AUGUST 21: The Daily Flashback
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.
1904: Count Basie
1928: Art Farmer
1938: Kenny Rogers
1939: James Burton
1944: Jackie DeShannon
1952: Joe Strummer
1954: Steve Smith
1988: Kacey Musgraves
2005: Robert Moog
2013: Sid Bernstein