SEPTEMBER 27: The Daily Flashback

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1894: The Aqueduct Race Track opened in New York City.
1938: The song “Thanks for the Memory” was premiered on the “The Bob Hope Show.”
1942: Glenn Miller and his Orchestra performed together for the last time. Miller volunteered for the U.S. Army and disappeared December 15, 1944 over the English Channel.
1943: “Pistol Packin’ Mama” and “Jingle Bells” were recorded by Bing Crosby, the Vic Schoen Orchestra and the Andrews Sisters.
1954: The “Tonight!” show made its debut on NBC-TV with Steve Allen as host.
1964: The Beach Boys appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show” for the first time, performing “I Get Around.”
1968: The Byrds’ Sweetheart of the Rodeo album was released in the U.K.
1976: After appearing on “The Porter Wagoner Show” for seven years, Dolly Parton got her own TV variety show, “Dolly!,” which premiered on ABC-TV.
1980: Kurtis Blow became the first rapper to appear on “Soul Train,” performing “The Breaks.”
1983: Larry Bird signed a seven-year contract with the Boston Celtics worth $15 million, making him the highest paid Celtic in history.
1989: Jeffrey Petkovich and Peter Debernardi went over the 176-foot-high Niagara Falls in a barrel, making them the first to ever survive the Horseshoe Falls.
1998: The St. Louis Cardinals’ Mark McGwire set a major league baseball record when he hit his 70th home run of the season.
2004: Record producer Phil Spector was charged with murder in the shooting death of Lana Clarkson at his California mansion in 2003.
2005: The White Stripes were the first to webcast a concert when their show at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Maryland was streamed on NPR.org.
2016: Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography, “Born to Run,” was published.

BIRTHDAYS
1936: Don Cornelius
1941: Don Nix
1943: Randy Bachman
1947: Meat Loaf
1954: Dougie MacLean
1958: Shaun Cassidy
1982: Lil Wayne
1984: Avril Lavigne

DEATHS
1986: Cliff Burton

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