OCTOBER 10: The Daily Flashback
1865: The billiard ball was patented by John Wesley Hyatt.
1886: The tuxedo dinner jacket made its American debut in New York City.
1887: Thomas Edison organized the Edison Phonograph Company.
1902: Kalamazoo, Michigan, mandolin maker Orville Gibson founded the Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Mfg. Co, Ltd.
1933: Dreft, the first synthetic detergent, went on sale.
1935: The Gershwins’ opera Porgy and Bess opened on Broadway.
1958: Eddie Cochran recorded “C’mon Everybody.”
1964: The Shangri-Las’“Leader of the Pack” was released.
1965: The Red Baron made his first appearance in the “Peanuts” comic strip.
1966: The self-titled debut album from The Monkees was released.
1969: King Crimson’s In the Court of the Crimson King was released, considered by many to be the first progressive rock album.
1970: Pink Floyd’s Atom Heart Mother was released.
1972: James Brown met with President Richard Nixon in the White House and endorsed him for re-election.
1977: Joe Namath played the last game of his NFL career.
1985: Luciano Pavarotti’s 1976 Christmas album 0 Holy Night became the first classical album certified platinum, with sales of over a million copies in America.
1987: Tom McClean finished rowing across the Atlantic Ocean, setting the record at 54 days and 18 hours.
1988: The U2 album Rattle and Hum was released.
1992: Country music rules, as The Chase by Garth Brooks debuted at No. 1 on the album chart, supplanting Some Gave All by Billy Ray Cyrus, which had held the top spot for 17 weeks.
1995: Peter Frampton released Frampton Comes Alive II.
1997: Designed by Frank Gehry, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, opened to the public.
2007: Radiohead took an innovative approach with the release of their seventh studio album, In Rainbows, by offering it as a pay-what-you-want download. Most people paid nothing for the download.
1813: Giuseppe Verdi
1900: Helen Hayes
1914: Ivory Joe Hunter
1917: Thelonious Monk
1924: Ed Wood
1928: Ennio Morricone
1930: Harold Pinter
1942: Peter Coyote
1946: John Prine
1948: Cyril Neville
1953: Midge Ure
1954: David Lee Roth
1958: Tanya Tucker
1959: Kirsty MacColl
1961: Martin Kemp
1965: Rebecca Pidgeon
1963: Edith Piaf
2010: Solomon Burke