April 5, 1759: Carl Friedrich Abel (35) gives his first public concert in London, not long after arriving there from the continent.
December 8, 1762: Thomas Augustine Arne’s (52) pasticcio comic opera Love in a Village to words of Bickerstaff after Johnson, is performed for the first time, in Covent Garden, London. Included is music by Carl Friedrich Abel (38), Baldassare Galuppi (56), and Felice Giardini. It is very successful.
February 29, 1764: Johann Christian Bach (28) and Carl Friedrich Abel (40) give a joint concert for the first time at the Great Room in Spring Gardens, London. The many Bach-Abel concerts will have a significant impact on the musical life of London. Bach’s serenata La Galatea for three voices and orchestra to words after Metastasio is performed for the first time.
March 5, 1767: The aria Frena le belle lagrime by Carl Friedrich Abel (43) is performed for the first time, in the pasticcio Sifari, in the King’s Theatre, London.
January 14, 1769: The air Where can we run by Carl Friedrich Abel (45) is performed for the first time, in the comic opera Tom Jones, in Covent Garden, London.
May 2, 1772: The last Bach (36)-Abel (48) concert takes place at Mr. Almack’s Room, King Street. The two split amicably.
February 1, 1775: The Hanover Square Rooms, the newly renovated London theatre built by Johann Christian Bach (39), Carl Friedrich Abel (51) and Giovanni Andrea Gallini, is inaugurated with the first concert of a new season of the Bach-Abel series. The space will be used by concert-goers for a century.
January 6, 1782: The earthly remains of Johann Christian Bach are laid to rest in St. Pancras’ Churchyard, London. Neither Carl Friedrich Abel (58) nor Thomas Gainsborough are present. Only four friends attend, none of them musicians. The funeral is paid for by the Queen, but she refuses to make good Bach’s debts. (The graveyard no longer exists. A tennis court occupies the site.)
November 1, 1837: Karl von Abel replaces Georg Friedrich, Baron Zentner as President of the Council of Ministers of Bavaria.
February 28, 1844: On the Potomac River, the crew of the USS Princeton, demonstrating the ship’s armaments to top government officials, fires a cannon which explodes, killing Secretary of State Abel Upshur, Secretary of the Navy Thomas Gilmer, and several others while causing many injuries. President John Tyler, though on board, is unhurt.
March 1, 1847: Friedrich August Karl Maria Philipp Joseph, Baron zu Rhein replaces Karl von Abel as President of the Council of Ministers of Bavaria.
January 11, 1871: Franco-Prussian War: National Guard member Jules Massenet (28) writes to his wife from the Paris front, “Abel and I were sentries on the terrace near the Tuileries’s river banks about five in the morning when we heard the first shells moaning and shrieking. This particular noise is so nerve-wracking, and it was also so new and so strange…I am finishing my second orchestral suite as I sit by the fireplace and hear the boom-boom and bang-crash of 94-kilo shells…” (Massenet, 36)
April 2, 1889: Frederick Abel and James Dewar receive, on behalf of Her Majesty’s Government, a patent for cordite, a smokeless explosive.
November 18, 1945: The biblical cycle Genesis, organized by Nathaniel Shillkret, is performed for the first time, in Los Angeles. The constituent parts and their composers are: 1. Prelude-Arnold Schoenberg (71) 2. Creation-Shillkret 3. Adam and Eve-Alexandre Tansman 4. Cain and Abel-Darius Milhaud (53) 5. Noah’s Ark-Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco 6. The Covenant-Ernst Toch 7. The Tower of Babel-Igor Stravinsky (63).
June 21, 1957: Rudolf Abel is arrested by immigration officials in a hotel in New York. Agents find a treasure trove of espionage equipment in his hotel room.
August 7, 1957: Rudolf Abel is indicted by a federal grand jury in New York on three counts of espionage-related activities.
October 25, 1957: Rudolf Ivanovich Abel is convicted in a federal court in New York on three counts, 1. conspiracy to transmit US defense secrets to the USSR, 2. conspiracy to gather said secrets and 3. failure to register as a foreign agent.
February 10, 1962: American spy pilot Francis Gary Powers is exchanged for Soviet spy Rudolf Ivanovich Abel on the Glienicker Bridge between West Berlin and Potsdam.
April 24, 1979: Multi-racial elections are held in Rhodesia for the first time. The United African National Council of Bishop Abel Muzorewa wins a majority of seats.
August 29, 1980: Leftist terrorist leader Abelardo Collazo Araújo is shot to death by police in a Madrid subway station. One of his comrades is injured.