. 1690 ~ Announcement of the invention of the clarinet.
. 1812 ~ Sigismond Thalberg, composer and one of the most famous virtuoso pianists of the 19th century.
. 1780 ~ François-Joseph Dizi, Flemish harpist and composer. He died sometime in 1840
. 1800 ~ Ludwig von Köchel, Austrian musicographer; compiler of the Mozart catalogue
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. 1875 ~ Albert Schweitzer, Alsatian humanitarian, physician, Bach scholar and organist, winner of Nobel Peace Prize in 1952
. 1888 ~ Stephen Heller, Hungarian composer and pianist, died at the age of 74
. 1900 ~ The Giacomo Puccini opera “Tosca” had its world premiere in Rome. The opera made its U.S. debut on February 4, 1901.
. 1908 ~ Russ Columbo, Singer, bandleader, songwriter
. 1917 ~ Billy Butterfield (Charles William Butterfield), Trumpeter, founding member of World’s Greatest Jazz Band
. 1925 ~ Alban Berg’s atonale opera “Wozzeck” premiered in Berlin
. 1929 ~ Billy Walker, Singer, known as the ‘masked singer’
. 1931 ~ Caterina Valente, Singer
. 1936 ~ Harriet Hilliard, vocalist and wife of bandleader Ozzie Nelson, sang Get Thee Behind Me Satan, on Brunswick Records.
. 1938 ~ Jack Jones (John Allan Jones), Singer, son of Allan Jones and wife, actress, Irene Hervey.
. 1939 ~ The program, “Honolulu Bound”, was heard on CBS radio. Phil Baker and The Andrews Sisters were featured on the program.
. 1949 ~ Joaquín Turina, Spanish pianist/conductor/composer (Rima), died at the age of 66
. 1953 ~ Ralph Vaughan Williams‘ Sinfonia Antartica first performance.
. 1956 ~ Rock ‘n’ roller, Little Richard, was singing the newly released Tutti-Frutti. The Pat Boone version became even more popular as a cover record.
. 1964 ~ A hootenanny was held for the first time at the White House, as the New Christy Minstrels entertained President and Lady Bird Johnson, as well as Italy’s President.
. 1965 ~ Jeanette (Anna) MacDonald passed away. She was an American singer and actress best remembered for her musical films of the 1930s with Maurice Chevalier and Nelson Eddy
. 1968 ~ LL Cool J (James Todd Smith), Rap singer