JULY 9: The Daily Flashback

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1877: Alexander Graham Bell, Gardiner Greene Hubbard, Thomas Sanders and Thomas Watson formed the Bell Telephone Company.
1878: Henry Tibbe patented the corncob pipe.
1922: Johnny Weissmuller became the first person to swim the 100 meters freestyle in less than a minute.
1955: Bill Haley & His Comets’ “Rock Around the Clock” became the first rock song to hit No. 1 on the Billboard Pop chart, where it stayed for eight weeks.
1956: Dick Clark made his debut as host of “Bandstand” on Philadelphia TV station WFIL. The name of the show was later changed to “American Bandstand” when it went to ABC-TV.
1958: Johnny Cash signed with Columbia Records.
1968: David Ruffin was fired from The Temptations after missing a show.
1977: Elvis Costello quit his day job as a computer operator at a cosmetic factory.
1991: Roy Acuff was awarded the National Medal of Honor by President George Bush.
1995: The Grateful Dead performed their last concert with Jerry Garcia at Chicago’s Soldier Field.
1997: Mike Tyson was banned from the boxing ring and fined $3 million for biting the ear of Evander Holyfield.
2005: Skateboarder Danny Way became the first person to jump across the Great Wall of China without motorized assistance.

BIRTHDAYS
1929: Lee Hazlewood
1946: Bon Scott
1947: O.J. Simpson
1961: Chris Cooper
1952: John Tesh
1953: David Ball
1956: Tom Hanks
1957: Marc Almond
1958: Jimmy Smits
1959: Jim Kerr
1964: Courtney Love
1975: Jack White

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