12/6/18: The Daily Flashback
1790: The U.S. Congress moved from New York to Philadelphia.
1865: The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, abolishing slavery.
1877: Thomas Edison demonstrated the first gramophone, with a recording of himself reciting “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”
1883: The first issue of Ladies’ Home Journal was published.
1884: After 34 years, the construction of the Washington Monument was completed.
1917: Finland proclaimed independence from Russia.
1957: America’s first attempt at putting a satellite into orbit failed when the satellite blew up on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral.
1965: The Beatles’s Rubber Soul was released.
1969: The Rolling Stones headline the Altamont concert at a California speedway in California. It’s a free event with Jefferson Airplane and Santana also on the bill, but it turns violent when the Hells Angels motorcycle gang, who were hired as security, killed a crowd member.
1970: “Gimme Shelter” opened in the U.S.
1973: Gerald R. Ford was sworn in as the vice-president of the United States after vice-president Spiro Agnew resigned.
1975: Paul Simon’s Still Crazy After All These Years album hit No. 1.
1977: Jackson Browne’s Running on Empty was released, the first live album by a major rock artist to feature all new songs, rather than previous hits. It includes “Rosie,” recorded backstage at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.
1980: At The Ritz in NYC, U2 played their first show in the U.S., opening for 3-D.
1990: U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle was enshrined in the Little League Museum’s Hall of Excellence.
1993: At a video shoot for Travis Tritt’s remake of The Eagles’ “Take It Easy,” The Eagles themselves reunite and decide to re-form for new songs and a tour.
1995: Joni Mitchell was awarded the Billboard’s Century Award.
1997: Metallica performed “The Memory Remains” with Marianne Faithfull on NBC-TV’s “Saturday Night Live.”
2003: Elvis Costello and Diana Krall were married at Elton John’s London estate.
2013: The Fender Stratocaster that Bob Dylan played in his historic performance at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965 was purchased at auction for an astounding $965,000.
2015: Carole King was celebrated at the Kennedy Center Honors, where 73-year-old Aretha Franklin brought the audience to its feet with her towering rendition of “You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman,”
1896: Ira Gershwin
1920: Dave Brubeck
1924: Wally Cox
1936: David Ossman
1939: Steve Alaimo
1941: Helen Cornelius
1942: Len Barry
1943: Mike Smith
1944: Jonathan King
1947: Kim Simmonds
1954: Chris Stamey
1955: Steven Wright
1956: Peter Buck
1961: David Lovering
1949: Huddie “Leadbelly” Ledbetter
1988: Roy Orbison
2011: Dobie Gray