January

 

January 1, 1672 – Jean Racine’s “Bajazet,” premieres in Paris

January 1, 1764 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart played for the Royal Family at Versailles in France

January 1, 1818 – Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus” is published anonymously by the small London publishing house of Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor, & Jones

January 1, 1842 – 1st illustrated weekly magazine in US publishes 1st issue, NYC

January 1, 1863 – Franz Schubert’s “Missa Solemnis,” premieres in Leipzig

January 1, 1879 – John Brahms’ Violin Concerto in D major premieres in Leipzig

January 1, 1898 – d’Annunzio’s “Sogno d’un mattino di primavera” premieres in Rome

January 1, 1944 – 1st feature-length foreign movie, African Journey, shown on TV, NYC

January 1, 1953 – The first TV detector van, used to track down users of unlicensed television sets, begins operation in the UK

January 1, 1957 – Benjamin Britten’s ballet “Prince & the Pauper” premieres in London

January 1, 1960 – Johnny Cash plays first of many free concerts behind bars

January 1, 1962 – Beatles’ Decca audition is unsuccessful

January 1, 1966 – Simon & Garfunkel’s “Sounds of Silence” reaches #1

January 1, 1968 – Netherlands gets color TV

January 1, 1972 – International Book Year begins

January 1, 1976 – NBC replaces the peacock logo

January 1, 1985 – VH-1 made its broadcasting debut

January 1, 1989 – Year of the Young Reader begins

January 1, 1995 – Last “Far Side” by cartoonist Gary Larson (started 1980)

January 2, 1678 – Staatsoper Hamburg opens with Theiles “Adam und Eva”

January 2, 1814 – Lord Byron completes “The Corsair”

January 2, 1818 – Lord Byron completes “Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage” (4th canto)

January 2, 1839 – 1st photo of the Moon by French photographer Louis Daguerre

January 2, 1843 – Wagner’s opera “Der Fliegende Holländer” premieres, Dresden

January 2, 1900 – E Verlinger begins manufacturing 7″ single-sided records (Montreal)

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

January 2, 1921 – DeYoung Museum in Golden Gate Park opens

January 2, 1938 – Book publisher Simon and Schuster founded

January 2, 1970 – Dutch premiere of musical “Hair” in Amsterdam

January 3, 1638 – Schouwburg Theater, the 1st in Amsterdam, opens

January 3, 1780 – Danish national anthem “Kong Kristian…” first sung

January 3, 1900 – Gerhart Hauptmann’s “Schluck und Jau,” premieres in Berlin

January 3, 1914 – Kelman/Cushing/Heath’ musical “Sari” premieres in NYC

January 3, 1920 – Arthur Honegger’s “Chant de Nigamon” premieres

January 3, 1941 – Sergei Rachmaninov’s “Symphonic Dances” premieres in Philadelphia

January 3, 1945 – John Patrick’s “Hasty Heart” premieres in NYC

January 3, 1949 – “Colgate Theater” dramatic anthology series premieres on NBC TV

January 3, 1952 – “Dragnet” with Jack Webb premieres on NBC TV

January 3, 1964 – Jack Paar Show shows a clip of the Beatles singing “She Loves You”

January 3, 1967 – “Tonight Show” is shortened from 105 to 90 minutes

January 3, 1969 – John Lennon’s “2 Virgins” album declared pornographic in NJ

January 3, 1974 – Miguel Pinero’s “Short Eyes” premieres in NYC

January 3, 1987 – Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducts 1st female artist, Aretha Franklin

January 3, 2004 – After hosting the show for over 30 years, Casey Kasem gives up the hosting duties of “American Top 40” to Ryan Seacrest

January 4, 1843 – Gaetano Donizetti’s opera “Don Pasquale” premieres in Paris

January 4, 1868 – Wilkie Collins’ “The Moonstone” is first serialized in “All the Year Round” owned by Charles Dickins

January 4, 1881 – Johannes Brahms’ “Academic Festival Overture” premieres in Breslau

January 4, 1907 – George Bernard Shaw’s “Don Juan in Hell” premieres in London

January 4, 1920 – Amsterdam actors decide to strike for retirement benefits

January 4, 1921 – Eugene O’Neill’s “Diff’rent” premieres in NYC

January 4, 1923 – 1st broadcast of “Barn Dance Show” (WBAP – Fort Worth Texas)

January 4, 1934 – 1st Dutch talkie movie, Jan Teunissen’s “Willem of Orange” premieres

January 4, 1935 – Bob Hope 1st heard on network radio as part of “The Intimate Revue”

January 4, 1936 – Billboard magazine publishes its 1st music hit parade

January 4, 1954 – Elvis Presley records a 10 minute demo in Nashville

January 4, 1954 – Soap Opera “The Brighter Day” premieres

January 4, 1957 – “Blondie” situation comedy premieres on NBC TV (later on CBS)

January 4, 1968 – Leo Fender sells Fender Guitars for $13 million to CBS

January 4, 1970 – Beatles last recording session at EMI studios

January 5, 1463 – French poet Francois Villon banished from Paris

January 5, 1649 – Francesco Cavalli’s opera “Giasone” premieres in Venice

January 5, 1892 – first successful auroral photograph made

January 5, 1895 – Henry James’ play “Guy Domville” opens in London

January 5, 1896 – Isaac Albeniz’ opera “Pepita Jiminez” premieres in Barcelona

January 5, 1899 – Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure-Charles Augustus Milverton

January 5, 1925 – James Gleason & Richard Tabers “Is zat so?” premieres in NYC

January 5, 1927 – Fox Studios exhibits Movietone

January 5, 1933 – “Cavalcade” based on the play by Noel Coward, directed by Frank Lloyd and starring Diana Wynyard and Clive Brook premieres in New York (Best Production/Picture 1934)

January 5, 1940 – FCC hears 1st transmission of FM radio with clear, static-free signal

January 5, 1945 – Pepe LePew debuts in Warner Bros cartoon “Odor-able Kitty”

January 5, 1946 – “Show Boat” opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 417 performances

January 5, 1950 – Carson McCuller’s “Member of the Wedding” premieres in NYC

January 5, 1953 – Samuel Beckett’s “En Attendant Godot” premieres in Paris

January 5, 1959 – “Bozo the Clown” live children’s show premieres on TV

January 5, 1959 – Buddy Holly releases his last record “It Doesn’t Matter”; he was killed in a plane crash 29 days later

January 5, 1962 – Tony Sheridan & Beatles produce “My Bonnie” & “The Saints”

