AUGUST 21: The Daily Flashback

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1841: John Hampton was issued a patent for venetian blinds.
1878: In Saratoga Springs, the American Bar Association was formed by a group of lawyers, judges and law professors.
1888: The adding machine was patented by William Burroughs.
1912: Arthur R. Eldred became the first American boy to become an Eagle Scout, the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America.
1923: In Kalamazoo, an ordinance was passed forbidding dancers from gazing into the eyes of their partner.
1938: Fats Waller recorded “Ain’t Misbehavin’.”
1959: Hawaii became the 50th state.
1961: Patsy Cline recorded “Crazy.”
1965: Barry McGuire’s “Eve of Destruction” was released.

1980: Linda Ronstadt made her Broadway debut in a production was Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance.
1990: The Jane’s Addiction album Ritual de lo Habitual was released.
1996: Former Talking Heads lead singer David Byrne sued to prevent the rest of the group from touring as “The Heads.” The suit was settled out of court.
2016: The Tragically Hip played their final concert, calling it quits at a show in lead singer Gord Downie’s hometown of Kingston, Ontario. Downie was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in December 2015.

BIRTHDAYS
1904: Count Basie
1928: Art Farmer
1938: Kenny Rogers
1939: James Burton
1944: Jackie DeShannon
1952: Joe Strummer
1954: Steve Smith
1980: Kelis
1988: Kacey Musgraves

DEATHS
2005: Robert Moog
2013: Sid Bernstein

1 Comment
  1. Don Wilcock says

    I was always shocked when the Armed Forces Vietnam Network played “Eve of Destruction” when I was stationed at Army Headquarters in Long Binh in 1969. It gave me confidence to write about underground rock in the Army Reporter, another reminder to the grunts in the field that if they could just survive their 365 days in hell, heaven awaited them in “Sounds from the World,” the title of my column.

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