1924 – George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody In Blue” premieres at Aeolian Hall, NYC

February 11, 1929 – Eugene O’Neill’s “Dynamo” premieres in NYC

February 11, 1942 – “Archie” comic book debuts

February 11, 1947 – French fashion designer Christian Dior presents his first influential collection, named the “New Look”

February 11, 1950 – “Rag Mop” by The Ames Brothers hits #1

February 11, 1953 – J Styne and Bob Hilliard’s musical “Hazel Flagg” opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 190 performances

February 11, 1954 – 6th Emmy Awards: I Love Lucy, Donald O’Connor & Eve Arden win

February 11, 1962 – Beatles record “Please, Please Me”

February 11, 1963 – Beatles tape 10 tracks for their 1st album

February 11, 1967 – Pirate Radio Free Harlem (NYC) begins transmitting

February 11, 1968 – Madison Square Garden III closes Madison Square Garden IV opens (NYC)

February 11, 1978 – China lifts a ban on Aristotle, Shakespeare, & Dickens

February 11, 1979 – Musical “They’re Playing Our Song” opens at Imperial NYC for 1082 performances

February 11, 1979 – 43 million watch “Elvis!” on ABC

February 11, 1983 – “Weird Al” Yankovic records “Ricky” & “Buckingham Blues” debut LP

February 11, 1993 – 43rd Berlin International Film Festival: “Woman Sesame Oil Maker” and “The Wedding Banquet” win the Golden Bear (tie)

February 11, 1998 – Lyrics to “Candle in the Wind 1997” auctioned for $442,500

February 11, 1998 – 48th Berlin International Film Festival: “Central Station” wins the Golden Bear

February 11, 2007 – 49th Grammy Awards: Not Ready To Make Nice, Carrie Underwood wins

February 11, 2007 – 60th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): “The Queen” Best Film, Paul Greengrass Best Director

February 11, 2010 – 60th Berlin International Film Festival: “Honey” wins the Golden Bear

February 12, 1797 – Haydn’s song “Gott erhalte Franz den Kaiser” premieres in Vienna

February 12, 1848 – Ballet “Faust” premieres in Milan

February 12, 1889 – Caesar Franck’s Symphony in D premieres

February 12, 1889 – Henrik Ibsen’s “Fruen fra Haven” premieres in Oslo

February 12, 1906 – George Cohan’s musical “George Washington” premieres in NYC

February 12, 1916 – 1st edition of Joseph Patterson/Sidney Smith’s strip “The Gumps”

February 12, 1924 – George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody In Blue” premieres at Aeolian Hall, NYC

February 12, 1924 – George Kaufman’s “Beggar on Horseback” premieres in NYC

February 12, 1947 – French fashion designer Christian Dior presents his first influential collection, named the “New Look”

February 12, 1955 – McGuire Sisters’ “Sincerely” single goes #1 & stays #1 for 10 weeks

February 12, 1967 – Pirate Radio Free Harlem (NYC) begins transmitting

February 12, 1968 – 25th Golden Globes: In the Heat of the Night, Rod Steiger, & Edith Evans win

February 12, 1970 – Anthony Shaffer’s “Sleuth” premieres in NYC

February 12, 1980 – “Canterbury Tales” opens at Rialto Theater NYC for 16 performances

February 12, 1982 – 32nd Berlin International Film Festival: “Veronika Voss” wins the Golden Bear

February 12, 1994 – “The Scream” by Norwegian painter Edvard Munch (1893 pastel version) is stolen in Oslo

February 12, 2005 – 58th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): “The Aviator” Best Film, Mike Leigh Best Director

February 12, 2009 – 40th NAACP Image Awards: “The Secret Life of Bees” wins Outstanding Motion Picture

February 12, 2012 – 54th Grammy Awards: Rolling In The Deep, Bon Iver wins

February 12, 2012 – 65th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): “The Artist” Best Film, Michel Hazanavicius Best Director

February 12, 2017 – 59th Grammy Awards: Adele wins Best Song “Hello” and Best Album “25”

February 13, 1867 – Johann Strauss’ “Blue Danube” waltz premieres in Vienna

February 13, 1886 – Painter Thomas Eakins resigns from Philadelphia Academy of Art after controversial over use of male nudes in a coed art class

February 13, 1895 – Moving picture projector patented

February 13, 1914 – American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers-ASCAP forms in NYC

February 13, 1929 – Vladimir Mayakofsky’s “Klop” premieres in Moscow

February 13, 1937 – “Prince Valiant” comic strip appears; known for historical detail

February 13, 1946 – “The Duchess Misbehaves” opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 5 performances

February 13, 1960 – “Beg, Borrow or Steal” opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 5 performances

February 13, 1961 – Frank Sinatra launches Reprise label under Warner Bros Records