January 5, 1969 – Bollingen prize for poetry presented to John Berryman & Karl Shapiro

January 5, 1970 – Soap Opera “All My Children” premieres on ABC

January 5, 1975 – Charlie Smalls’ “Wiz” opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 1672 performances

January 5, 1976 – “MacNeil-Lehrer Report” premieres on PBS

January 6, 1605 – The first edition of El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha (Book One of Don Quixote) by Miguel de Cervantes is published in Madrid

January 6, 1900 – Maurice Ravel’s “Albaradode Gracioso” premieres in Paris

January 6, 1906 – Maurice Ravel’s “Miroirs” premieres in Paris

January 6, 1924 – Poulenc/Nijinska’s ballet “Les Biches” premieres in Monte Carlo

January 6, 1939 – Daily newspaper comic strip “Superman” debuts

January 6, 1957 – Elvis Presley makes his 7th & final appearance on Ed Sullivan Show

January 6, 1958 – Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to E. E. Cummings

January 6, 1958 – Gibson patents Flying V Guitar

January 6, 1964 – Rolling Stones’ 1st tour as headline act (with Ronettes)

January 6, 1968 – Beatles’ “Magical Mystery Tour” album goes #1 & stays #1 for 8 weeks

January 6, 1971 – Neil Young returns to his homeland of Canada for his first concert there since his pre-stardom days

January 6, 1973 – “Schoolhouse Rock” premieres on ABC-TV with Multiplication Rock

January 6, 1974 – “CBS Mystery Theater” premieres on radio

January 6, 1975 – 1,000 Led Zeppelin fans, waiting overnight inside the lobby of the Boston Garden for tickets to the group’s February 4th gig to go on sale, cause a riot and an esimated $30,000 damage

January 6, 1977 – EMI records drop punk rock group Sex Pistols

January 6, 1979 – The Village People’s Y.M.C.A becomes their only UK No.1 single. At it’s peak it sold over 150,000 copies a day

January 6, 2016 – “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” breaks North American box office record, passing the $760.5m taken by “Avatar”

January 7, 1714 – Typewriter patented by Englishman Henry Mill (built years later)

January 7, 1888 – Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure “Valley of Fear”

January 7, 1890 – W B Purvis patents fountain pen

January 7, 1893 – Hermann Sudermanns “Heimat” premieres in Berlin

January 7, 1903 – Start of Sherlock Holmes “Adventure of Blanched Soldier”

January 7, 1903 – Vincent d’Indy’s opera “L’etranger” premieres in Brussells

January 7, 1907 – Clyde Fitch’ “Truth” premieres in NYC

January 7, 1927  – The Scottish Arts and Crafts architect Fred Rowntree dies in London at the age of 66

January 7, 1929 – “Buck Rogers”, 1st sci-fi comic strip, premieres

January 7, 1929 – “Tarzan”, one of the 1st adventure comic strips, 1st appears

January 7, 1930 – Edwin Justus Mayer’s “Children of Darkness” premieres in NYC

January 7, 1934 – “Flash Gordon” comic strip (by Alex Raymond) debuts

January 7, 1935 – Zoe Akins’ “Old Maid” premieres in NYC

January 7, 1950 – Hank Snow’s 1st appearance on “Grand Ole Opry”

January 7, 1962 – Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to John Hall Wheelock

January 7, 1966 – Dance Theatre of Harlem debuts

January 7, 1970 – Farmers sue Max Yasgur for $35,000 in damages caused by “Woodstock”

January 7, 1973 – US poet James Merrill wins Bollingen Prize

January 7, 1975 – Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to AR Ammons (Sphere)

January 7, 1975 – Gary Geld & Peter Udell’s musical “Shenandoah” premieres in NYC for 1050 performances

January 7, 1975 – Led Zeppelin fans riot before Boston concert causing $30,000 damage

January 7, 1982 – “Fame” premieres on NBC TV

January 7, 1985 – “King & I” opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 191 performances

January 8, 1705 – George Frideric Handel’s 1st opera “Almira” premieres in Hamburg

January 8, 1734 – Premiere of George Frideric Handel’s Ariodante at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

January 8, 1833 – Boston Academy of Music, 1st US music school, established

January 8, 1857 – Dion Boucicauly’s “Poor of NY” premieres in NYC

January 8, 1923 – Typography strike in Amsterdam

January 8, 1934 – Jaap Speyers “Bluejackets” premieres in Amsterdam

January 8, 1954 – Elvis Presley pays $4 to a Memphis studio & records his 1st two songs, “Casual Love” & “I’ll Never Stand in Your Way”

January 8, 1956 – Elvis Presley’s “Don’t Be Cruel/Hound Dog” single goes #1 & stays #1 for a record 11 weeks

January 8, 1961 – Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Yvor Winters

January 8, 1963 – “Mona Lisa”, on loan, unveiled in America’s National Gallery of Art

January 8, 1966 – Beatles’ “Rubber Soul” album goes #1 & stays #1 for 6 weeks

January 8, 1966 – Beatles’ “We Can Work It Out” single goes #1 & stays #1 for 3 weeks

January 8, 1966 – Who & the Kinks perform on the last “Shindig” TV show on ABC

January 9, 1854 – Astor Library opens in NYC

January 9, 1894 – “Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze” released in movie theaters

January 9, 1894 – Georges Feydeau’s “Un à la Patte” premieres in Paris

January 9, 1927 – Dmitri Shostakovitch’ Octet opus 11, premieres in Moscow

January 9, 1928 – Eugene O’Neill’s “Marco Millions” premieres in NYC

January 9, 1929 – Buddy DeSylva & Lew Brown’s musical “Follow Thru” premieres in NYC

January 9, 1936 – Noel Coward’s “Astonished Heart” premieres in London

January 9, 1937 – Maxwell Anderson’s “High Tor” premieres in NYC

January 9, 1940 – J Thurber & E Nugent’s “Male Animal” premieres in NYC

January 9, 1946 – “Would-Be Gentleman” opens at Booth Theater NYC for 77 performances

January 9, 1948 – Walter Piston’s 3rd Symphony in E, premieres in Boston

January 9, 1951 – “Life After Tomorrow”, 1st film to receive an “X” rating, premieres

January 9, 1954 – Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Louise Bogan & Leonie Adams

January 9, 1965 – Beatles’ 65 album goes #1 & stays #1 for 9 weeks

January 9, 1969 – Beatles release “Yellow Submarine” single and its album “Revolver” in the US

