AUGUST 13: The Daily Flashback
1889: A patent for a coin-operated telephone was issued to William Gray.
1912: The first experimental radio license was issued to St. Joseph’s College in Philadelphia.
1924: Vernon Dalhart’s “The Prisoner’s Song” became the first country record to sell a million copies.
1934: Al Capp’s comic strip “L’il Abner” made its debut in newspapers.
1942: Walt Disney’s “Bambi” opened at Radio City Music Hall.
1952: In Los Angeles, CA, the original version of “Hound Dog” was recorded by Big Mama Thornton.
1965: Jefferson Airplane made their stage debut at the Matrix Club in San Francisco.
1966: The Lovin’ Spoonful’s “Summer in the City” hit No. 1.
1967: Fleetwood Mac made their stage debut at the Windsor Jazz & Blues Festival in Great Britain.
1973: Lynyrd Skynyrd’s debut album, Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd, was released, featuring “Tuesday’s Gone,” “Simple Man” and – wait for it – “Free Bird.”
1977: Bachman-Turner Overdrive announced that the group was splitting up. They reunited five years later.
1985: In support the album Dream of the Blue Turtles, Sting began his first solo tour of the U.S. in San Diego.
1990: Curtis Mayfield was paralyzed after a light rack fell on him before a concert in Brooklyn.
1993: Steely Dan, who broke up in 1981, re-formed and began a US tour at The Palace in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Walter Becker explains: “We spent all the money from the last tour. We made $800 each and it’s all gone now.”
2011: At the Indiana State Fair, tragedy struck before a Sugarland performance when a gust of high wind blew off rigging, causing the stage to collapse on the crowd, killing five attendees and injuring dozens more. Janet Jackson and Lady Antebellum, both of whom were scheduled to perform, cancelled their appearances.
2017: David Bowie makes a posthumous appearance in the TV series “Twin Peaks: The Return.” The late singer, who made a cameo appearance as a deranged FBI agent in the cult classic’s 1991 prequel, “Fire Walk With Me,” was supposed to return for the show’s revival but died before filming. Director David Lynch used archive footage from the movie to bring Bowie to life in the episode.
1895: Bert Lahr
1899: Alfred Hitchcock
1919: George Shearing
1930: Don Ho
1938: Dave “Baby” Cortez
1942: Son Seals
1948: Kathleen Battle
1961: Dan Fogelberg
1952: Hughie Thomasson
1958: Feargal Sharkey
1968: Joe Hinton
1971: King Curtis
1982: Joe Tex
2009: Les Paul