February 13, 1969 – Mary Hopkin’s Postcard album on Apple is released

February 13, 1972 – The Musical “Grease” 1st opens on Broadway

February 13, 1973 – Musical “El Grande de Coca-Cola” premieres in NYC

February 13, 1974 – “Rainbow Jones” opens & closes at Music Box Theater NYC

February 13, 1981 – Longest sentence published by NY Times-1286 words

February 13, 1981 – 31st Berlin International Film Festival: “Hurry, Hurry!” wins the Golden Bear

February 13, 1983 – “Merlin” opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 199 performances

February 13, 1992 – “Most Happy Fella” opens at Booth Theater NYC for 229 performances

February 13, 1992 – 42nd Berlin International Film Festival: “Grand Canyon” wins the Golden Bear

February 13, 1996 – Rock musical “Rent” by Jonathan Larson opens off-Broadway

February 13, 1996 – Rapper Tupac Shakur releases his 4th studio album ‘All Eyez on Me’

February 13, 1997 – 47th Berlin International Film Festival: “The People vs. Larry Flynt” wins the Golden Bear

February 13, 2000 – The last original “Peanuts” comic strip appears in newspapers one day after Charles M. Schulz dies

February 13, 2005 – 47th Grammy Awards: Here We Go Again, Maroon 5 wins

February 13, 2011 – 53rd Grammy Awards: Need You Now, Esperanza Spalding wins

February 13, 2011 – 64th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): “The King’s Speech” Best Film, David Fincher Best Director

February 14, 1849 – In New York City, James Knox Polk becomes first serving US President to have his photograph taken (by Matthew Brady)

February 14, 1895 – Oscar Wilde’s “Importance of Being Earnest” opens in London

February 14, 1918 – H Atteridge & S Rombergs musical “Sinbad,” premieres in NYC

February 14, 1921 – Little Review in New York faces obscenity charges for publishing “Ulysses”

February 14, 1931 – The original “Dracula” starring Bela Lugosi is released

February 14, 1939 – Victor Fleming replaces George Cukor as director of film “Gone With the Wind”

February 14, 1941 – Carson McCuller’s “Reflections in a Golden Eye” published

February 14, 1963 – “81/2” a film directed by Federico Fellini premieres in Italy, starring Marcello Mastroianni

February 14, 1967 – Aretha Franklin records “Respect”

February 14, 1971 – Movie “Ben Hur” 1st shown on television

February 14, 1972 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono co-host “Mike Douglas Show” for entire week

February 14, 1972 – CBS “Late Movie” premieres

February 14, 1979 – “Whoopee!” opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 204 performances

February 14, 1980 – “West Side Story” opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 341 performances

February 14, 1982 – “Night of 100 Stars” takes place at NY’s Radio City Music Hall

February 14, 1986 – 36th Berlin International Film Festival: “Stammheim” wins the Golden Bear

February 14, 1991 – “The Silence of the Lambs”, based on the book by Thomas Harris, directed by Jonathan Demme and starring Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins, is released (Best Picture 1992)

February 14, 1999 – 30th NAACP Image Awards: “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” wins Outstanding Motion Picture

February 14, 2016 – 69th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): “The Revenant” Best Film, Alejandro González Iñárritu Best Director

February 15, 1686 – Jean Baptiste Lully’s opera “Armide” premieres in Paris

February 15, 1903 – 1st Teddy Bear introduced in America, made by Morris & Rose Michtom

February 15, 1913 – 1st avant-garde art show in America opens in NYC

February 15, 1917 – SF Public Library (Main Branch at Civic center) dedicated

February 15, 1927 – Silent film “It Girl” is released in the US starring Clara Bow

February 15, 1932 – George Burns & Gracie Allen debuted as regulars on “Guy Lombardo Show”

February 15, 1932 – John Van Druten’s “There’s Always Juliet” premieres in NYC

February 15, 1939 – Lillian Hellman’s “Little Foxes” premieres in NYC

February 15, 1941 – Duke Ellington first records “Take the A Train”

February 15, 1949 – Dmitri Shostakovitch’ “Song of the Woods” premieres in Leningrad

February 15, 1950 – Walt Disney’s “Cinderella” released

February 15, 1950 – WM Inge’s “Come Back, Little Sheba” premieres in NYC

February 15, 1963 – Ken Lynch records “Misery,” 1st Lennon-McCartney song by someone else

February 15, 1964 – Beatles’ “Meet the Beatles!” album goes #1 & stays #1 for 11 weeks

February 15, 1967 – 24th Golden Globes: A Man for All Seasons, Paul Scofield, & Anouk Aimee win

February 15, 1972 – Sound recordings are granted U.S. federal copyright protection for the first time

February 15, 1979 – 21st Grammy Awards: Just the Way You Are, Taste of Honey wins

February 15, 1985 – 35th Berlin International Film Festival: “The Woman and the Stranger” and “Wetherby” win the Golden Bear (tie)

