NOVEMBER 13: The Daily Flashback
1789: In a letter to a friend Benjamin Franklin wrote, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”
1805: Viennese butcher Johann George Lehner invented a recipe and called it the “frankfurter.”
1927: The Holland Tunnel opened to the public.
1937: NBC formed the first full-sized symphony orchestra exclusively for radio broadcasting with Arturo Toscanini as the conductor.
1940: The Walt Disney movie “Fantasia” had its world premiere at New York’s Broadway Theater.
1961: The Tokens’ “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” was released.
1965: The soundtrack of the movie “Sound of Music” hit No. 1 on the album chart.
1968: The Beatles’ animated movie “Yellow Submarine” premiered in the U.S.
1971: The U.S. spacecraft Mariner 9 became the first spacecraft to orbit another planet, Mars.
1975: Morris Albert’s “Feelings” was certified Gold. The single never rose higher than No. 6 on the Hot 100, but stayed on the chart for an amazing eight months.
1977: Al Capp’s comic strip “Li’l Abner” appeared in newspapers for the last time.
1982: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Washington, DC.
1987: Sonny and Cher reunited to sing “I Got You Babe” on “Late Night With David Letterman.”
1995: The Atlanta Braves’ Greg Maddox became the first major league pitcher to win four consecutive Cy Young Awards.
1997: The musical “The Lion King” opened on Broadway.
2006: After failing in their attempt at a video streaming service, Google bought YouTube, growing it into the second-most-popular website worldwide (after google.com).
2009: NASA announced that water had been discovered on the moon.
2010: Taylor Swift set a record by becoming the first female artist to place 11 songs on the Hot 100 at the same time.
2012: One Direction’s sophomore album “Take Me Home” was released.
2015: The blues-rock band Eagles of Death Metal were in the midst of performing their song “Kiss the Devil” at a sold-out show at Le Bataclan in Paris, France, when the venue is attacked by terrorists.
1850: Robert Louis Stevenson
1942: John Hammond Jr.
1944: Timmy Thomas
1946: Ray Wylie Hubbard
1947: Toy Caldwell
1949: Terry Reid
1967: Jimmy Kimmel
1868: Gioachino Rossini
1996: Bill Doggett
1998: Kenny Kirkland
2004: Ol’ Dirty Bastard
2016: Leon Russell