SEPTEMBER 13: The Daily Flashback
1814: Francis Scott Key was inspired to write “The Star-Spangled Banner” during the British attack of Fort McHenry.
1948: The School of Performing Arts opened in New York City. It was the first public school to specialize in performing arts.
1960: The U.S. Federal Communications Commission banned payola.
1965: The Beatles’ recording “Yesterday” was released.
1967: Joe Tex recorded “Skinny Legs And All.”
1969: John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Plastic Ono Band made their live debut at Toronto’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival Concert with Eric Clapton on guitar.
1971: National Guardsmen stormed the Attica Correctional Facility and put an end to the four-day prison revolt. A total of 43 people were killed in the final assault.
1973: The New York Dolls performed “Trash” and “Personality Crisis” on “The Midnight Special” TV show.
1979: Abba launched their first (and only) North American tour at the Edmonton Sports Arena in Alberta.
1980: The TV series “Solid Gold” premiered with host Dionne Warwick
1989: Sting made his stage debut in The Threepenny Opera in Washington, DC.
1993: “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” premiered on NBC-TV.
1994: The Notorious B.I.G.’s debut solo album, Ready to Die, was released, the first album issued on Sean Combs’ Bad Boy label.
1997: Elton John’s rewritten version of “Candle in the Wind” that he played at Princess Diana’s funeral a week earlier is released as a single, selling a record 600,000 copies the first day in Britain alone, where it became the best selling single of all time.
2008: Come Dancing, a musical devoted to the music of The Kinks, opened in London.
2009: “Yo Taylor, I’m really happy for you, and I’ma let you finish, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time.” When Taylor Swift won for Best Female Video at the MTV Video Music Awards, Kanye West came on stage and commandeered the microphone, explaining that Beyoncé deserved the award for her “Single Ladies” video.
2011: The B-52s played their first ever show in Idaho, finally performing their song “Private Idaho” in the state that inspired it.
1874: Arnold Schoenberg
1911: Bill Monroe
1916: Dick Haymes
1922: Charles Brown
1925: Mel Torme
1928: Robert Indiana
1941: David Clayton-Thomas
1944: Peter Cetera
1952: Don Was
1961: Dave Mustaine
1965: Zak Starkey
1968: Bernie Williams
1977: Fiona Apple
1993: Niall Horan
1977: Leopold Stokowski
1996: Tupac Shakur