February 15, 1991 – 41st Berlin International Film Festival: “The House of Smiles” wins the Golden Bear

February 15, 1996 – 46th Berlin International Film Festival: “Sense and Sensibility” wins the Golden Bear

February 15, 2004 – 57th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” Best Film, Peter Weir Best Director

February 15, 2016 – 58th Grammy Awards: Best Song “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran, Best Album “1989” by Taylor Swift

February 16, 1751 – 1st publication of Gray’s “Elegy Written in a Country Church Yard”

February 16, 1854 – Franz Liszt’s symphony “Orpheus” premieres

February 16, 1883 – “Ladies Home Journal” begins publishing

February 16, 1887 – 1st newspaper convention (Rochester NY)

February 16, 1892 – Opera “Werther” premieres in Vienna

February 16, 1927 – Noel Coward’s “Marquise” premieres in London

February 16, 1937 – Jean Anouilh’s “Le Voyageur Sans Baggage” premieres in Paris

February 16, 1948 – 1st newsreel telecast, “20th Century Fox-Movietone News”, shown on NBC

February 16, 1957 – The “Toddlers’ Truce”, a controversial television closedown between 6.00pm and 7.00pm, was abolished in the United Kingdom

February 16, 1959 – Leonard Spigelgass’ “Majority of One” premieres in NYC

February 16, 1962 – Darius Milhaud’s 12th Symphony premieres

February 16, 1963 – Beatles top British rock charts with “Please, Please Me”

February 16, 1964 – Beatles’ 2nd appearance on “Ed Sullivan Show”

February 16, 1965 – “Baker Street” opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 313 performances

February 16, 1968 – Elvis Presley receives gold record for “How Great Thou Art”

February 16, 1990 – Keith Haring died at age 31 in New York

February 16, 2014 – 67th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): “12 Years a Slave” Best Film, Alfonso Cuaron Best Director

February 17, 1776 – 1st volume of Gibbon’s “Decline & Fall of Roman Empire” published

February 17, 1859 – Giuseppe Verdi’s opera “Un Ballo in maschera” premieres in Napoli

February 17, 1904 – Giacomo Puccini’s opera “Madama Butterfly” premieres in Milan

February 17, 1913 – NY Armory Show introduces Picasso, Matisse, Duchamp to US public

February 17, 1921 – Arthur Honegger’s “Pastorale D’ete” premieres

February 17, 1932 – Irving Berlin’s musical “Face the Music” premieres in NYC

February 17, 1936 – S. N. Behrman’s play “End of Summer” premieres in NYC

February 17, 1936 – The world’s first superhero, The Phantom, a cartoon strip by Lee Falk, makes his first appearance in comics

February 17, 1938 – 1st public experimental demonstration of Baird color TV (London)

February 17, 1958 – Comic strip “BC” first appears

February 17, 1962 – Beach Boys introduced a new musical style with their hit “Surfin”

February 17, 1967 – Beatles release “Penny Lane” & “Strawberry Fields”

February 17, 1969 – Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash record an album; it was never released

February 17, 1984 – 34th Berlin International Film Festival: “Love Streams” wins the Golden Bear

February 17, 1995 – 11th Soap Opera Digest Awards – “Days of Our Lives” wins

February 17, 2002 – ‘Always On Time’ by R&B artist Ja Rule featuring Ashanti starts a two-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart

February 17, 2012 – 43rd NAACP Image Awards: “The Help” wins Outstanding Motion Picture

February 17, 2014 – The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon premieres on NBC

February 18, 1564 – The artist Michelangelo died at age 88 in Rome

February 18, 1678 – John Bunyan’s “Pilgrim’s Progress” is published in Holborn, London, by Nathaniel Ponder

February 18, 1735 – First opera performed in America, “Flora”, in Charleston, SC

February 18, 1879 – Sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi is awarded a patent for his design for the Statue of Liberty

February 18, 1885 – Mark Twain publishes the “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” in the US

February 18, 1902 –  Opera “Hunchback of Notre Dame” premieres in Monte Carlo

February 18, 1905 – Frank Wedekind’s “Hidada, oder Sein und Haben” premieres in Munich

February 18, 1906 – Vincent d’Indy’s “Jour D’été à La Montagne” premieres in Paris

February 18, 1913 – French painting “Nude Descending a Staircase” displayed in NYC

February 18, 1927 – First US radio broadcast of “Cities Service Concerts”

February 18, 1929 – The first Academy Awards are announced

February 18, 1930 – Luigi Pirandello’s “Come Tu Mi Vuoi” premieres in Milan

February 18, 1930 – Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart’s “Simple Simon” premieres in NYC

February 18, 1947 – Gian Carlo Menotti’s opera “Telephone” premieres in NYC

February 18, 1953 – Premiere of 1st 3-D feature film,”Bwana Devil” (NYC)

