SEPTEMBER 25: The Daily Flashback
1775: Ethan Allen was captured by the British during the American Revolutionary War. He was leading the attack on Montreal.
1789: The first U.S. Congress adopted 12 amendments to the Constitution. Ten of the amendments became the Bill of Rights.
1882: The first major league baseball double header was played. It was between the Worcester and Providence teams.
1890: The Sequoia National Park was established as a U.S. National Park in Central California.
1953: Liberace made his debut at Carnegie Hall for a sellout crowd.
1954: Elvis Presley appeared live on the Grand Ole Opry, performing “Blue Moon of Kentucky.”
1961: Bob Dylan played at Gerde’s Folk City in NYC, earning a glowing review by Robert Shelton in The New York Times, giving him his first major media exposure.
1964: The Temptations recorded “My Girl.”
1965: Willie Mays, at the age of 34, became the oldest player to hit 50 home runs in a single season. He had also set the record for the youngest to hit 50 ten years earlier.
1967: Little-known country singer Dolly Parton made her first appearance on “The Porter Wagoner Show,” singing two songs from her debut album, “Dumb Blonde” and “Something Fishy.”
1968: No more whistling “Dixie” for University of Miami students as the school becomes the first university to ban the controversial Confederate anthem from being played at public events.
1970: “The Partridge Family” debuted on ABC-TV.
1973: The Allman Brothers’ “Ramblin’ Man” was released.
1975: Jackie Wilson had a heart attack while performing “Lonely Teardrops” at the Dick Clark “Good Ol’ Rock ‘n’ Roll” revue in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. When he fell, he hit his head and went into a coma for four months. He regained consciousness but suffered brain damage that left him unable to walk or talk.
1979: The musical Evita opened on Broadway, the third collaboration of Tim Rice and Andre Lloyd Weber.
1981: Sandra Day O’Connor became the first female justice of the U.S. Supreme Court when she was sworn in as the 102nd justice.
1990: Dave Grohl replaced Chad Channing in Nirvana, becoming the fifth (and final) drummer for the band.
1992: In Orlando, a judge ruled in favor of 12-year-old Gregory Kingsley who was seeking a divorce from his biological parents.
1993: The U.S. Postal Service issued a Patsy Cline commemorative stamp.
1995: Ross Perot announced the formation of the Independence Party.
2001: XM Satellite Radio was launched, the first worldwide satellite radio station.
2017: At the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers played their last concert, as Petty dies a week later. The show was the last stop on the band’s 40th Anniversary tour.
1897: William Faulkner
1906: Dimitri Shostakovich
1932: Glenn Gould
1933: Ian Tyson
1936: Roosevelt “Booba” Barnes
1948: Bowtie Blotto
1951: Mark Hamill
1952: Christopher Reeve
1968: Will Smith
1983: Donald Glover
1980: John Bonham