January 9, 1979 – Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to WS Merwin

January 9, 1984 – John Lennon single “Nobody Told Me” released posthumously

January 9, 1984 – Rock band Van Halen release their most successful album “1984”

January 9, 2012 – 3 paintings including a Picasso and a Mondrian were stolen from the National Art Gallery in Athens, Greece

January 10, 1799 – Friedrich von Schiller’s “Die Piccolomini,” premieres in Weimar

January 10, 1833 – Felix Mendelssohn’s “Die erste Walpurgisnacht,” premieres in Berlin

January 10, 1845 – Poets Elizabeth Barrett & Robert Browning begin corresponding

January 10, 1853 – Charles Reade’s “Gold,” premieres in London

January 10, 1890 – Edward Macdowell’s “Lancelot & Elaine,” premieres

January 10, 1893 – Richard Drigo’s ballet “Magic Flute” premieres, St Petersburg

January 10, 1897 – Henrik Ibsen’s “John Gabriel Borkman,” premieres in Helsingfors

January 10, 1897 – Vincent d’Indy’s “Istar” premieres in Amsterdam & Brussels

January 10, 1902 – Alphons Diepenbrock’s “Te Deum” premieres in Amsterdam

January 10, 1928 – G/I Gershwin/Romberg/Wodehouse’s musical “Rosalie” premieres in NYC

January 10, 1929 – Elmer Rice’s “Street Scene,” premieres in NYC

January 10, 1932 – “Mickey Mouse” & “Silly Symphony” comics syndicated

January 10, 1932 – “Pete the Tramp” cartoon strip by C D Russell debuts

January 10, 1938 – Eduard van Beinum becomes world’s 1st conductor at Concert Hall

January 10, 1938 – Jean Anouilh’s “La Sauvage,” premieres in Paris

January 10, 1938 – Paul Vincent Carroll’s “White Seed” premieres in NYC

January 10, 1941 – Joseph Kesselring’s “Arsenic & Old Lace” premieres in NYC

January 10, 1949 – RCA introduces 45 RPM record

January 10, 1952 – Jean Anouilh’s “La valse des toréadors,” premieres in Paris

January 10, 1952 – The Greatest Show on Earth”, directed and produced by Cecil B. DeMille, starring James Stewart and Carlton Heston, premieres in New York (Best Picture 1953)

January 10, 1953 – Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Archibald MacLeish

January 10, 1954 – Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to W H Auden

January 10, 1956 – Elvis records “Heartbreak Hotel”

January 10, 1958 – Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Great Balls of Fire” reaches #1 on the UK pop charts

January 10, 1960 – Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Delmore Schwartz

January 10, 1965 – Bollingen prize for poetry awarded to Horace Gregory

January 10, 1997 – 4,000th episode of “Entertainment Tonight”

January 10, 1999 – Fatboy Slim (Norman Cook) achieves his third UK No.1 single with ‘Praise You’

January 10, 1999 – 25th People’s Choice Awards: Tom Hanks & Sandra Bullock win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Tim Allen & Helen Hunt win (TV)

January 11, 1709 – Colley Cibber’s play “Rival Fools” premieres in London

January 11, 1885 – Henrik Ibsen’s “Vildauden,” premieres in Oslo

January 11, 1917 – Guy Bolton & PG Wodehouse’s “Have a Heart” premieres in NYC

January 11, 1927 – Royale Theater (Golden, CBS Radio Playhouse) opens at 242 W 45th NYC

January 11, 1952 – Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Marianne Moore

January 11, 1959 – Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Theodore Roethke

January 11, 1963 – First discotheque opens, Whiskey-a-go-go in LA

January 11, 1963 – Beatles release “Please Please Me” & “Ask Me Why”

January 11, 1964 – Beatles “I Want to Hold Your Hand” is #80 in US

January 11, 1980 – Debut of first Pretenders album “Pretenders”

January 11, 2007 – Author J. K. Rowling finishes the 7th and last Harry Potter novel in room 552 of the Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh

January 12, 1723 – George Frideric Handel’s opera “Ottone” premieres at the King’s Theatre London

January 12, 1867 – Leo Tolstoy’s “Smert Ioonna Groznogo” premieres in St Petersburg

January 12, 1925 – John Howard Lawson’s “Processional” premieres in NYC

January 12, 1932 – Philip Barry’s “Animal Kingdom” premieres in NYC

January 12, 1946 – Edouardo de Filippo’s “Questi Fantasmi!” premieres in Rome

January 12, 1961 – “Show Girl” opens at Eugene O’Neill Theater NYC for 100 performances

January 12, 1966 – “Batman”, starring Adam West as Batman, Burt Ward as Robin, and Cesar Romero as The Joker, debuts on ABC

January 12, 1968 – Beatles Film Production Ltd changes name to Apple Film Production Ltd

January 12, 1971 – “All in the Family” premieres on CBS featuring 1st toilet flush on TV

January 12, 1974 – “Joker” by Steve Miller Band peaks at #1

January 12, 1981 – Soap opera “Dynasty” produced by Aaron Spelling and starring John Forsythe, Linda Evans and Joan Collins premieres on ABC-TV

January 13, 1605 – The controversial play Eastward Hoe by Ben Jonson, George Chapman, and John Marston is performed, landing two of the authors in prison

January 13, 1673 – Jean Racine’s “Mithridate” premieres in Paris

January 13, 1770 – De Beaumarchais’ “Les Deux Amis” premieres in Paris

January 13, 1782 – Friedrich Schiller’s play The Robbers, an important work in the German Sturm and Drang movement, premieres in Mannheim and is an overnight sensation

January 13, 1882 – Richard Wagner completes his opera “Parsifal”

January 13, 1883 – Henrik Ibsen’s “En Folkefiende” premieres in Oslo

January 13, 1895 – Oscar Wilde’s “Ideal Husband” premieres in London

January 13, 1906 – 1st radio set advertised (Telimco for $7.50 in Scientific American) claimed to receive signals up to one mile

January 13, 1910 – JM Synge’s “Deirdre of the Sorrows” premieres in Dublin

January 13, 1911 – Gerhart Hauptmann’s “Die Ratten” premieres in Berlin

January 13, 1930 –  “Mickey Mouse” comic strip first appears

January 13, 1945 – Prokofchev’s 5th Symphony premieres in Moscow

January 13, 1949 – “Along 5th Avenue” opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 180 performances

January 13, 1957 – Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Allen Tate

January 13, 1957 – “All that Fall”, first radio play by Samuel Beckett, aired on BBC Third Programme