February 18, 1968 – David Gilmour joins rock group Pink Floyd

February 18, 1975 – 2nd American Music Awards: Olivia Newton-John & John Denver win

February 18, 1979 – Mini-series “Roots: Next Generations” premieres on ABC TV

February 18, 1980 – 30th Berlin International Film Festival: “Heartland” and “Palermo or Wolfsburg” win the Golden Bear (tie)

February 18, 1983 – 33rd Berlin International Film Festival: “Ascendancy” and “The Beehive” win the Golden Bear (tie)

February 18-19, 2011 – 4 valuable paintings including a work attributed to Bellini were stolen from the Ajaccio museum of fine arts (Palais Fesch)

February 19, 1704 – Ichikawa Danjūrō I, an early and influential kabuki actor, is stabbed and killed onstage by fellow actor Ikushima Hanroku

February 19, 1736 – George Frideric Handel’s “Alexander’s Feast” premieres

February 19, 1825 – Franz Grillparzer’s “Konig Ottokars Gluck” premieres in Vienna

February 19, 1878 – Thomas Edison patents the gramophone (phonograph)

February 19, 1910 – English premiere of Richard Strauss’ “Elektra”

February 19, 1914 – Riccardo Zandonai’s opera “Francesco da Rimini” premieres in Turin

February 19, 1922 – Ed Wynn becomes 1st talent to sign as a radio entertainer

February 19, 1923 – Jean Sibelius’ 6th Symphony premieres

February 19, 1923 – Philip Barry’s “You & I” premieres in NYC

February 19, 1932 – William Faulkner completes his novel “Light in August”

February 19, 1935 – Clifford Odets’ “Awake & Sing” premieres in NYC

February 19, 1947 – CBS radio premiere of Villa-Lobos’ “Bachianas Brasilieras No 3”

February 19, 1949 – 1st Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Ezra Pound

February 19, 1953 – William Inge’s “Picnic” premieres in NYC

February 19, 1960 – Bil Keane’s “Family Circus” cartoon strip debuts

February 19, 1963 – Robert Frost wins Bollingen Prize

February 19, 1974 – 1st American Music Awards: Helen Reddy & Jim Croce win

February 19, 1977 – 19th Grammy Awards: This Masquerade, Starland Vocal Band

February 19, 1985 – Mickey Mouse welcomed in China

February 19, 1989 – Edgar Bowers wins Bollingen Prize

February 19, 1992 – Ken Ludwig’s musical “Crazy For You” opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 1622 performances

February 19, 1995 – Kenneth Koch wins Bollingen Prize

February 19, 2006 – 59th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): “Brokeback Mountain” Best Film, Ang Lee Best Director

February 19, 2014 – BRIT Awards: David Bowie, Ellie Goulding and Arctic Monkeys win

February 20, 1724 – George Frederick Handel’s opera “Giulio Cesare in Egitto” premiered in London

February 20, 1816 – Rossini’s opera “Barber of Seville” premiered in Rome

February 20, 1872 – New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art opened

February 20, 1917 – Jerome Kern, Guy Bolton & P.G. Wodehouse’s musical “Oh, Boy!” premieres in New York

February 20, 1922 – Marc Connelly & George Kaufman’s “To the Ladies” premieres in NYC

February 20, 1933 – Sidney Howard’s “Alien Corn” premieres in NYC

February 20, 1934 – Virgil Thomson’s opera “4 Saints in 3 Acts” opens in NYC

February 20, 1940 – Larry Clinton & his Orchestra record “Limehouse Blues”

February 20, 1943 – American movie studio executives agree to allow the Office of War Information to censor movies

February 20, 1944 – Batman & Robin comic strip premiered in newspapers

February 20, 1950 – Dylan Thomas arrived in NYC for his 1st US poetry reading tour

February 20, 1952 – “African Queen” opens at Capitol Theater in NYC

February 20, 1960 – Jimi Hendrix played his first gig (and apparently was fired halfway through)

February 20, 1965 – Beatles record “That Means a Lot”

February 20, 1978 – 4th People’s Choice Awards: John Wayne & Barbra Streisand win (Motion Picture) and James Garner & Mary Tyler Moore win (TV)

February 20, 1979 – 29th Berlin International Film Festival: “David” wins the Golden Bear

February 20, 1991 – 33rd Grammy Awards: Another Day in Paradise, Mariah Carey

February 21, 1909 – John Galsworthy’s “Strife” premieres in London

February 21, 1910 – John Galsworthy’s “Justice” premieres in London

February 21, 1911 – Gustav Mahler conducts his last concerto (Berceuse élégique)

