OCTOBER 4: The Daily Flashback
1648: The first volunteer fire department was established in New York by Peter Stuyvesant.
1881: Edward Leveaux received a patent for the player piano.
1927: The carving began on Mount Rushmore.
1931: Chester Gould’s comic strip “Dick Tracy” made its debut in the Detroit Daily Mirror.
1933: The first issue of Esquire magazine was published.
1943: “Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby?” by Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five was released.
1957: The Soviet Union launched Sputnik I into orbit, the first manmade satellite to enter space.
1963: 17-year-old Eric Clapton made his debut with The Yardbirds at the Crawdaddy Club in Richmond, England.
1968: Cream began their announced farewell tour at Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland.
1969: Crosby, Stills & Nash’s “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” was released.
1974: John Lennon’s Walls and Bridges was released.
1982: The band Squeeze broke up.
1986: Newsman Dan Rather was attacked by a man who hit him from behind and repeats the phrase, “Kenneth, what is the frequency,” inspiring REM to write the song “What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?”
1992: The Broadway musical Anna Karenina closed after just 46 performances.
1996: Van Halen announced that Gary Cherone, formerly of Extreme, would replace Sammy Hagar.
2000: The Dixie Chicks were the big winners at the Country Music Association Awards, taking Entertainer of the Year, Album of the Year (for Fly), Vocal Group of the Year and Video of the Year (for “Goodbye Earl”).
2001: The San Francisco Giants’ Barry Bonds hit his 70th home run of the season to tie Mark McGwire’s major league record.
1884: Damon Runyon
1895: Buster Keaton
1929: Leroy Van Dyke
1944: Nona Hendryx
1946: Susan Sarandon
1961: Jon Secada
1970: Janis Joplin
1991: J. Frank Wilson
1994: Danny Gatton
1999: Art Farmer
2014: Paul Revere (of Paul Revere & The Raiders)