January 13, 1976 – Sarah Caldwell is first woman to conduct at NYC Metropolitan Opera House as she led orchestra in a performance of “La Traviata”

January 13, 1981 – Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to May Swenson & Howard Nemerov

January 14, 1785 – Mozart completes “Dissonantenkwartet” (opus 10)

January 14, 1900 – Giacomo Puccini’s opera “Tosca” premieres in Rome

January 14, 1905 – Hubbell, Shubert & Smith’s musical “Fontana” premieres in NYC

January 14, 1925 – Alban Berg’s atonale opera “Wozzeck” premieres in Berlin

January 14, 1953 – Vaughan William’s “Sinfonia Antartica” premieres in Manchester

January 14, 1954 – Sandy Wilson’s musical “Boyfriend” premieres in London

January 14, 1956 – Little Richard releases “Tutti Frutti”

January 14, 1963 – “The Bell Jar” by Sylvia Path is published by Heinemann in the UK, the author commits suicide a month later

January 14, 1966 – David Bowie releases his 1st single “Can’t Help Thinking About Me”

January 14, 1967 – Sonny & Cher release “Beat Goes On”

January 14, 1973 – “Aloha from Hawaii”, an Elvis Presley concert, becomes the most watched broadcast by an individual entertainer

January 14, 1976 – “The Bionic Woman” with Lindsay Wagner debuts on ABC (later NBC)

January 14, 1977 – “Fantasy Island” starring Ricardo Montalban premieres on ABC TV

January 14, 1978 – Sex Pistols’ final concert held in Winterland, San Francisco

January 14, 1984 – Madonna first sings “Holiday” on American Bandstand

January 14, 1990 – “Simpsons” premiered on Fox-TV

January 15, 1785 – Mozart’s string quartet opus 10 premieres

January 15, 1866 – Bedrich Smetana’s opera “Branibori v Cechach” premieres in Prague

January 15, 1895 – Tchaikovsky’s ballet “Swan Lake” premieres, St Petersburg

January 15, 1896 – Henry Arthur Jones’ “Michael & his Lost Angel” premieres in London

January 15, 1915 – Sydney, Kern & Smith’s musical “Love o’ Mike” premieres in NYC

January 15, 1919 – W Collison & O Harbach’s “Up in Mabel’s Room” premieres in NYC

January 15, 1935 – Clifford Odets’ “Waiting for Lefty” premieres in NYC

January 15, 1945 – “Make Mine Manhattan” opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 429 performances

January 15, 1965 – Rock group Who releases first album “I Can’t Explain”

January 15, 1974 – “Happy Days” begins an 11 year run on ABC

January 15, 1977 – Coneheads debut on “Saturday Night Live”

January 15, 1981 – “Hill Street Blues” premieres on NBC-TV

January 15, 1982 – “Forbidden Broadway” by/with Gerard Alessandrini premieres in NYC

January 15, 1985 – Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to John Ashbery & Fred Chapell

January 15, 2012 – 69th Golden Globes: “The Descendants,” George Clooney & Meryl Streep win

January 15, 2015 – 20th Critics’ Choice Movie Awards: Boyhood wins Best Film

January 16, 1492 – The first grammar of a modern language, Spanish, is presented to Queen Isabella

January 16, 1605 – The first edition of Book One of “Don Quixote” is published in Spain

January 16, 1877 – Color organ (for light shows) patented, by Bainbridge Bishop

January 16, 1938 – 1st jazz concert held at Carnegie Hall (Benny Goodman)

January 16, 1939 – Joe Shuster published his first self-titled Superman comic strip

January 16, 1958 – William Gibson’s “Two for the Seesaw” premieres in NYC

January 16, 1963 – Tennessee Williams’ “Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore” premieres

January 16, 1964 – “Hello, Dolly!” opens at St James Theater NYC for 2,844 performances

January 16, 1965 – “Outer Limits” last airs on ABC-TV

January 16, 1974 – “Jaws” by Peter Benchley is published by Doubleday

January 16, 1976 – “Donny & Marie” [Osmond] musical variety show premieres on ABC TV

January 16, 1976 – Peter Frampton released platinum live album “Frampton Comes Alive”

January 16, 1993 – 25th NAACP Image Awards: “Boyz n the Hood” wins Outstanding Motion Picture

January 17, 1775 – R B Sheridan’s “The Rivals” premieres in London

January 17, 1904 – Chekhov’s “Cherry Orchard” opens at Moscow Art Theater

January 17, 1911 – Percy Mackaye’s “Scarecrow” premieres in NYC

January 17, 1914 – Gerhart Hauptmann’s “Der Bogen des Odysseus” premieres in Berlin

January 17, 1928 – First fully automatic photographic film developing machine patented

January 17, 1929 – Popeye makes first appearance, in comic strip “Thimble Theater”

January 17, 1950 – “Alive & Kicking” opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 46 performances

January 17, 1962 – Roy Harris’ 8th Symphony, premieres in SF

January 17, 1969 – Debut album of Led Zeppelin released in US

January 17, 1983 – 10th American Music Awards: John Cougar & Rick Springfield, Olivia Newton-John

January 17, 1986 – 2nd Sundance Film Festival: “Smooth Talk” wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

January 17, 1990 – 5th Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Awards: Bobby Darin

January 18, 1869 – Elegant California Theater opens in SF

January 18, 1900 – Jan Blockx’s “Tÿl Uilenspiegel” premieres in Brussels

January 18, 1908 – Frederick Delius’ “Brigg Fair” premieres

January 18, 1921 – William Archer’s “Green Goddess” premieres in NYC

January 18, 1930 – Shostakovitch’ opera “The Nose” premieres in Leningrad

January 18, 1934 – Eugene O’Neill’s “Days Without End” premieres in NYC

January 18, 1944 – The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City hosts a jazz concert for the first time. The performers were Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Artie Shaw, Roy Eldridge and Jack Teagarden

January 18, 1948 – Ted Mack’s “Original Amateur Hour” begins, DuMont (later NBC/ABC/CBS)

January 18, 1950 – Christopher Fry’s “Venus Observed” premieres in London

January 18, 1964 – Beatles 1st appear on Billboard Chart (I Want to Hold Your Hand-#35)

January 18, 1968 – “Happy Time” opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 286 performances

January 18, 1968 – Hester & Appolinar’s musical “Your Own Thing” premieres in NYC

January 18, 1973 – John Cleese’s final episode on “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” on BBC TV

