September 10, 1659: This is the possible date of birth of Henry Purcell, possibly in Westminster, Commonwealth of England, Scotland, and Ireland.
November 21, 1695: Henry Purcell dies, probably of tuberculosis, at Westminster, London, Kingdom of England, aged perhaps 36 years, two months, and eleven days. His earthly remains will be laid to rest beside the organ in Westminster Abbey, London.
November 20, 1895: As part of the bicentennial of the death of Henry Purcell, the Royal College of Music presents, at the Lyceum Theatre, the first performance of Dido and Aeneas since the composer’s life. The work is directed by Charles Villiers Stanford (43) and the student participants include Ralph Vaughan Williams (23) and Gustav Holst (21).
November 22, 1945: As part of the commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the death of Henry Purcell, Benjamin Britten’s The Holy Sonnets of John Donne op.35, a cycle for voice and piano, is performed for the first time, in Wigmore Hall, London by Peter Pears and the composer on his 32nd birthday.