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1760 Luigi Cherubini (Italian-born French Composer of Opera and Sacred Music) Italian Composers French Composers Opera Religion
1910 Lehman Engel (Mississippi-born Composer, Theatrical Conductor) Mississippi Composers American Composers Classical Musicians
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1734 Johann S. Bach Performs an Organ Recital in Dresden, Germany Johann S. Bach Pipe Organs American Public Media
1741 Georg Frederick Handel Finishes Scoring His "Messiah" Oratorio Handel Composers American Public Media
1814 Francis Scott Key Writes the Words to The Star Spangled Banner Francis Scott Key Fort McHenry Star Spangled Banner American Composers & Songwriters War 1812 American Collection
1854 Anton Bruckner's Mass in Bb ("Missa Solemnis") Is First Performed in St. Florian, Austria Antonin Bruckner Religion Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media
1914 W. C. Handy Copyrights "The St. Louis Blues" W. C. Handy Copyright, Tradmarks Composers African-American Composers American Public Media
1920 Detroit Station Broadcasts First Live Dance Music on the Radio Detroit Radio Dance Historic Firsts The History Channel
1954 Benjamin Britten's Opera, "The Turn of the Screw," Is First Performed in Venice, Italy at the Teatro La Fenice Venice, Italy English Composers Composers Opera Historic Firsts American Public Media
1955 Little Richard Records "Tutti Frutti" Little Richard Popular Music African American Performing Artists University of Georgia
1968 Dmitri Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 12 Is First Performed in Moscow by the Beethoven Quartet Dmitri Shostakovich Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media
1974 Eric Clapton First Tops the Charts with "I Shot the Sheriff" Eric Clapton Popular Music The History Channel
1978 Samuel Barber's Third Essay for Orchestra Is First Performed by the New York Philharmonic, Conducted by Zubin Mehta New York Philharmonic Samuel Barber Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media

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