APRIL 5: The Daily Flashback
1892: The Ithaca Daily Journal published an ad introducing a new 10-cent ice cream specialty called a Cherry Sunday.
1895: Playwright Oscar Wilde lost his criminal libel case against the Marquess of Queensberry after being accused of homosexual practices.
1923: Joe Oliver and King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band (featuring a young Louis Armstrong) make the first jazz recordings by an African American band at Gennett Records in rural Richmond, Indiana.
1958: The first “Greatest Hits” compilation was released – Johnny Mathis’ Johnny’s Greatest Hits, which stays in the Billboard 200 Album chart for over nine years,
1977: Iggy Pop and David Bowie appeared on Dinah Shore’s TV special.
1978: Duran Duran made their live debut at the Lecture Theatre at Birmingham Polytechnic.
1980: R.E.M. played their first show in Athens, Georgia at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church.
1984: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar became the all-time NBA regular season scoring leader when he broke Wilt Chamberlain’s record of 31,419 career points.
1985: Thousands of radio stations played “We Are the World” simultaneously at 10:50am EST.
1993: Construction began on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.
1908: Bette Davis
1916: Gregory Peck
1926: Roger Corman
1934: Stanley Turrentine
1941: David LaFlamme
1944: Crispian St. Peters
1950: Agnetha Faltskog
1954: Peter Case
1966: Mike McCready
1967: Troy Gentry
1968: Paula Cole
1973: Pharrell Williams
1981: Bob “The Bear” Hite
1994: Kurt Cobain
1998: Cozy Powell
2002: Layne Staley
2006: Gene Pitney
2017: Paul O’Neill