OCTOBER 9: The Daily Flashback
1781: The last major battle of the American Revolutionary War took place in Yorktown, Virginia, where the American forces, led by George Washington, defeated the British troops under Lord Cornwallis.
1855: Isaac Singer patented the sewing machine motor.
1888: The public was admitted to the Washington Monument for the first time.
1946: The first electric blanket went on sale in Petersburg, Virginia.
1965: The Beatles’ “Yesterday” hit No. 1 for the first of two weeks.
1967: Doc Severinsen replaced Skitch Henderson as musical director of “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.”
1980: Despite years of hits in the UK, Gary Glitter declared bankruptcy.
1985: Strawberry Fields, a 2½-acre garden memorial in NYC’s Central Park, was dedicated to John Lennon by his widow Yoko Ono.
1986: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Phantom of the Opera opened in London.
1987: Bruce Springsteen’s album Tunnel of Love was released.
2003: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II knighted Roger Moore and made Sting a CBE (Commander of the British Empire).
1813: Giuseppe Verdi
1835: Charles-Camille Saint-Saens
1939: O.V. Wright
1940: John Lennon
1944: John Entwistle
1945: Nona Hendryx
1948: Jackson Browne
1969: PJ Harvey
1975: Sean Lennon
1978: Jacques Brel
1999: Milt Jackson