February 21, 1920 – Darius Milhaud & Jean Cocteau’s ballet, premieres in Paris

February 21, 1923 – Andre Charlot’s musical “Rats” premieres in London

February 21, 1925 – 1st issue of “New Yorker” magazine published

February 21, 1927 – Franz Lehr’s opera “Der Zarewitsch” premieres

February 21, 1930 – Marc Connelly’s “Green Pastures” premieres in NYC

February 21, 1947 – 1st broadcast of 1st US TV soap opera “A Woman to Remember”

February 21, 1947 – 1st instant developing camera demonstrated by Edwin Land in NYC

February 21, 1952 – 9th Golden Globes: A Place in the Sun, Fredric March, & Jane Wyman win

February 21, 1970 – Jackson 5 make TV debut on “American Bandstand”

February 21, 1972 – Michael Weller’s “Moonchildren” premieres in NYC

February 21, 1981 – Charles Rocket clearly says “f*ck” on “Saturday Night Live”

February 21, 1990 – 32nd Grammy Awards: Wind Beneath My Wings, Nick of Time wins

February 21, 1991 – Neil Simon’s “Lost in Yonkers” opens at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC for 780 performances

February 21, 2001 – 43rd Grammy Awards: Beautiful Day, Shelby Lynne wins

February 21, 2009 – 29th Golden Raspberry Awards: The Love Guru wins

February 21, 2010 – 63rd British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): “The Hurt Locker” Best Film, Kathryn Bigelow Best Director

February 21, 2015 –  35th Golden Raspberry Awards: “Saving Christmas” wins worst film

February 22, 1858 – Dion Boucicault’s “Jessie Brown” premieres in NYC

February 22, 1892 – “Lady Windermere’s Fan” by Oscar Wilde premieres at St James Theatre, London

February 22, 1907 – Leonid N Andreyev’s “Zhizn Cheloveka” premieres in St Petersburg

February 22, 1934 – “It Happened One Night” directed by Frank Capra and starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert opens at NY’s Radio City Music Hall (Outstanding Production 1935)

February 22, 1941 – Paul Creston’s 1st Symphony premieres

February 22, 1941 – Roy Harris’ “Ballad of a Railroad Man” premieres

February 22, 1951 – 4th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): “All About Eve” Best Film

February 22, 1958 – 15th Golden Globes: The Bridge on the River Kwai, Alec Guinness, & Joanne Woodward win

February 22, 1963 – Beatles begin their own music publishing company (Northern Songs)

February 22, 1964 – Beatles arrive back in England after their 1st US visit

February 22, 1968 – Rock group Genesis release their 1st record “Silent Sun”

February 22, 1978 – 28th Berlin International Film Festival: “Las truchas” and “What Max Said” win the Golden Bear (tie)

February 22, 1987  – Andy Warhol died at age 58 in New York

February 22, 1989 – 31st Grammy Awards: Don’t Worry Be Happy, Faith, Tracy Chapman

February 22, 1998 – “King & I” closes at Neil Simon Theater NYC after 781 performances

February 22, 2005 – 19th Soap Opera Digest Awards – General Hospital wins

February 22, 2009 – 81st Academy Awards: “Slumdog Millionaire”, Sean Penn & Kate Winslet win

February 22, 2009 – Heath Ledger posthumously wins Academy Award, Best Supporting Actor, for his performance as the Joker in “The Dark Knight”

February 22, 2014 – 45th NAACP Image Awards: “12 Years a Slave” wins Outstanding Motion Picture

February 22, 2015 – 87th Academy Awards: “Birdman” Best Film and Director (Alejandro González Iñárritu), Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore – Best Actor and Actress

February 23, 1792 – Joseph Haydn’s 94th Symphony in G premieres

February 23, 1886 – Tsjaikovski’s symphony “Manfred” premieres

February 23, 1910 – George Bernard Shaw’s “Misalliance” premieres in London

February 23, 1939 – 11th Academy Awards: “You Can’t Take It With You”, Spencer Tracy & Bette Davis wins

February 23, 1940 – Walt Disney’s animated movie “Pinocchio” released

February 23, 1950 – 7th Golden Globes: All the King’s Men, Broderick Crawford, & Olivia de Havilland win

February 23, 1956 – 13th Golden Globes: East of Eden, Ernest Borgnine, & Anna Magnani win

February 23, 1967 – John Herbert’s “Fortune & Men’s Eyes” premieres in NYC

February 23, 1978 – 20th Grammy Awards: Hotel California, Fleetwood Mac, Debbie Boone wins

February 23, 1983 – 25th Grammy Awards: Roxanna, Toto IV, Men at Work wins

February 23, 1996 – “Trainspotting” directed by Danny Boyle based on the book by Irvine Welsh, starring Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle and Jonny Lee Miller opens in cinemas in the UK and Ireland

February 23, 1997 – NBC TV shows “Schindler’s List” completely uncensored, 65M watch

