. 1563 ~ John Bull, English composer, musician and organ builder, credited with composing Britain’s national anthem “God Save The King/Queen” (debated), died about the age of 68
. 1710 ~ Thomas Arne, English composer
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. 1890 ~ Vaslav Nijinsky, Ukrainian ballet dancer
. 1891 ~ Clara Schumann gave her final piano performance.
. 1921 ~ Gordon MacRae, Singer
. 1923 ~ Dr. Lee DeForest demonstrated his putting sound on motion picture film. One of the pioneers of radio in the early 1900s, DeForest came up with a snappy name for his invention; he called it phonofilm. Today, we call it a soundtrack.
. 1937 ~ Charles-Marie Widor died. He was a was a French organist, composer and teacher.
. 1939 ~ Artie Shaw and his band recorded the standard, Deep Purple, in New York for the Bluebird label. Listening carefully after the first minute or so, one can hear Helen Forrest sing the vocal refrain. Larry Clinton and his orchestra had a number one song with a similar arrangement of the same tune that same year. It later was a hit for saxophonist, Nino Tempo and his sister, April Stevens in 1963. Hundreds of versions of this song have been recorded through the years, making it one of the most popular standards of all time.
. 1940 ~ Al Jarreau, Singer
. 1946 ~ Liza Minnelli, American actress and singer of popular music
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. 1948 ~ James Taylor, American folk-rock singer, songwriter, and guitarist
. 1955 ~ Charlie “Bird” Parker, an influential U.S. jazz saxophonist, died.
. 1955 ~ One of the great groups of jazz appeared for the first time at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The Dave Brubeck Quartet presented a magnificent concert for jazz fans.
. 1969 ~ Wedding bells rang in London for singer, Paul McCartney and his new bride, photographer, Linda Eastman.
. 1985 ~ Eugene Ormandy, U.S. conductor, died. He directed the Philadelphia Orchestra from 1936-1980 and was especially noted for his performances of Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich.
. 1986 ~ Following its success in London’s West End Les Miserables opened at the Broadway Theater running until it closed on May 18, 2003. In 2006 it was revived and was again on Broadway showing at the Broadhurst Theatre.
. 1987 ~ The famous musical play “Les Miserables” by Victor Hugo opened on Broadway in New York.
. 1991 ~ Jimmy McPartland passed away
. 1993 ~ June Valli, singer (Crying in the Chapel), died at the age of 62
. 1999 ~ World-famous violin maestro Yehudi Menuhin died in Berlin.