January 18, 1974 – “$6 Million Man” starring Lee Majors premieres on ABC TV

January 18, 1975 – “Jeffersons” spinoff from “All in the Family” premieres on CBS

January 18, 1980 – Pink Floyd’s “Wall” hits #1

January 18, 1986 – AIDS charity record “That’s What Friends are For” hits #1

January 18, 1998 – 55th Golden Globes: Titanic, Peter Fonda, & Judi Dench win

January 18, 2014 – 20th Screen Actors Guild Awards: Mathew McConaughey and Cate Blanchett win

January 19, 1829 – Johann von Goethe’s “Faust, Part 1” premieres

January 19, 1839 – Paul Cézanne was born in Aix-en-Provence, France

January 19, 1853 – Verdi’s opera “Il Trovatore” premieres in Rome

January 19, 1884 – Jules Massenet’s opera “Manon” premieres in Paris

January 19, 1906 – Gerhart Hauptmann’s “Und Pippa Tanzt!” premieres in Berlin

January 19, 1909 – Eugene Walter’s “Easiest Way” premieres in NYC

January 19, 1910 – US National Institute of Arts & Letters incorporated by Congress

January 19, 1954 – Cindy Sherman was born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, United States

January 19, 1961 – First episode of “Dick Van Dyke Show” is filmed

January 19, 1966 – Neil Simons, Coleman & Fields’ musical “Sweet Charity,” premieres

January 19, 1966 – Tippett’s cantate “Vision of St Augustine” premieres in London

January 19, 1971 – “No, No Nanette” opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 861 performances

January 19, 1971 – The Beatles’ “Helter Skelter” is played at Charles Manson trial

January 19, 1997 – 54th Golden Globes: The English Patient, Geoffrey Rush, & Brenda Blethyn win

January 19, 2003 – 60th Golden Globes: The Hours, Jack Nicholson, & Nicole Kidman win

January 20, 1922 – Arthur Honegger’s ballet “Skating Rink” premieres, Paris

January 20, 1929 – 1st feature talking motion picture taken outdoors, “In Old Arizona”

January 20, 1930 – 1st radio broadcast of “Lone Ranger” (WXYZ-Detroit)

January 20, 1939 – Charles Ives’ 1st Sonata “Concord” premieres

January 20, 1941 – Bela Bartok’s 6th string quartet, premieres in NYC

January 20, 1956 – Buddy Holly records “Blue Days Black Night” in Nashville

January 20, 1957 – Morton Gould’s “Declaration” premieres in Washington, D.C.

January 20, 1961 – Francis Poulenc’s “Gloria” premieres in Boston

January 20, 1964 – “Meet The Beatles” album released in US

January 20, 1965 – The Byrds record “Mr Tambourine Man”

January 20, 1982 – Heavy metal musician Ozzy Osbourne bites the head off a bat on stage in Des Moines, Iowa

January 20, 1997 – 2nd Critics’ Choice Movie Awards: Fargo wins Best Film

January 20, 1998 – Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducts Mama & Papas, Eagles

January 20, 1998 – 3rd Critics’ Choice Movie Awards: L.A. Confidential wins Best Film

January 20, 2002 – 18th Sundance Film Festival: “Personal Velocity: Three Portraits”, directed by Rebecca Miller, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

January 20, 2007 – 12th Critics’ Choice Movie Awards: The Departed wins Best Film

January 21, 1749 – The Verona Philharmonic Theatre was destroyed by fire, it was rebuilt in 1754

January 21, 1789 – First American novel, WH Brown’s “Power of Sympathy” is published

January 21, 1818 – Keats writes his poem “On a Lock of Milton’s Hair”

January 21, 1846 – First edition of Charles Dickens’ “Daily News”

January 21, 1874 – Franz Grillparzer’s “Libussa” premieres in Vienna

January 21, 1879 – Henrik Ibsen’s “Et Dukkehjem” premieres in Copenhagen

January 21, 1901 – Clyde Fitch’s “Climbers” premieres in NYC

January 21, 1903 – “Wizard of Oz” premieres in NYC

January 21, 1903 – International Theater (Majestic, Park) opens at 5 Columbus Circle NYC

January 21, 1908 – August Strindberg’s “Spoksonaten” premieres in Stockholm

January 21, 1927 – 1st national opera broadcast from a US opera house (Faust, Chicago)

January 21, 1929 – Robert Sherriff’s “Journey’s End” premieres in London

January 21, 1939 – George Kaufman & Moss Hart’s “American Way” premieres in NYC

January 21, 1942 – Count Basie records “One O’Clock Jump”

January 21, 1946 – “Nellie Bly” opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 16 performances

January 21, 1947 – “Sweethearts” opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 288 performances

January 21, 1947 – Arthur Honegger’s 4th Symphony premieres in Basel

January 21, 1950 – T. S. Eliot’s play “The Cocktail Party” premieres in NYC

January 21, 1955 – Jeff Koons was born in York, Pennsylvania, United States

January 21, 1978 – Bee Gees’ “Saturday Night Fever” album goes #1 for 24 weeks

January 21, 1987 – B.B. King is inducted into the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”

January 21, 1987 – Muddy Waters is inducted into the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”

January 21, 1995 – 52nd Golden Globes: Forrest Gump, Tom Hanks, & Jessica Lange win

January 21, 1996 – 53rd Golden Globes: Sense and Sensibility, Nicolas Cage, & Sharon Stone win

January 21, 2001 – 58th Golden Globes: Gladiator, Tom Hanks, & Julia Roberts win

January 22, 1816 – Lord Byron completes “Parisina” & “Siege of Corinth”

January 22, 1831 – Charles Darwin took his Bachelor of Arts exam

January 22, 1859 – Brahms’ 1st piano concerto (in D minor) premieres, Hanover

January 22, 1881 – Ancient Egyptian obelisk “Cleopatra’s Needle” erected in Central Park, New York

January 22, 1910 – Opera “Germania” premieres in NYC

January 22, 1914 – Paul Claudel’s “L’échange” premieres in Paris

January 22, 1934 – Dmitri Shostakovitch’s opera “Lady MacBeth” premieres in Leningrad

January 22, 1938 – “Our Town”, Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer-winner of small-town life in Grover’s Corners, NH, premieres (NJ)

January 22, 1940 – First radio broadcast of “Road to Happiness” on CBS

January 22, 1947 – First commercial TV station west of Mississippi opens, Hollywood CA

January 22, 1949 – “All for Love” opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 121 performances