February 23, 2000 – 42nd Grammy Awards: Smooth, Christina Aguilera wins

February 23, 2001 – 32nd NAACP Image Awards: “Remember the Titans” wins Outstanding Motion Picture

February 23, 2003 – 45th Grammy Awards: Don’t Know Why, Norah Jones wins

February 23, 2003 – 56th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): “The Pianist” Best Film, Roman Polanski Best Director

February 23, 2008 – 28th Golden Raspberry Awards: “I Know Who Killed Me” wins

February 24, 1607 – Claudio Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, the earliest opera that is still performed today, premieres in Mantua

February 24, 1711 – Handel’s opera “Rinaldo” premieres at Haymarket theatre in London

February 24, 1914 – Frank Craven’s “Too Many Cooks” premieres in NYC

February 24, 1927 – John Golden Theater (Theatre Masque) opens at 252 W 45th St NYC

February 24, 1939 – Roy Harris’ 3rd Symphony premieres in Boston

February 24, 1940 – Frances Langford records “When You Wish Upon a Star”

February 24, 1955 – “Silk Stockings” opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 461 performances

February 24, 1955 – 12th Golden Globes: On The Waterfront, Marlon Brando, & Judy Garland win

February 24, 1965 – Beatles begin filming “Help” in Bahamas

February 24, 1969 – 26th Golden Globes: The Lion in Winter, Peter O’Toole, & Joanne Woodward win

February 24, 1982 – 24th Grammy Awards: Betty Davis Eyes, Double Fantasy wins

February 24, 1987 – 29th Grammy Awards: Higher Love, Graceland, Bruce Hornsby wins

February 24, 1993 – 35th Grammy Awards: Tears in Heaven, Eric Clapton wins

February 24, 1999 – 41st Grammy Awards: My Heart Will Go On (Love Theme From Titanic), Lauryn Hill wins

February 24, 2002 – 55th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” Best Film, Peter Jackson Best Director

February 24, 2006 – Salvador Dali’s Two Balconies, Henri Matisse’s Luxembourg Garden, Pablo Picasso’s Dance, and Claude Monet’s Marine were stolen from the Museu Chacara do Céu, Rio de Janeiro

February 24, 2007 – 27th Golden Raspberry Awards: Basic Instinct 2 wins

February 24, 2008 – 80th Academy Awards: “No Country for Old Men”, Daniel Day-Lewis & Marion Cotillard win

February 24, 2013 – 85th Academy Awards: “Argo”, Daniel Day-Lewis & Jennifer Lawrence win

February 25, 1830 – Victor Hugo’s “Hernani” premieres in Paris

February 25, 1841 – Renoir was born in Limoges, France

February 25, 1892 – James Barrie’s “Walker London” premieres in London

February 25, 1901 – George Cohan’s musical “Governor’s Son” premieres in NYC

February 25, 1904 – J M Synge’s “Riders to the Sea” opens at Irish National Theater Society

February 25, 1907 – George Bernard Shaw’s “Philanderer” premieres in London

February 25, 1911 – Victor Herbert’s opera “Natoma” premieres in Philadelphia

February 25, 1953 – “Wonderful Town” opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 559 performances

February 25, 1957 – Buddy Holly & Crickets record “That’ll Be the Day”

February 25, 1960 – John Cage’s “Music for Amplified Toy Pianos” premieres

February 25, 1960 – Lillian Hellman’s “Toys in the Attic” premieres in NYC

February 25, 1963 – Beatles release their 1st single in US “Please Please Me”

February 25, 1969 – Beatles begin recording Abbey Road album

February 25, 1970 – Mark Rothko died at age 66 in New York

February 25, 1971 – “Oh! Calcutta!” opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 1,316 performances

February 25, 1971 – P Zindel’s “And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little” premieres in NYC

February 25, 1972 – Paul McCartney releases “Give Ireland back to the Irish” single

February 25, 1973 – Steven Sondheim’s musical “Little Night Music” premieres at Shubert Theatre in NYC (601 performances)

February 25, 1981 – 23rd Grammy Awards: Sailing, Christopher Cross, Billy Joel wins

February 25, 1982 – Final episode of “The Lawrence Welk Show” airs

February 25, 1988 – Bruce Springsteen’s “Tunnel of Love Tour” begins in Worcester, Massachusetts

February 25, 1992 – Muddy Waters wins Lifetime Achievement Award at the 34th Annual Grammy Awards

February 25, 1993 – “Fool Moon” opens at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC for 207 performances

February 25, 1998 – 40th Grammy Awards: “Sunny Came Home” best song, Paula Cole best new artist

February 25, 2001 – 54th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): “Gladiator” Best Film, Ang Lee Best Director

February 25, 2007 – 79th Academy Awards: “The Departed”, Forest Whitaker & Helen Mirren win

February 25, 2011 – French fashion house Christian Dior suspends its chief designer John Galliano after he is arrested for an anti-Semitic verbal attack in Paris

