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Jack The Ripper claims his first [documented] victim, a prostitute called Mary Ann Nicholls in Whitechapel, London, UK. Although the full total of his victims is unknown, he will slaughter at least four more ladies of the night, [Annie Chapman, then Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes and Mary Kelly]. The Ripper's horrific crimes will inspire the comedy-rock'n'roll song Jack The Ripper in 1963 by Screaming Lord Sutch. Melodically, Jack The Ripper takes its inspiration directly from the 1960 hit Alley Oop by The Hollywood Argyles.
The musical comedy Two Little Lambs is playing at The 5th Avenue Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA.
Primrose And Dockstader's Big American Minstrels are playing at The Grand Opera House, New York City, USA.
A programme of "refined vaudeville", featuring The Jennie Eddie Trio (Novelty singing and comedy), Boyce And Wilson (Black-face fun-furnishers who dance) and Zoe Matthews (The popular Casino girl) is presented at The Ocean View Theatre, Norfolk, Virginia, USA.
The musical comedy The Cadet Girl is playing at The Herald Square Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 48 performances.
The musical comedy San Toy is playing at Daly's Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 65 performances.
The musical comedy Florodora is playing at The Casino Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA. The show is billed as featuring 'its world-renowned mirth, melody and merrie maidens'.
George W. Leslie And Company, Ernest Hogan, Libby, Trayer And Gilbert, The Five Sunbeams, The LaVallee Trio, Mlle. Lotty and others appear in a Vaudeville show at The Orpheum Theatre, San Francisco, California, USA.
Musical comedy The Little Duchess, starring Anna Held, with music and lyrics by Harry B. Smith and Reginald De Koven, is playing at The Casino Theatre on Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 136 performances.
The musical comedy Florodora plays at The New York Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a lengthy run.
Anna Held is starring in the musical comedy The Little Duchess at The Casino Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA. The show will run on Broadway for a total of 144 performances.
Klaw And Erlanger's Troubadours present Harry B. Smith's musical comedy The Liberty Belles at The Madison Square Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA.
The musical comedy Dolly Varden is presented at The Herald Square Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 163 performances.
The Broadway Burlesquers are playing at The Dewey Theatre, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
The Bostonians troupe performs the musical comedy The Serenade at The Tivoli Theatre, San Francisco, California, USA.
A "brilliant, frisky, English musical novelty, The French Maid, performed by the "Greatest cast Ever Seen In San Francisco", closes at Fischer's Theatre, San Francisco, California, USA.
The comic opera Merrie England is playing at The Savoy Theatre, London, England, UK, during a run of 120 performances.
The Sultan Of Sulu, billed as a "merry musical modern satire" continues a lengthy run at The Studebaker Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Original Eastern Burgomaster Players perform The Explorers at The Century Theatre, St. Louis, Missouri, USA. The show is billed as "This season's musical sensation", featuring "All of the original girlie choristers".
The Miyo San Operetta Company, Dave Gennaro And Ray Bailey (billed as "originators of the real ragtime cake walk") and singing comedienne Blanche Ring are among the acts on offer at Chase's Theatre, Washington DC, USA.
The Thoroughbreds Burlesquers are appearing at The Star Theatre, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.
Fiddle Dee Dee, starring Kolb And Dill, begins its sixth week at Fischer's Theatre, San Francisco, California, USA.
Rose Sydell's London Belles present their burlesque show at Kernan's Theatre, Washington DC, USA.
The Singing Girl! with music by Victor Herbert, plays at The Tivoli Opera House, San Francisco, California, USA.
The musical Fascinating Flora, starring popular comedy singer Adele Ritchie, plays at The Theatre Nelson, Logansport, Indiana, USA, for one night only.
Young's Musical Comedy Co. present The Pride Of New York for the second night of a week at The Masonic Opera House, Marshfield, Oregon, USA. The show is billed as a 'screaming satire with full cast and beauty chorus'.
The musical comedy Funabashi opens at The Casino Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, where it will run for 32 performances.
The musical Marriage A La Carte is presented at The Casino Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 64 performances.
Nick's Roller Skating Girls, billed as "a sextette of stunning beauties, introducing a varied programme of dancing on ball-bearing rollers", headline at The Empress Theatre, Portland, Oregon, USA. The bill also includes "the unusually talented and beautiful" comic vocalist Marie Stoddard, plus Gilbert Losee, billed as "America's vocal phenomenon ... the triple-voiced vocalist".
Crawford And Humphrey's Bon Ton Musical Comedy Co. is presenting Col. Bullets at The Palmetto Theatre, Anderson, South Carolina, USA.
The musical comedy Lady Billy, starring Mitzi, opens at The Liberty Theatre, New York City, USA, where it will run for 188 performances.
The musical comedy Mayflowers, with music by Edward Künneke and lyrics by Clifford Grey, opens at The Forrest Theatre [now known as the Eugene O'Neill Theatre] on Broadway, New York City, USA, where it will run for 81 performances.
The musical comedy Show Girl closes at the Ziegfeld Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, after having run for 111 performances. Show Girl boasted actress, singer and dancer Ruby Keeler in the starring role as Dixie Dugan, performing songs by George and Ira Gershwin, Gus Kahn and Jimmy Durante.
The musical comedy Ballyhoo Of 1930 is presented at Hammerstein's Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 68 performances.
Noel Coward and Gertrude Lawrence record dialogue and duets from Tonight at 8.30 in London, UK.
After a run of 374 performances, the musical comedy Pal Joey, starring Gene Kelly, with music by Rodgers And Hart, closes at The St. James Theatre, New York City, USA.
The anarchic musical comedy movie Hellzapoppin', starring Olsen and Johnson opens at cinemas in Sweden, Europe.
Stan Freberg records John And Marsha for Capitol Records in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. (Capitol executives originally did not understand this record and weren't going to release it until a test audience showed a strong reaction to it.)
The musical Guys And Dolls is presented at The 46th Street Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 1200 performances.
The musical comedy Paint Your Wagon is playing at The Shubert Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 289 performances.
Spike Jones records Oh Happy Day, Lulu Had A Baby and Three Little Fishes at (probably) RCA Victor Studio, 1016 North Sycamore Street, Hollywood, California, USA.
The comedy musical film Road To Bali, starring Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour, is released to cinemas in France, Europe.
Mark Dinning records the novelty pop song Top Forty, News, Weather And Sports in New York City, USA, for MGM Records. The song will become controversial because it mentions Congolese Prime Minister, Patrice Lumumba, who will be assassinated soon after release of the record. As a result, records are withdrawn from shops and replaced with a new version with a more acceptable lyric.
The Bachelors and The Rockin' Berries are playing at The ABC, Great Yarmouth, England, UK.
Freddie And The Dreamers perform I'm Telling You Now and A Little You on The Red Skelton Hour on CBS tv in the USA.
The Kirby Stone Four are playing at The Scotch Mist, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
I'm The Urban Spaceman by The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band is released in the USA. Producer of this hit single is Paul McCartney of The Beatles.
Columbia Records begins a brief marketing campaign based around the slogan, "The Man Can't Bust our Music". The intention is to ingratiate Columbia with music-buying hippies. Unfortunately for Columbia, hippies firmly believe that major record labels and 'the man' are virtually synonymous, so this appallingly patronising campaign backfires, making the label seem cynical and seriously out of touch.
The Wiz, a contemporary musical re-make of the movie Wizard Of Oz, featuring an all-black cast, opens at The Morris A. Mechanic Theatre, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
Bob Dylan, seeking a new record producer with whom to collaborate, visits Frank Zappa at his home and plays him some new songs.
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