January 22, 1951 – Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Johncrowe Ransom

January 22, 1953 – Arthur Miller’s “Crucible” premieres in NYC

January 22, 1954 – 11th Golden Globes: The Robe, Spencer Tracy, & Audrey Hepburn win

January 22, 1968 – “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In” premieres on NBC

January 22, 1990 – 17th American Music Awards: Paula Abdul & Bobby Brown win

January 22, 1994 – 51st Golden Globes: Schlinder’s List, Tom Hanks, & Holly Hunter win

January 23, 1546 – Having published nothing for eleven years, Francois Rabelais publishes the Tiers Livre, his sequel to Gargantua and Pantagruel

January 23, 1832 – Édouard Manet was born in Paris, France

January 23, 1897 – Start of Sherlock Holmes “Adventure of Abbey Grange”

January 23, 1926 – Eugene O’Neill’s “Great God Brown” premieres in NYC

January 23, 1943 – Duke Ellington plays at Carnegie Hall in New York City for the first time

January 23, 1944 – Arnold Schoenberg’s “Ode to Napoleon” premieres in NYC

January 23, 1944 – Edvard Munch died at age 80 in Oslo, Norway

January 23, 1948 – Huston’s “Treasure of Sierra Madre” starring Humphrey Bogart opens

January 23, 1951 – 3rd Emmy Awards: Alan Young Show, Alan Young and Gertrude Berg win

January 23, 1958 – “Body Beautiful” opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 60 performances

January 23, 1964 – Arthur Miller’s “After the Fall” premieres in NYC

January 23, 1965 – “King Family Show” (musical variety) premieres on ABC TV

January 23, 1969 – Cream releases their last album “Goodbye”

January 23, 1975 – “Barney Miller” premieres on ABC TV

January 23, 1977 – Mini-series “Roots” premieres on ABC

January 23, 1983 – “A-Team” with Mr T premieres on NBC

January 23, 1986 – 1st induction of Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame (Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Domino, Everly Bros, Buddy Holly, J L Lewis & Elvis Presley)

January 23, 1988 – 45th Golden Globes: The Last Emperor, Michael Douglas, & Sally Kirkland win

January 23, 1989 – Surrealist artist Salvador Dali died at age 84 in Figueres, Catalonia, Spain

January 23, 1993 – 50th Golden Globes: Scent of a Woman, Al Pacino, & Emma Thompson win

January 23, 2000 – 57th Golden Globes: American Beauty, Denzel Washington, & Hilary Swank win

January 24, 1659 – Pierre Corneille’s “Oedipe” premieres in Paris

January 24, 1874 – Mussorgsky’s opera “Boris Godunov” premieres in St Petersburg

January 24, 1875 – Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Danse Macabre” premieres

January 24, 1914 – Opera “Madeleine” premieres in NYC

January 24, 1925 – Maria Tallchief, the first Native American to become a prima ballerina, is born in Fairfax, Oklahoma, United States

January 24, 1927 – Alfred Hitchcock releases his first film as director – The Pleasure Garden, in England

January 24, 1933 – Noel Coward’s “Design for Living” premieres in NYC

January 24, 1936 – Benny Goodman & orchestra record “Stompin’ at the Savoy” on Victor Records

January 24, 1942 – Musical “Star & Garter” premieres in NYC

January 24, 1961 – Edward Albee’s “American Dream” premieres in NYC

January 24, 1962 – Brian Epstein signs management contract with the Beatles

January 24, 1964 – Martin Kresses final comic strip of Eric the Viking

January 24, 1976 – 33rd Golden Globes: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Jack Nicholson, & Louise Fletcher win

January 24, 1986 – 43rd Golden Globes: Out of Africa, Jon Voight, & Whoopi Goldberg win

January 24, 1988 – 4th Sundance Film Festival: “Heat and Sunlight” wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

January 24, 1999 – 56th Golden Globes: Saving Private Ryan, Jim Carrey, & Cate Blanchett win

January 24, 2016 – TV drama “The X-Files” returns after 13 years, reuniting lead actors David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson and produced again by Chris Carter

January 25, 1817 – Rossini’s opera “La Cenerentola” premieres in Rome

January 25, 1835 – Vincenzo Bellini’s opera “I Puritani” premieres in Paris

January 25, 1854 – Aleksandr Ostrovsky’s “Bednost ne Porok” premieres in Moscow

January 25, 1858 – Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March” first played, at wedding of Queen Victoria’s daughter Princess Victoria, to crown prince of Prussia

January 25, 1885 – Vincent d’Indy’s “Saugefleurie” premieres

January 25, 1904 – J M Synge’s “Ruders to the Sea” premieres in Dublin

January 25, 1906 – Del Valle Inclans “El Marqués de Bradomin” premieres in Madrid

January 25, 1908 – John Blockx’s opera “Baldie” premieres in Antwerp

January 25, 1909 – Richard Strauss’ premier of “Elektra” in Dresden

January 25, 1915 – Giordano, Sardou & Moreau’s opera “Madame Sans Gêne” premieres in NYC

January 25, 1937 – 1st broadcast of “Guiding Light” on NBC radio

January 25, 1938 – Ian Hay’s “Bachelor Born” premieres in NYC

January 25, 1946 – Richard Strauss’ “Metamorphosis” premieres in Zurich

January 25, 1949 – First Emmy Awards: Shirley Dinsdale & Pantomime Quiz (KTLA) win

January 25, 1961 – Walt Disney’s animated film “101 Dalmatians”, based on the novel by Dodie Smith and directed by Clyde Geronimi and Hamilton Luske is released in the US

January 25, 1964 – Beatles 1st US #1, “I Want to Hold your Hand”

January 25, 1968 – Robert Anderson’s “I Never Sang for My Father” premieres in NYC

January 25, 1970 – Robert Altman’s film “M*A*S*H” premieres

January 25, 1975 – 32nd Golden Globes: Chinatown, Jack Nicholson, & Gena Rowlands win

January 25, 1982 – 9th American Music Awards: Pat Benatar & Kenny Rogers win

January 25, 1987 – 3rd Sundance Film Festival: “Waiting for the Moon” and “The Trouble with Dick” (tie) win Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

January 25, 1988 – 15th American Music Awards: Anita Baker, Paul Simon & Whitney Houston

January 25, 1993 – 20th American Music Awards: Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey win

January 25, 1998 – 14th Sundance Film Festival: “Slam” wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

January 25, 2004 – 61st Golden Globes: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Sean Penn, & Charlize Theron win

