AUGUST 15: The Daily Flashback
1057: Macbeth, the King of Scotland, was killed by the son of King Duncan.
1877: Thomas Edison wrote to the president of the Telegraph Company in Pittsburgh, stating that the word “hello” would be a more appropriate greeting than “ahoy” when answering the telephone.
1911: The product Crisco was introduced by Procter & Gamble Company.
1914: The Panama Canal was officially opened to commercial traffic as the SS Ancon sailed from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean.
1939: “The Wizard of Oz” premiered in Hollywood at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.
1945: The Allies proclaimed V-J Day a day after Japan agreed to surrender unconditionally.
1948: CBS-TV inaugurated the first nightly news broadcast with anchorman Douglas Edwards.
1961: East German workers began construction of the Berlin Wall.
1965: The Beatles played Shea Stadium – the first time a rock band headlined at a stadium.
1968: The Beatles recorded “Rocky Raccoon.”
1969: The Woodstock Music and Art Fair began at Max Yasgur’s farm in Bethel. Performers for Day One included Richie Havens, Joan Baez, Tim Hardin, Arlo Guthrie and Bert Sommer.
1973: Baltimore declared the day to be Cass Elliot Day.
1975: Peter Gabriel officially announced that he was leaving Genesis.
1980: George Harrison became the first of The Beatle to release an autobiography when his book “I Me Mine” was published.
1983: Paul Simon married Carrie Fisher. “Saturday Night Live” producer Lorne Michaels was Simon’s best man; Penny Marshall was Fisher’s maid of honor.
1994: Mayor Jerry Jennings declared the day to be Blotto Day in Albany during a ceremony at the band’s free concert in Washington Park.
1995: Spanish pop duo Los del Rio released the single “Macarena.”
1998: Pete Townshend, Joni Mitchell, Lou Reed, Richie Havens and Melanie play Day Two of the A Day in the Garden festival in Bethel.
2004: At their Coventry Festival in Vermont, Phish played what they said was their last show, ending with the song “The Curtain With.” The break-up proved temporary: in 2009, the band got back together.
2005: Leonard Cohen filed a lawsuit alleging that his former manager, Kelley Lynch, mismanaged his retirement funds to the tune of at least $5 million.
2007: The Osmonds reunited for the first time in over two decades to perform their 50th anniversary concert for PBS-TV.
1896: Leon Theremin
1909: Hugo Winterhalter
1925: Oscar Peterson
1928: Nicolas Roeg
1933: Bobby Helms
1934: Bobby Byrd
1941: Don Rich
1946: Michael Hochanadel
1948: Tom Johnston
1951: Bobby Caldwell
1989: Joe Jonas
1990: Jennifer Lawrence
1984: Norman Petty
2008: Jerry Wexler
2009: Jim Dickinson