Music History for

December 16


1770 - Composer Ludwig Van Beethoven was born.

1775 - Composer Francois-Adrien Boieldieu was born.

1882 - Composer Zoltan Kodaly was born.

1893 - Anton Dvorak attended the first performance and the official world premiere of his "New World Symphony" at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

1907 - Eugenia H. Farrar became the first singer to broadcast on radio. She sang from the USS Dolphin docked at Brooklyn Navy Yard.

1940 - Bob Crosby and his Bobcats backed up Bing as "San Antonio Rose" was recorded for Decca Records.

1966 - The Jimi Hendrix single "Hey Joe" was released in the U.K.

1967 - The Lemon Pipers released the single "Green Tambourine."

1971 - Don McLean’s eight-minute-plus version of "American Pie" was released.

1977 - The "Saturday Night Fever" film opened in the U.S.

1983 - Pete Townshend announced he was leaving The Who. This was effectively the first break up of the band.

1993 - The musical "The Red Shoes" opened.

1993 - MTV aired Nirvana's New York "Unplugged" performance.

1997 - Bobby Brown settled out of court with Althea Durant. Durant had claimed that she paid him $30,000 for a show in Trinidad that he never played.

1999 - Former Sex Pistols manager, Malcolm McLaren, announced plans to join the race for London's first-ever elected mayor.

2002 - Liza Minnelli and her husband, David Gest, filed a $23 million dollar lawsuit against VH1, MTV Networks, Viacom and Remote Productions, Inc. for breach of contract. The lawsuit was filed because plans were dropped on a reality show that was centered on the lives of Minnelli and Gest.

2004 - The iTunes Music Store reached 200 million songs sold.