January 25, 2004 – 20th Sundance Film Festival: “Primer”, directed by Shane Carruth, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

January 25, 2009 – 25th Sundance Film Festival: “Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire” wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

January 26, 1689 – Jean Racine’s “Esther” premieres in Saint-Cyr

January 26, 1790 – Mozart’s opera “Cosi Fan Tutte” premieres in Vienna

January 26, 1833 – Gaetano Dinozetti’s opera “Lucrezia Borgia” premieres in Milan

January 26, 1891 – Oscar Wilde’s “Duchess of Padua” premieres in NYC

January 26, 1900 – Henrik Ibsen’s “Naar vi Dode Vaaguer” premieres in Stuttgart

January 26, 1905 – Arnold Schoenberg’s “Pelleas und Melissande” premieres in Vienna

January 26, 1922 – Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Pastoral Symphony” premieres in London

January 26, 1927 – Maxwell Anderson’s “Saturday’s Children” premieres in NYC

January 26, 1931 – Lynn Riggs’ “Green Grow the Lilacs” premieres in NYC

January 26, 1931 – “Cimarron” directed by Wesley Ruggles and starring Richard Dix and Irene Dunne premieres in New York. 1st western to win Best Outstanding Production/Picture (1931)

January 26, 1934 – The Apollo Theater reopens in Harlem, New York City

January 26, 1939 – Filming begins on “Gone With the Wind”

January 26, 1954 – Ground breaking begins on Disneyland

January 26, 1957 – Bernanos & Poulenc’s opera “Dialogue des Carmelites” premieres

January 26, 1961 – “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” by Elvis Presley hits #1

January 26, 1962 – Bishop Burke of Buffalo Catholic dioceses declares Chubby Checker’s “Twist” is impure & bans it from all Catholic schools

January 26, 1962 – David Diamond’s 7th Symphony, premieres in Philadelphia

January 26, 1974 – 31st Golden Globes: The Exorcist, Al Pacino, & Marsha Mason win

January 26, 1975 – Edward Albee’s “Seascape” premieres in NYC

January 26, 1976 – David Mamet’s “American Buffalo” premieres in NYC

January 26, 1979 – “The Dukes of Hazzard” premieres on US TV network CBS

January 26, 1979 – Music Center Vredenburg opens in Utrecht Neth

January 26, 1987 – 14th American Music Awards: Whitney Houston, Lionel Richie & Alabama

January 26, 1988 – “Phantom of the Opera” opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 4,000+ performances

January 26, 1992 – 8th Sundance Film Festival: “In the Soup” wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

January 26, 1997 – 13th Sundance Film Festival: “Sunday” wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

January 26, 2003 – 19th Sundance Film Festival: “American Splendor”, directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

January 26, 2014 – 56th Grammy Awards: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Lorde, and Daft Punk win

January 26, 2014 – 30th Sundance Film Festival: “Whiplash”, directed by Damien Chazelle, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

January 27, 1778 – Piccinni’s opera “Roland” premieres in Paris

January 27, 1918 – “Tarzan of the Apes”, 1st Tarzan film, premieres at Broadway Theater

January 27, 1948 – 1st tape recorder sold

January 27, 1950 – 2nd Emmy Awards: Ed Wynn Show & Texaco Star Theater win

January 27, 1955 – “Plain & Fancy” opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 476 performances

January 27, 1956 – Elvis Presley’s releases the single “Heartbreak Hotel”

January 27, 1961 – “Sing Along with Mitch” [Miller] premieres on NBC TV

January 27, 1967 – The Beatles sign a 9 year worldwide contract with EMI records

January 27, 1970 – Movie rating system modifies “M” rating to “PG”

January 27, 1976 – “Laverne & Shirley” spinoff from “Happy Days” premieres on ABC TV

January 27, 1979 – 36th Golden Globes: Midnight Express, Jon Voight & Jane Fonda win

January 27, 1986 – 13th American Music Awards: Whitney Houston, Huey Lewis & C Gayle

January 27, 1990 – 6th Sundance Film Festival: “Chameleon Street” wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

January 27, 1991 – 7th Sundance Film Festival: “Poison” wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

January 27, 1997 – 24th American Music Awards: Toni Braxton & Alanis Morissette win

January 27, 2008 – 24th Sundance Film Festival: “Frozen River”, directed by Courtney Hunt, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

January 27, 2013 – 29th Sundance Film Festival: “Fruitvale Station”, directed by Ryan Coogler, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

January 28, 1813 – Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” is published by Thomas Egerton in the United Kingdom

January 28, 1814 – Stendahl’s 1st book is published

January 28, 1830 – Opera “Fra Diavolo” premieres in Paris

January 28, 1885 – Commission for Auguste Rodin’s sculpture ‘The Burghers of Calais’ signed by the Municipal Council of Calais

January 28, 1887 – Work begins on the Eiffel Tower in Paris

January 28, 1893 – Edward Mcdowell’s “Hamlet & Ophelia” premieres in Boston

January 28, 1912 – Jackson Pollock was born in Cody, Wyoming, United States

January 28, 1916 – Opera “Goyescas” premieres (NYC)

January 28, 1951 – “La Vie Commence Demain”, which depicted artificial insemination & is the 1st X-rated movie, opened in London

January 28, 1956 – Elvis Presley’s 1st appearance on National TV (Dorsey Bros Stage Show)

January 28, 1958 – The Lego company patented their design of Lego bricks, still compatible with bricks produced today

January 28, 1965 – The Who make their 1st appearance on British TV

January 28, 1967 – Rolling Stones release “Let’s Spend the Night Together”

January 28, 1973 – “Barnaby Jones” premieres on CBS TV

January 28, 1973 – Ron Howard appears on M*A*S*H in “Sometimes You Hear the Bullet”

January 28, 1973 – 30th Golden Globes: The Godfather, Marlon Brando and Liv Ullmann win

January 28, 1978 – 35th Golden Globes: The Turning Point, Richard Burton, & Jane Fonda win

January 28, 1980 – 37th Golden Globes: Kramer vs. Kramer, Dustin Hoffman & Sally Field win

January 28, 1984 – 41st Golden Globes: Terms of Endearment, Tom Courtenay, Robert Duvall, & Shirley MacLaine win

January 28, 1985 – Charity single “We Are the World” is recorded by supergroup USA for Africa (Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie and other pop stars)

January 28, 1985 – 12th American Music Awards: Cyndi Lauper & Lionel Richie win

January 28, 1989 – 46th Golden Globes: Rain Man, Dustin Hoffman, & Jodie Foster win