February 25, 2015 – BRIT Awards: Best Single “Uptown Funk”, Best Album “X” by Ed Sheeran

February 26, 1869 – Franz Schubert’s Symphony number 4, “The Tragic”, premieres

February 26, 1891 – Henrik Ibsen’s “Hedda Gabler” premieres in Oslo

February 26, 1916 – Mutual signs Charlie Chaplin to a film contract

February 26, 1917 – 1st jazz records recorded; “Dixie Jazz Band One Step” and “Livery Stable Blues” by Original Dixieland Jass Band for the Victor Talking Machine Company

February 26, 1930 – “Green Pastures” opens at Mansfield Theater

February 26, 1937 – Christopher Isherwood and W. H. Auden’s “Ascent of F6” premieres in London

February 26, 1947 – 4th Golden Globes: The Best Years of Our Lives, Gregory Peck, & Rosalind Russell win

February 26, 1950 – Leonard Bernstein’s “Age of Anxiety” premieres in NYC

February 26, 1953 – 10th Golden Globes: The Greatest Show on Earth, Gary Cooper, & Shirley Booth win

February 26, 1954 – 1st typesetting machine (photo engraving) used, Quincy Mass

February 26, 1956 – Writers and poets Sylvia Plath & Ted Hughes meet at a party in Cambridge

February 26, 1960 – Vera Miles stars in the famous “Mirror Image” episode of the classic CBS television series “The Twilight Zone”

February 26, 1962 – Arthur Kopit’s “Oh, Dad, Poor Dad . . .” premieres in NYC

February 26, 1970 – Beatles release “Beatles Again” aka “Hey Jude” album

February 26, 1973 – 8th Academy of Country Music Awards: Merle Haggard and Donna Fargo win

February 26, 1975 – “Night… Made America Famous” opens at Barrymore NYC for 75 performances

February 26, 1978 – Ira Levin’s “Deathtrap” premieres in NYC

February 26, 1983 – Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” album goes #1 & stays #1 for 37 weeks

February 26, 1984 – Robert Penn Warren, Pulitzer Prize winner, named 1st US poet laureate

February 26, 1985 – 27th Grammy Awards: Whats Love Got to Do With It, Cyndi Lauper wins

February 26, 1989 – “Jerome Robbins’ Broadway” opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 634 performances

February 26, 1993 – 9th Soap Opera Digest Awards – Days of Our Lives wins

February 26, 1997 – 39th Grammy Awards: Change the World Babyface, Beck & LeAnn Rimes wins

February 26, 1999 – 15th Soap Opera Digest Awards – General Hospital wins

February 26, 2005 – 25th Golden Raspberry Awards: Catwoman wins

February 26, 2010 – 41st NAACP Image Awards: “Precious” wins Outstanding Motion Picture

February 26, 2011 – 31st Golden Raspberry Awards: The Last Airbender wins

February 26, 2012 – 84th Academy Awards: “The Artist” wins five Oscars and becomes the first silent film to win since 1927, Jean Dujardin & Meryl Streep also win

February 26, 2017 – 89th Academy Awards: Best Picture “Moonlight” (after mix-up), Best Director Damien Chazelle, Best Actor Casey Affleck, Best Actress Emma Stone

February 26, 2017 – “La La Land” is incorrectly announced as the winner of the Academy Awards’ Best Picture before “Moonlight” is correctly identified as the winner

February 27, 1563 – William Byrd is appointed organist at Lincoln Cathedral

February 27, 1814 – Ludwig von Beethoven’s 8th Symphony in F premieres

February 27, 1877 – Tchaikovsky’s ballet Swan Lake premieres to poor reviews

February 27, 1919 – 1st public performance of Holst’s “Planets”

February 27, 1922 – G B Shaw’s “Back to Methusaleh I/II” premieres in NYC

February 27, 1933 – Jean Genet’s “Intermezzo” premieres in Paris

February 27, 1935 – 7th Academy Awards: “It Happened One Night”, Clark Gable & Claudette Colbert win

February 27, 1941 – 13th Academy Awards: “Rebecca”, James Stewart & Ginger Rogers win

February 27, 1946 – 4th “Road” film “Road to Utopia” premieres (NYC)

February 27, 1957 – Premiere of only prime-time network TV show beginning with an “X”: “Xavier Cugat Show” on NBC (until X-Files)

February 27, 1964 – “What Makes Sammy Run?” opens at 84th St Theater NYC for 540 performances

February 27, 1966 – Ice Dance Championship at Davos won by Diane Towler/Bernard Ford GRB

February 27, 1974 – “People” magazine begins sales

February 27, 1980 – 22nd Grammy Awards: What a Fool Believe, Streisand-Diamond duet

February 27, 1981 – Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder record “Ebony & Ivory”

