This series seems not to be as interesting for others as it is to me; then again, almost all of this is for my own personal edification, so enjoy what you wish. I also end up learning about a lot of other non-music-related events while scanning the entries for calendar days on Wikipedia.
1889 – Efrem Zimbalist, Russian-American violinist, composer, and conductor (d. 1985)
1933 – Easley Blackwood, Jr., American pianist, composer, and educator
2013 – Jean-Michel Damase, French pianist and composer (b. 1928)
1916 – Yehudi Menuhin, American-Swiss violinist and conductor (d. 1999)
1936 – Pierre Hétu, Canadian pianist and conductor (d. 1998)
1953 – Juhani Komulainen, Finnish composer – so he studied with Rautavaara
1857 – Ruggero Leoncavallo, Italian composer (d. 1919) I am obviously super unfamiliar with like sixteenth and seventeenth century composers whose name isn’t Bach or something, but this guy lived into the twentieth century. Except he composed opera, which I know little to nothing about.
1858 – Ethel Smyth, English composer (d. 1944)
1666 – Johann Heinrich Buttstett, German organist and composer (d. 1727) There’s a joke there somewhere about that name.
1899- Sibelius’ first symphony premieres with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by the composer (then 33 years of age) and later revised
1941 – John Mitchell, American composer
1749 – First performance of George Frideric Handel‘s Music for the Royal Fireworks in Green Park, London.
1894 – Nicolas Slonimsky, Russian pianist, composer, conductor, and author (d. 1995)
1915 – Alexander Scriabin, Russian pianist and composer (b. 1872). Seriously one of my favorites.