JULY 11: The Daily Flashback
1804: The United States’ first Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton, was killed by Vice President Aaron Burr in a duel.
1914: Babe Ruth made his major league debut with the Boston Red Sox.
1951: On WJW in Cleveland, Alan Freed broadcast his first “Moondog House Rock and Roll Party,” marking the first radio show to use the phrase “Rock and Roll” and giving Freed a claim on the origin of the term. More importantly, Freed plays R&B music, which introduced the sound to a new (and mostly white) audience.
1955: Elvis Presley recorded “Mystery Train.”
1969: David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” single was rush-released to beat the moon landing, which happens nine days later.
1971: The first stage performance of Jesus Christ Superstar took place in Pittsburgh.
1976: Frank Sinatra married for the fourth time, this time to Barbara Marx, former wife of the Marx Brothers’ Zeppo Marx.
1979: The space station Skylab crashed to Earth after six years in space, burning up in the atmosphere and showering debris over the Indian Ocean and Australia.
1990: Steve Adler was fired from Guns N’ Roses.
2008: Apple released the iPhone 3G.
1947: Jeff Hanna
1953: Peter Brown
1957: Peter Murphy
1959: Suzanne Vega
1975: Lil’ Kim
1976: Ben Gibbard
1937: George Gershwin
1999: Helen Forrest
2011: Rob Grill
2014: Tommy Ramone