February 27, 1991 – Ben Elton’s “Silly Cow” premieres in London

February 27, 1997 – “Last Night of Ballyhoo” opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC

February 27, 1998 – 12th Soul Train Music Awards: Puff Daddy, Whitney Houston win

February 27, 1998 – 14th Soap Opera Digest Awards – General Hospital wins

February 27, 2002 – 44th Grammy Awards: Walk On, Alicia Keys wins

February 27, 2005 – 77th Academy Awards: “Million Dollar Baby”, Jamie Foxx & Hilary Swank win

February 27, 2011 – 83rd Academy Awards: “The King’s Speech”, Colin Firth & Natalie Portman win

February 28, 1728 – George F Handel’s opera “Siroe, re di Persia” premieres in London

February 28, 1749 – 1st edition of Henry Fieldings’ “Tom Jones” published

February 28, 1819 – 1st public performance of a Franz Schubert’s song “Schäfers Klageleid”

February 28, 1828 – Franz Grillparzer’s “Ein Treuer Diener” premieres in Vienna

February 28, 1835 – Dr Elias Lönnrot publishes Finnish poem “Kalevala”

February 28, 1862 – Opera “La Reine de Saba” premieres in Paris

February 28, 1883 – 1st US vaudeville theater opens (Boston)

February 28, 1888 – Vincent d’Indy’s Wallenstein-trilogy, premieres

February 28, 1902 – Jules Massenets opera premieres in Monte Carlo

February 28, 1904 – Vincent d’Indy’s 2nd Symphony in B, premieres

February 28, 1920 – Maurice Ravel’s “Le tombeau de Couperin” premieres

February 28, 1925 – “Tea For Two” by Marion Harris hits #1

February 28, 1925 – Theater Museum of Amsterdam forms

February 28, 1939 – The erroneous word “Dord” is discovered in the Webster’s New International Dictionary, Second Edition, prompting an investigation

February 28, 1940 – Richard Wright’s “Native Son” published

February 28, 1943 – “Porgy & Bess” opens on Broadway with Anne Brown & Todd Duncan

February 28, 1951 – 8th Golden Globes: Sunset Boulevard, Jose Ferrer, & Gloria Swanson win

February 28, 1957 – 14th Golden Globes: The King and I, Kirk Douglas, & Ingrid Bergman win

February 28, 1959 – Ice Dance Championship at Colo Springs USA won by Denny & Jones of GRB

February 28, 1966 – 23rd Golden Globes: Doctor Zhivago, Omar Sharif, & Samantha Eggar win

February 28, 1969 – Ice Dance Championship at Colorado Spr won by Towler & Ford of GBR

February 28, 1976 – 18th Grammy Awards: Love Will Keep Us Together, Natalie Cole wins

February 28, 1979 – Ernest Thompson’s “On Golden Pond” premieres in NYC

February 28, 1980 – “The Well-Tuned Piano” by La Monte Young premieres (takes 4 h 12 m)

February 28, 1983 – Final TV episode of “M*A*S*H” airs (CBS); record 125 million watch in the US

February 28, 1984 – 26th Grammy Awards: Michael Jackson wins 8 Grammys

February 28, 1991 – “Les Miserables” opens at Theatre Carre, Amsterdam

February 28, 1991 – “Speed of Darkness” opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 36 performances

February 28, 1993 – 7th American Comedy Award: Jerry Seinfeld

February 28, 1996 – 38th Grammy Awards: Jagged Little Pill, Alanis Morisette wins

February 28, 2001 – 15th Soul Train Music Awards: The Isley Brothers, Destiny’s Child & Jay-Z win

February 28, 2004 – 24th Golden Raspberry Awards: Gigli wins

February 28, 2005 – 19th Soul Train Music Awards: Ice Cube, Usher & Ciara win

February 28, 2016 – 36th Razzies Awards: “Fifty Shades of Grey” wins worst film, worst actor and actress

February 28, 2016 – 88th Academy Awards: Best Picture “Spotlight”, Best Director Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Best Actor/Actress Leonardo DiCaprio, Brie Larson

February 29, 1836 – Giacomo Meyerbeers opera “Les Huguenots,” premieres in Paris

February 29, 1940 – Hattie McDaniel becomes 1st black woman to win an Oscar

February 29, 1940 – 12th Academy Awards: “Gone with the Wind” wins eight Oscars, Robert Donat & Vivien Leigh also win

February 29, 1952 – Ice Dance Championship at Paris France won by Westwood & Demmy GRB

February 29, 1968 – Beatles’ “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” wins a Grammy

February 29, 1968 – Howard Hanson’s 6th Symphony, premieres

February 29, 1976 – ABC-TV broadcast premiere of 1965’s hit “The Sound of Music”

February 29, 2004 – 76th Academy Awards: “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,” Sean Penn & Charlize Theron win

 


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