January 28, 1991 – 18th American Music Awards: M C Hammer & Janet Jackson

January 28, 1996 – 12th Sundance Film Festival: “Welcome to the Dollhouse” wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

January 28, 1998 – Michelangelo’s “Christ & the Woman of Samaria” sold for $7.4 million

January 28, 2001 – 17th Sundance Film Festival: “The Believer”, directed by Henry Bean, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

January 28, 2007 – 23rd Sundance Film Festival: “Padre Nuestro”, directed by Christopher Zalla, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

January 29, 1595 – William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet is thought to have been first performed; the play was officially published in early 1597

January 29, 1728 – John Gays’ “Beggar’s Opera” premieres in London

January 29, 1781 – Mozart’s opera “Idomeneo” premieres, Munich

January 29, 1845 – Edgar Allen Poe’s “Raven” 1st published (NYC)

January 29, 1920 – Walt Disney starts work as an artist with KC Slide Co for $40 a week

January 29, 1942 – 1st broadcast of Roy Plomley’s “Desert Island Discs” on BBC radio

January 29, 1943 – Sidney Kingsley’s “Patriots” premieres in NYC

January 29, 1947 – Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons” premieres in NYC

January 29, 1954 – Arnold Schoenberg’s “De Profundis” premieres in Cologne

January 29, 1956 – F Durrenmatt’s “Der Besuch der Alten Dame” premieres in Zurich

January 29, 1957 – Graham Greene’s “Potting Shed” premieres in NYC

January 29, 1959 – Walt Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty” released

January 29, 1964 – Beatles record in German “Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand” & “Sie Liebt Dich”

January 29, 1964 – Stanley Kubrick’s film “Dr Strangelove” starring Peter Sellers and George C. Scott premieres

January 29, 1969 – Jimi Hendrix & Pete Townshend wage a battle of guitars

January 29, 1977 – 34th Golden Globes: Rocky, Peter Finch, & Faye Dunaway win

January 29, 1983 – “Down Under” by Men At Work hits #1 on UK pop chart

January 29, 1983 – 40th Golden Globes: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Ben Kingsley & Meryl Streep win

January 29, 1989 – 5th Sundance Film Festival: “True Love” wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

January 29, 1995 – 11th Sundance Film Festival: “The Brothers McMullen” and “The Young Poisoner’s Handbook” (tie) win Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

January 29, 1996 – 23rd American Music Awards: Garth Brooks wins

January 29, 1996 – 6,138th performance of “Cats” is held in London, surpassing record of Broadway’s longest-running musical, “A Chorus Line”

January 29, 2006 – 22nd Sundance Film Festival: “Quinceanera”, directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

January 30, 1818 – John Keats composes his sonnet “When I Have Fears”

January 30, 1858 – William Wells Brown published 1st Black drama, “Leap to Freedom”

January 30, 1873 – “Around the World in 80 Days” by Jules Verne is published in France by Pierre-Jules Hetzel

January 30, 1928 – Eugene O’Neill’s “Strange Interlude” premieres in NYC

January 30, 1930 – Vladimir Mayakovsky’s “Banya” premieres in Leningrad

January 30, 1931 – Charlie Chaplin’s “City Lights” premieres at Los Angeles Theater

January 30, 1933 – “Lone Ranger” begins a 21-year run on ABC radio

January 30, 1940 – Benjamin Britten’s “Lesson Illuminations” premieres in London

January 30, 1950 – “Robert Montgomery Presents” dramatic anthology premieres on NBC TV

January 30, 1956 – Elvis Presley records his version of “Blue Suede Shoes”

January 30, 1961 – Bobby Darin is youngest performer to headline a TV special on NBC

January 30, 1969 – The Beatles perform their last live gig, a 42 minute concert on the roof of Apple Corps HQ in London

January 30, 1973 – KISS plays their 1st show (Coventry Club in Queens NY)

January 30, 1981 – 8th American Music Awards: Barbra Streisand & Kenny Rogers win

January 30, 1982 – 39th Golden Globes: On Golden Pond, Henry Fonda & Meryl Streep win

January 30, 1989 – 16th American Music Awards: Randy Travis and George Michael win

January 30, 1989 – Five Pharaoh sculptures from 1470 BC found at temple of Luxor

January 30, 1994 – 10th Sundance Film Festival: “What Happened Was” wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

January 30, 1995 – 22nd American Music Awards: Boyz II Men & Ace of Base win

January 30, 2000 – 16th Sundance Film Festival: “Girlfight” and “You Can Count on Me” (tie) win Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

January 30, 2005 – 21st Sundance Film Festival: “Forty Shades of Blue”, directed by Ira Sachs, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

January 30, 2011 – 27th Sundance Film Festival: “Like Crazy”, directed by Drake Doremus, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

January 31, 1679 – Jean-Baptiste Lully’s opera “Bellerophon” premieres in Paris

January 31, 1817 – Franz Grillparzer’s “Die Ahnfrau” premieres in Vienna

January 31, 1861 – Friedrich Hebbel’s “Siegfrieds Tod” premieres in Weimar

January 31, 1901 – Chekhov’s “Three Sisters” opens at Moscow Art Theater

January 31, 1904 – Bela Bartok’s symphony “Kossuth” premieres

January 31, 1931 – Philip Barry’s “Tomorrow & Tomorrow” premieres in NYC

January 31, 1936 – “Green Hornet” radio show is 1st heard on WXYZ Radio in Detroit

January 31, 1948 – J D Salinger’s “A Perfect Day for Banana Fish” appears in NY

January 31, 1949 – 1st daytime soap on TV “These Are My Children” (NBC in Chicago)

January 31, 1975 – Barry Manilow’s single “Mandy” goes gold

January 31, 1976 – 3rd American Music Awards: Olivia Newton-John & John Denver win

January 31, 1981 – “The Tide Is High” by Blondie hits #1

January 31, 1981 – 38th Golden Globes: Ordinary People, Robert De Niro, & Mary Tyler Moore win

January 31, 1987 – 44th Golden Globes: Platoon, Bob Hoskins, & Marlee Matlin win

January 31, 1993 – 9th Sundance Film Festival: “Ruby in Paradise” and “Public Access” wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

January 31, 1999 – 15th Sundance Film Festival: “Three Seasons” wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

January 31, 2010 – 26th Sundance Film Festival: “Winter’s Bone”, directed by Debra Granik, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

 


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