125 years ago (1892) – After only standing for 9 years, The original Metropolitan Opera House (also known as ‘the old Met’), located on New York City’s 39th Street, was severely gutted by fire. It was rebuilt along its original lines, but the 1892–93 season had to be cancelled during the reconstruction (it was demolished in 1967).
80 years ago (1937) - Birth of
Alice Coltrane American jazz pianist, organist, harpist, composer and bandleader (as Alice McLeod). She was the wife of the jazz saxophonist and composer John Coltrane. She died from respiratory failure in 2007, aged 69.
50 years ago (1967) - Brian Epstein, British music entrepreneur, died from the accidental overdose of sleeping pills. Best known as the manager of the Beatles, he discovered the group at a lunchtime concert given at the Cavern Club,
Liverpool in November 1961.
20 years ago (1997) - Death of Brandon Tartikoff, American television executive, noted for propelling NBC from last place to first place in the major network rankings through his selection of hit shows.
Birthdays today include:
Daryl Dragon 75 – American musician and songwriter, best known as the Captain (The Captain and Tennille)
John Lloyd 63 – British tennis player and now commentator. Ex-husband of Chris Evert