May

 

May 1, 1777 – RB Sheridan’s “School for Scandal” premieres in London

May 1, 1786 – Mozart’s opera “Marriage of Figaro” premieres in Wien (Vienna)

May 1, 1851 – Great Exhibition opens in the Crystal Palace, London

May 1, 1869 – Folies Bergère opens in Paris

May 1, 1883 – “Buffalo Bill” Cody puts on his 1st Wild West Show

May 1, 1913 – Longacre Theater opens at 220 W 48th St NYC

May 1, 1939 – Pulitzer Prize awarded to Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (Yearling)

May 1, 1941 – “Citizen Kane”, directed & starring Orson Welles, premieres in NY

May 1, 1943 – 1st edition of illegal “The Free Artist” appears in Amsterdam

May 1, 1944 – Pulitzer prize awarded to American Martin Flavin for his novel “Journey in the Dark”

May 1, 1950 – Gwendolyn Brooks is first African American awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry

May 1, 1950 – Pulitzer prize awarded to Rodgers & Hammerstein (South Pacific)

May 1, 1957 – Larry King’s 1st radio broadcast

May 1, 1961 – Pulitzer prize awarded to Harper Lee for her novel “To Kill a Mockingbird”

May 1, 1966 – Last British concert by Beatles (Empire Pool in Wembley)

May 1, 1968 – “Ben Franklin in Paris” closes at Lunt Fontanne NYC after 215 performances

May 1, 1971 – Rolling Stones release “Brown Sugar”

May 1, 1972 – Pulitzer prize awarded to Wallace Stegner (Angle of Repose)

May 1, 1976 – Empress Lilly, replica of a paddle steamer, dedicated at Walt Disney World, Florida

May 1, 1979 – Elton John becomes 1st pop star to perform in Israel

May 1, 1980 – “Day in Hollywood, A Night…” opens at John Golden NYC for 588 perf

May 1, 1980 – 15th Academy of Country Music Awards: Larry Gatlin and Crystal Gayle win

May 1, 1983 – “My One & Only” opens at St James Theater NYC for 767 performances

May 1, 1984 – Danielle Steel’s romance novel “Full Circle” is published

May 1, 1989 – 135 acre Disney’s MGM studio officially opens to public

May 1, 1991 – “Will Rogers Follies” opens at Palace Theater NYC for 983 performances

May 1, 1992 – Danielle Steel’s historical romance novel “Jewels” is published

May 1, 1994 – “Rise & Fall of Little Voice” opens at Neil Simon NYC for 9 performances

May 1, 1996 – “Ideal Husband” opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 308 performances

May 1, 1999 – Animated series “SpongeBob SquarePants” debuts on Nickelodeon

May 1, 2000 – “Gladiator” directed by Ridley Scott and starring Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix premieres in LA (Best Picture 2001)

May 1, 2010 – Canadian singer Bryan Adams is given the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for his 30 years of contributions to the arts

May 1, 2013 – A digital camera is created that can mimic insect compound eyes

May 1, 2017 – Billy Corgan agrees to purchase the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA)

May 2, 1519 – Leonardo da Vinci died at age 67 in Amboise, Kingdom of France

May 2, 1750 – Carlo Goldoni’s “La Botega di Caffè” premieres in Mantua

May 2, 1885 – “Good Housekeeping” magazine is 1st published

May 2, 1887 – Hannibal W Goodwin patents celluloid photographic film

May 2, 1900 – George Bernard Shaw’s “You Never Can Tell” premieres in London

May 2, 1905 – French newspapers publish lists of Jules Vernes unpublished work

May 2, 1908 – “Take me out to the Ball Game” registered for copyright

May 2, 1927 – Pulitzer prize awarded to Louis Bromfield (Early Autumn)

May 2, 1932 – Jack Benny’s 1st radio show premieres (NBC Blue Network)

May 2, 1932 – Pulitzer prize awarded to Pearl S Buck (Good Earth)

May 2, 1936 – Sergei Prokofiev’s musical “Peter and the Wolf” premieres in Moscow

May 2, 1938 – Ella Fitzgerald records “A-Tisket, A-Tasket”

May 2, 1938 – Pulitzer prize awarded to Thornton Wilder for his play “Our Town”

May 2, 1947 – Eugene O’Neill’s “Moon for the Misbegotten” premieres in NYC

May 2, 1949 – Arthur Miller wins Pulitzer Prize for “Death of a Salesman”

May 2, 1950 – Carlo Terrons “Giuditta” premieres in Milan

May 2, 1955 – Pulitzer prize awarded Tennessee Williams for Cat on Hot Tin Roof

May 2, 1960 – Pulitzer prize awarded to Al Drury (Advice & Consent)

May 2, 1964 – Beatles’ “Beatles’ 2nd Album” goes #1 & stays #1 for 5 weeks

May 2, 1966 – Pulitzer prize awarded Arthur M Schlesinger Jr (Thousand Days)

May 2, 1968 – 1st performance of Roger Sessions’ 8th Symphony

May 2, 1975 – Apple records closes down

May 2, 1977 – “The King & I” opens at Uris Theater NYC for 719 performances

May 2, 1979 – “Quadrophenia” premieres in London

May 2, 1979 – 14th Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Rogers and Barbara Mandrell win

May 2, 1980 – Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in Wall (Part II)” is banned in South Africa

May 2, 1980 – Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in Wall (Part II)” is banned in South Africa

May 2, 1984 – “Sunday in the Park with George” opens at Booth NYC for 604 performances

