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1735 Johann Christian Bach (German Composer: Son of Johann Sebastian Bach) German Composer Composers
1791 Giacomo Meyerbeer (German Composer) German Composer Composers
1890 Benjamin Tyamzashe (South African Composer, Educator) South African Composers Composers Educators of Note South African History
1912 John Cage (Los Angeles-born Avant-garde Composer) John Cage American Composers
1942 Eduardo Mata (Mexican Conductor, Composer) Mexico Symphonic Conductor Latin-American Studies
1946 Freddie Mercury (Tanzanian-born English Lead Singer of the Rock Group Queen) Freddie Mercury Performing Artists English Performing Artists Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1997 Georg Solti (Hungarian-born Operatic Conductor) Hungarian Performing Artists Classical Musicians Opera
1840 Giuseppe Verdi's Opera "Un giorno di regno" (King for a Day) Is First Performed in Milan at the Teatro alla Scala Verdi Composers Opera Historic Firsts American Public Media
1857 In Weimar, Germany, Franz Liszt Conducts the First Performance of His Composition "A Faust Symphony" Germany Franz Liszt Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media
1918 The National Anthem Is Sung for the First Time at a Sporting Event The National Anthem Sports World War I Historic Firsts New York Times
1927 George Gershwin's Musical "Strike Up the Band" Premieres at the Shubert Theater in Philadelphia Philadelphia, Pennsylvania George Gershwin American Musicals Historic Firsts American Public Media

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