DECEMBER 3: The Daily Flashback
1828: Andrew Jackson was elected president of the United States.
1925: George Gershwin premiered his “Concerto In F,” the first jazz concerto for piano and orchestra, at New York City’s Carnegie Hall.
1931: Alka Seltzer went on sale for the first time.
1947: Tennessee Williams’ play “A Streetcar Named Desire” opened at Broadway’s Ethel Barrymore Theater.
1960: The Lerner and Loewe musical “Camelot” opened on Broadway at the Majestic Theatre, featuring Richard Burton and Julie Andrews.
1961: The Beatles met Brian Epstein for the first time at his Liverpool record store, NEMS.
1964: The animated TV special “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” debuted on CBS-TV, with Burl Ives as the voice of Sam the Snowman.
1966: In Honolulu, The Monkees performed a live concert for the first time.
1967: In Cape Town, South Africa, a team of surgeons headed by Dr. Christian Barnard, performed the first human heart transplant on Louis Washkansky.
1968: A TV special simply called “Elvis” aired on NBC-TV, drawing a huge audience and revitalizing the career of Elvis Presley.
1973: After being launched from Cape Canaveral on March 2, 1972, Pioneer 10 sent back the first close-up images of Jupiter.
1976: During the shoot for Pink Floyd’s Animals album cover, a 40-foot inflatable pig being photographed at Battersea Power Station broke free, reaching a height of 18,000 feet before coming down in Kent.
1979: At Cincinnati’s Riverfront Coliseum, 11 Who fans were trampled to death in the rush to gain admittance for general admission seats to the band’s concert.
1986: A lawsuit was filed against Judas Priest and CBS Records, alleging that two fans shot themselves after listening to the band’s music for six hours.
1988: Carole King and Gerry Goffin received a Lifetime Achievement award from the National Academy of Songwriters.
1991: Gilby Clarke replaced Izzy Stradlin as rhythm guitarist for Guns ‘N Roses.
1992: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards announce that Bill Wyman, their bass player since 1962, would be leaving the Rolling Stones.
1999: Tori Murden became the first woman to row across the Atlantic Ocean alone, taking 81 days to reach the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe from the Canary Islands.
2002: After 25 years, Peter Garrett announced that he had quit Midnight Oil.
2015: A live adaptation of The Wiz aired on NBC-TV, featuring Ne-Yo (the Tin Man), Mary J. Blige (the Wicked Witch of the West), Queen Latifah (The Wiz), Common (the gatekeeper to Oz), Shanice Williams (Dorothy) and Stephanie Mills (who played Dorothy in the original stage production) as Aunt Em.
2016: Leonard Cohen made his debut on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart when his original version of “Hallelujah” entered at No. 59, thanks to a spike in sales following his death.
1857: Joseph Conrad
1903: Carlos Montoya
1907: Connee Boswell
1925: Ferlin Husky
1927: Andy Williams
1930: Jean-Luc Godard
1940: John Cale
1948: Ozzy Osbourne
1949: Mickey Thomas
1954: Steve Forbert
1960: Julianne Moore
1585: Thomas Tallis
2014: Ian McLagan
2015: Scott Weiland