JULY 2: The Daily Flashback

Ahmad Jamal
Happy 88th birthday to jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal
Photograph by Albert Brooks 1857: New York City’s first elevated railroad officially opened for business. 1937: American aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart disappeared in the Central Pacific during an attempt to fly around the world at the equator. 1947: An object crashed near Roswell, New Mexico. The U.S. Army Air Force insisted it was a weather balloon, but eyewitness accounts led to speculation that it might have been an alien spacecraft. 1955: ABC-TV premiered “The Lawrence Welk Show.” 1956: Elvis Presley recorded “Hound Dog” and “Don’t Be Cruel.” 1962: Wal-Mart Discount City opened in Rogers, Arkansas. It was the first Walmart store. 1964: U.S. President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law. 1969: Mountain formed in Long Island with former Vagrants guitarist Leslie West at the helm. 1973: Brian Eno quit Roxy Music. 1979: In Rochester, the U.S. Mint officially released the Susan B. Anthony dollar coin. 1981: Bruce Springsteen played the first concert at the new, 21,000-seat Brendan Byrne Meadowlands Arena in New Jersey. 1982: Larry Walters took flight in his homemade airship that consisted of a lawnchair with 45 helium-filled weather balloons attached to it. He stayed in flight for about an hour. 1986: Directed by and starring Prince, the movie “Under the Cherry Moon” opened in theaters. 1991: Dr. Demento 20th Anniversary Collection: The Greatest Novelty Records of All Time was released. 1992: Mick Jagger became a grandfather when his daughter Jade gave birth to Assisi Lola Jackson. 2001: Liverpool renamed its airport the Liverpool John Lennon Airport after its famous native. 2005: Live 8 – a multi-location benefit festival featuring U2, Coldplay, Madonna, Dave Matthews Band, Pink Floyd, Jay-Z and Destiny’s Child among many others – was held in eight cities to raise awareness of poverty in Africa. BIRTHDAYS 1714: Christoph Willibald Gluck 1977: Hermann Hesse 1908: Thurgood Marshall 1925: Medgar Evers 1930: Ahmad Jamal 1947: Larry David 1949: Roy Bittan 1956: Jerry Hall 1983: Michelle Branch 1984: Johnny Weir DEATHS 1982: DeFord Bailey

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