JULY 19: The Daily Flashback

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Commander Cody
Happy birthday to Greater Nippertown’s own Commander Cody

Photograph by Ed Conway

1848: The Women’s Rights Convention took place in Seneca Falls.
1960: The San Francisco Giants’ Juan Marichal became the first pitcher to throw a one-hitter in his major league debut.
1966: 50-year-old Frank Sinatra married 20-year-old actress Mia Farrow.
1969: The Spencer Davis Group broke up.
1971: In New York, the topping out ceremony for Two World Trade Center (South Tower) took place. The ceremony for One World Trade Center had taken place on December 23, 1970.
1976: Deep Purple broke up.
1980: Vorpal Gallery in Laguna Beach, California, opened a new exhibit featuring paintings by Joni Mitchell, John Mayall, Klaus Voorman and Ron Wood.
1981: Roy Orbison Day was celebrated in Odessa, TX.
1984: Geraldine Ferraro was nominated by the Democratic Party to become the first woman from a major political party to run for the office of U.S. Vice-President.
1985: Joan Jett phoned up-and-coming heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson before his fight with Larry Sims, which Tyson won handily. The superstitious Tyson then insisted on getting a call from Jett before every fight, which he does until breaking tradition for his bout against Buster Douglas on February 11, 1990 – Tyson’s first loss.
1986: Genesis scored their first (and only) No. 1 hit when “Invisible Touch” topped the chart.
1995: Elvis Presley’s former doctor, Dr. George Nichopoulos, lost his medical license for being “too liberal” when prescribing addictive drugs.
2002: Solomon Burke Day was celebrated in Philadelphia.

BIRTHDAYS
1834: Edgar Degas
1922: George McGovern
1926: Sue Thompson
1937: George Hamilton IV
1941: Vikki Carr
1944: Commander Cody
1947: Bernie Leadon
1948: Keith Godchaux

DEATHS
1975: Lefty Frizzell
2001: Judy Clay

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