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DECEMBER 25

1886 Edward "Kid" Ory (Louisiana-born African-American Dixieland Jazz Trombonist, Composer, Bandleader) Louisiana Peforming Artists Jazz American Composers and Songwriters African-American Peforming Artists African American Registry
1907 Cab Calloway (New York-born African-American Singer, Bandleader, Dancer) New York Performing Artists American Performing Artists Popular Musicians Dance African-American Performing Artists Biography.com History Channel African American Registry
1937 O'Kelly Isley (Ohio-born African-American Popular Singer, "The Isley Brothers") Ohio Peforming Artists Popular Musicians African-American Peforming Artists Internet Movie Database African American Registry
1946 Jimmy Buffett (Mississippi-born Popular Singer, Songwriter) Mississippi Performing Artists Popular Musicians Official Website Mississippi Writers Project Biography.com
1954 Annie Lennox (Scottish Singer, Songwriter, Composer) Scottish Performing Artists Popular Musucians Composer, Songwriter Biography.com
1957 Shane MacGowan (English Singer, Songwriter) English Performing Artists Popular Musucians Composer, Songwriter Biography.com
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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1996 Dean Martin (Ohio-born Popular Singer) Ohio Performing Artists Popular Musicians History Channel
2006 James Brown (Georgia-born African-American Member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) Georgia Performing Artists Rock and Roll Hall of Fame African-American Performing Artists University of Georgia
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1723 J.S. Bach's "Sacred Cantata No. 63" Is Performed As Bach's First Annual Sacred Cantata Cycle in Leipzig, Germany Johann Sebastian Bach Composers Religious Music Christmas Music American Public Media
1724 J.S. Bach's "Sacred Cantata No. 91" Is Performed As Bach's Second Annual Sacred Cantata Cycle in Leipzig, Germany Johann Sebastian Bach Composers Religious Music Christmas Music American Public Media
1725 J.S. Bach's "Sacred Cantata No. 110" Is Performed As Bach's Third Annual Sacred Cantata Cycle in Leipzig, Germany Johann Sebastian Bach Composers Religious Music Christmas Music American Public Media
1728 J.S. Bach's "Sacred Cantata No. 197a" Is Performed As Bach's Fourth Sacred Cantata Cycle in Leipzig, Germany Johann Sebastian Bach Composers Religious Music Christmas Music American Public Media
1734 Part 1 ("Jauchzet, frohlocket") of J.S. Bach's 6-part "Christmas Oratorio," S. 248, Is Performed in Leipzig, Germany Johann Sebastian Bach Composers Religious Music Christmas Music American Public Media
1815 Beethoven Conducts a Cantata and His Name Day Fest Overture, Op. 115, at a Vienna Benefit for the Citizens' Hospital Fund Vienna, Austria Ludwig van Beethoven Composers Christmas Music American Public Media
1818 "Silent Night" Is Performed for the First Time at the Church of St. Nikolaus in Oberndorff, Austria Oberndorff, Austria Music Christmas Music Historic Firsts American Goethe Society (pdf) New York Times American Public Media
1870 As a Present to His Wife, Richard Wagner Conducts an Ensemble in Playing "Siegfried Idyll" at His Villa in Switzerland Switzerland Richard Wagner Composers Christmas Music American Public Media
1931 The First National Radio Broadcast of a Complete Opera Is Humperdinck's "Hänsel und Gretel" from the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Engelbert Humperdinck New York City Metropolitan Opera Radio Opera Christmas Historic Firsts American Public Media
1937 Arturo Toscanini Conducts His First Radio Concert by the NBC Symphony Orchestra Radio Classical Music Christmas Historic Firsts NBC American Public Media

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