Morgan Robertson publishes "Futility, or The Wreck of the Titan"
Mother Miriam Eleanor Hopley (housewife, amateur cellist), born June
Raymond Roussel’s "Locus Solus" published
RMS Titanic sinks on maiden voyage at 41° 43.5’N 49° 56.8’W, North Atlantic, April 14/15
Raymond Roussel’s "Impressions d’Afrique" published
Marcel Duchamp gives up art for chess
Sister Pamela born January
Sister Hazel born September
Death of Raymond Roussel, July 14
Brother Andrew born September
Death of Goole-born marine artist Reuben Chappell (b. 1870)
"New Complexity" composer Brian Ferneyhough born, also January 16; GB points to the differences in their upbringings: "Ferneyhough was born in Coventry, which was subject to heavy German bombing, whereas I was brought up in Goole, where the only wartime incident was when two RAF planes collided over the river. I became a kind of laid-back English ironist and he became a hard-line European modernist"
Brother Quentin born, May
"My first clear memory is of my mother practising the cello."
Collège de "Pataphysique" founded
Death of Gerald Tyrwhitt(-Wilson), Lord Berners (b. 1883)
Encounters the work of Jules Verne
Walter Lord publishes "A Night to Remember", about Titanic sinking; subsequently filmed
Death in Glasgow of Harold Bride, junior wireless officer, RMS Titanic, April 29
Goole AFC reach third round of F.A. Cup before going down to Nottingham Forest
Death of composer Joseph Holbrooke (b. 1878)
Foundation of Oulipo (Ouvroir de littérature potentielle), as a branch of the Collège de 'Pataphysique, November
George Maciunas (1931-1978) uses Fluxus name for first time
Studies philosophy, University of Sheffield, to 1964
GB meets guitarist Derek Bailey (1930-2005), drummer Tony Oxley (b. 1938) and pianist Gerry Rollinson (b. 1938)
Cornelius Cardew (1936-1981) begins his open-form piece "Treatise" (1963-1967)
Forms trio Joseph Holbrooke with Bailey and Oxley, autumn
Studies bass at Northern School of Music, to 1966; freelance bassist
Improvising group AMM (not an acronym) formed by saxophonist Lou Gare (b. 1939), percussionist Eddie Prévost (b. 1942) and guitarist Keith Rowe (b. 1940), with Cornelius Cardew and Christopher Hobbs joining later
Yoko Ono meets John Lennon under her piece "Hammer a Nail" at Indica Gallery, London, November 9
AMM records iconic The Crypt sessions, June/July
Promenade Theatre Orchestra formed by composer John White (b. 1936): GB says, "John is one of the great living composers, a real unsung hero, an absolute genius".
Cage’s "HPSCHD", with contributions by GB, premiered at Champaign-Urbana.
Harold Budd (b. 1936) creates "The Candy Apple Revision", D♭ chord for any instrumentation), subsequently records with Bryars for Obscure.
"1, 1, 1-2-3-4" (unspecified), performed Liverpool.
Centenary of first publication of Jules Verne’s (1828-1905) "Une fantaisie du docteur Ox".
Gavin Bryars' Mother remarries, Dr Sidney Appleton, July and Michael Nyman (b. 1944) publishes Experimental Music: "Cage and Beyond".
Meets American composer John Adams (b. 1947) following a year-long correspondence and works with him in San Francisco.
"Ponukelian Melody" (ensemble), performed Lucy Milton Gallery, London, May; later revised.
Death of novelist and pataphysician Raymond Queneau (b. 1903); director Peter Greenaway (b. 1942) makes a film called "Goole By Numbers".
"Garden furniture" concert organised by John White at Air Gallery, London, inspires "Poggioli in Zaleski's Gazebo".
Death of stepfather Dr Appleton, July.
"The Cross-Channel Ferry" (ensemble, "elastic scoring"), performed Paris, November.
Death of pianist Bill Evans, September 15.
Death in hit-and-run accident of Cornelius Cardew, December 13.
Birth of second daughter Orlanda, December 4.
"Les Fiançailles" (ensemble), performed Vienna, May; "Allegrasco" (instrumental), performed Leicester, December.
Los Angeles Olympics; full-scale presentation of the "CIVIL WarS" cancelled through shortage of funds, April.
Wreck of RMS Titanic discovered, September 1; death of sister Hazel, October.
"Sub Rosa" (ensemble; after Bill Frisell), performed Gent, November.
Death of Morton Feldman, September 3.
Bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland; Bill Cadman is one of 270 victims, December 21.
"Alaric I or II" (saxophone quartet), performed Leicester, October.
Channel 4 (UK) broadcasts television documentary on GB’s work, produced by David Rowan (d. 2003).
"String Quartet No 2", performed Huddersfield, December.
Death of John Cage, August 12.
Point Recording of "Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet", with vocals by Tom Waits (b. 1949) is nominated for Mercury Music Prize.
Schott becomes GB’s music publisher.
"Cello Concerto" (Farewell to Philosophy) , performed London, November.
"The Adnan Songbook" (soprano, ensemble), performed Almeida Festival, London, July.
Projected ENO premiere of opera "Dr Ox's Experiment", with libretto by poet Blake Morrison (b.1950), is cancelled.
Lockerbie Memorial Concert, December 21
" (choir, orchestra), Billesdon, Leicestershire, December.
String Quartet No 3, performed Cheltenham, July
Broadcast of West German tv portrait
GB starts own imprint GB Records, with recording of "BIPED
", for the Merce Cunningham company
Death of Earle Brown (b. 1926)
"From Egil's Saga
" (bass voice, opt choir, strings), performed Cambridge, November
Cornelius Cardew 70th birthday memorial event, Cecil Sharp House, London, April
GB meets Faroese singer Eivør Palsdottir and conducts work for her and Rúni Brattaberg in Faroe Island
Last survivor of Titanic, Milvina Dean, dies at 97, May
Queens Park Rangers win League Championship; promoted to Premier League
Norwegian Chamber Orchestra present "The Voice of St Columba
" with the Hilliard Ensemble as part of their farewell year
" premieres at the McPherson Playhouse, Victoria (Canada), commissioned and presented by Aventa, starring Eivør Pálsdóttir as Marilyn