AUGUST 17: The Daily Flashback
1790: The capital city of the U.S. moved from New York City to Philadelphia.
1807: Robert Fulton’s “North River Steam Boat” (aka the Clermont) began heading up New York’s Hudson River on its successful round-trip to Albany.
1848: 500 buildings burned, and $3,000,000 in property was lost in the Great Fire of Albany.
1903: Joseph Pulitzer donated a million dollars to Columbia University, starting the Pulitzer Prizes in his name.
1950: The Weavers’ “Goodnight Irene” hit No. 1.
1960: The Beatles started their run at the Indra Club in Hamburg, Germany, honing their skills with four-hour sets where they play lots of R&B covers along with their original songs.
1961: The Communist East German government completed construction of the Berlin Wall.
1969: The Woodstock Music & Art Fair featured performances by Joe Cocker; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; Blood, Sweat & Tears; and Country Joe & The Fish, who perform their famous “Fish Cheer.”
1984: On the opening night of his Breaking Hearts Tour, Elton John announced that he was retiring from touring.
1991: Nirvana shot their video for “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”
1992: Wayne Newton filed for bankruptcy, claiming debts of over $20 million.
1997: The Hank Snow Country Music Centre was dedicated in Liverpool, Nova Scotia.
2002: The Charles M. Schulz Museum opened to the public in Santa Rosa, California.
1893: Mae West
1919: Georgia Gibbs
1923: Larry Rivers
1939: Luther Allison
1943: Robert De Niro
1955: Kevin Welch
1958: Belinda Carlisle
1962: Gilby Clark
1964: Maria McKee
1965: Steve Gorman
1969: Donnie Wahlberg
1990: Pearl Bailey