JANUARY 2: The Daily Flashback

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1842: In Fairmount, Pennsylvania, the first wire suspension bridge was opened to traffic. 1843: Richard Wagner’s opera, Der Fliegende Hollander (The Flying Dutchman), had its premiere in Dresden. 1892: Ellis Island opened as America’s first federal immigration center. Annie Moore, at age 15, became the first person to pass through. 1926: The first issue of the legendary British music magazine Melody Maker was published, promising news and information for “all who are interested in the production of popular music.” 1929: The United States and Canada reached an agreement on joint action to preserve Niagara Falls. 1941: The Andrews Sisters recorded “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.” 1950: Sam Phillips opened the Memphis Recording Service, which he later renamed Sun Studio. 1953: “The Life of Riley” debuted on NBC-TV. 1955: In Memphis, the funeral was held for blues star Johnny Ace, who accidentally shot himself on December 25, 1954. 1960: U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination. 1962: A scheduled appearance by The Weavers on “The Tonight Show” with host Jack Paar was canceled after the folk group refused to sign a statement denying any involvement with the Communist Party. 1965: Joe Namath signed the richest rookie contract (worth $400,000) in the history of pro football. 1971: In the U.S., a federally imposed ban on television cigarette advertisements went into effect. 1978: Wild Man Fischer’s album Wildmania was released on Rhino Records. 1979: The trial of ex-Sex Pistol, Sid Vicious for the October 1978 murder of his girlfriend Nancy Spungen, opened in New York City. 1983: The Broadway musical Annie closed at the Uris Theatre after 2,377 performances. 1999: Isaac Hayes’ “Chocolate Salty Balls (P.S. I Love You)” from the TV series “South Park” hit No. 1 in the UK. BIRTHDAYS 1920: Isaac Asimov 1930: Julius La Rosa 1936: Roger Miller 1961: Todd Haynes DEATHS 1974: Tex Ritter 1997: Randy California 2000: Nat Adderley 2014: Jay Traynor

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