May 2, 1988 – Jackson Pollock’s “Search” sold for $4,800,000

May 2, 1993 – “5 Guys Named Moe” closes at Eugene O’Neill Theater NYC after 445 performances

May 2, 1994 – Michael Bolton found guilty of plagiarizing Isley Bros “Love is Wonderful Thing”

May 2, 1997 – “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery”, starring Mike Myers and Elizabeth Hurley, is released

May 2, 2008 – The critically acclaimed “Iron Man”, starring Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, is released

May 2, 2012 – ‘The Scream’, by Norwegian painter Edvard Munch (a pastel version) sells at auction for $119,922,500

May 3, 1722 – Pierre de Marivaux’ “La Double Inconstance” premieres in Paris

May 3, 1915 – John McCrae writes the poem “In Flanders Fields”

May 3, 1937 – Margaret Mitchell wins Pulitzer Prize for “Gone With the Wind”

May 3, 1944 – “Going My Way”, directed by Leo McCary and starring Bing Crosby premieres in New York (Best Picture 1945)

May 3, 1951 – Royal Festival Hall opens in London

May 3, 1960 – Musical “Fantasticks” by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones, premieres in NYC (world’s longest running musical)

May 3, 1988 – Jasper Johns’ “Diver” sold for $4,200,000

May 3, 2013 – The Palmetto Playground in Brooklyn is renamed after Beastie Boys’ rapper Adam Yauch

May 4, 1958 – Keith Haring was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, United States

May 4, 2001 – The Milwaukee Art Museum addition, the first Santiago Calatrava-designed structure in the United States, opens to the public

May 5, 1726 – Handel’s opera Alessandro premieres at the King’s Theatre in London with Italian castrato singer Senesino in the title role

May 5, 2012 – Mark Rothko’s “Orange, Red, Yellow” becomes the most expensive contemporary art piece to be sold at auction for $86.9 million dollars

May 6, 1959 – The Pablo Picasso painting of a Dutch girl was sold for $154,000 in London which was the highest price paid (at the time) for a painting by a living artist

May 8, 1903 – Paul Gauguin died at age 54 in Atuona, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia

May 9, 2012 – Warhol’s painting “Double Elvis (Ferus Type)” sold at auction at Sotheby’s in New York for $33 million

May 11, 1904 – Surrealist artist Salvador Dali born in Figueres, Catalonia, Spain

May 13, 1906 – Bezalel Art School opens in Jerusalem

May 15, 1930 – Jasper Johns was born in Augusta, Georgia, United States

May 17, 1510 – Botticelli died at age 64 in Florence, Italy

May 19, 1886 – Camille Saint-Saëns’ 3rd Symphony in C premieres

May 19, 1999 – Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, directed by George Lucas, starring Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman and Liam Neeson is released in cinemas

May 20, 1609 – Shakespeare’s Sonnets are first published in London, perhaps illicitly, by the publisher Thomas Thorpe

May 20, 1873 – Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis patent first blue jeans with copper rivets

May 20, 1891 – History of cinema: The first public display of Thomas Edison’s prototype kinetoscope to members of the National Federation of Women’s Club

May 20, 1895 – 1st commercial movie performance (153 Broadway, NYC)

May 20, 1916 – Saturday Evening Post cover features Norman Rockwell painting

May 20, 1967 – BBC bans the Beatles’ “A Day in the Life” because of drug references

May 20, 1970 – Beatles’ “Let it Be” movie premieres in UK

May 20, 1979 – 1st western pop star to tour USSR-Elton John

May 20, 2013 – Yahoo purchases Tumbler for $1.1 Billion

May 21, 1908 – 1st horror movie (Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde) premieres in Chicago

May 21, 1922 – “On the Road to Moscow” is 1st cartoon to receive a Pulitzer Prize

May 21, 1951 – The opening of the Ninth Street Show, otherwise known as the 9th Street Art Exhibition – a gathering of a number of notable artists, and the stepping-out of the post war New York avant-garde, collectively know as the New York School.

May 21, 1972 – Michelangelo’s Pietà in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome is damaged by a vandal.

May 21, 1980 – “Star Wars Episode V – Empire Strikes Back”, produced by George Lucas opens in cinemas in UK and North America

May 21, 1983 – David Bowie’s “Let’s “Dance” single goes #1

May 21, 1999 – All My Children star Susan Lucci finally wins a Daytime Emmy after being nominated 19 times, the longest period of unsuccessful nominations in television history

May 22, 1803 – 1st US public library opens (Connecticut)

May 22, 1844 – Mary Cassat was born in Allegheny

May 22, 1900 – Edwin S Votey patents pneumatic piano player

May 22, 1965 – Beatles’ “Ticket to Ride” single goes #1

May 22, 1967 – “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” debuts on NET (now PBS)

May 23, 1750 – Carlo Goldoni’s “Il Bugiardo” premieres in Mantua

May 23, 1922 – Walt Disney incorporates his 1st film company Laugh-O-Gram Films

May 23, 1966 – The Beatles release “Paperback Writer”

May 23, 1968 – Beatles open 2nd Apple Boutique at 161 New Kings Road, London

May 23, 1969 – BBC orders 13 episodes of Monty Python’s Flying Circus

May 23, 1969 – The Who release rock opera “Tommy”

May 23, 1970 – Grateful Dead’s 1st performance outside US (England)

May 26, 1897 – Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula, which later became the subject of numerous theatrical, film and television interpretations, is published by Constable & Co.

May 29, 1913 – Igor Stravinsky’s ballet The Rite of Spring premieres in Paris and causes a riot in the audience between supporters and opponents of the work

 


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