DECEMBER 12: The Daily Flashback
Photograph by Stanley A. Johnson
1800: Washington, DC, was established as the capital of the United States.
1897: Rudolph Dirks’ comic strip “The Katzenjammer Kids” appeared in The New York Journal for the first time.
1899: George Grant patented the wooden golf tee.
1917: In Nebraska, Father Edward Flanagan opened Boys Town, a farm village for wayward boys.
1925: The first motel in the world, the Motel Inn, opened in San Luis Obispo, California.
1955: British engineer Christopher Cockerell patented the first hovercraft.
1964: The Righteous Brothers’ “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1970: In New Orleans, The Doors played their final concert with Jim Morrison.
1974: Mick Taylor left the Rolling Stones.
1987: U2 opened for themselves by pretending to be a country-rock group called the Dalton Brothers during a concert in Hampton, Virginia.
1998: Luciano Pavarotti became the first classical musician to perform on “Saturday Night Live” when he sang a duet with Vanessa Williams on “Adeste Fideles.”
2000: The Texas Rangers signed Alex Rodriguez to a record-breaking, 10-year, $252 million contract, an amount breaking all professional sports records.
2014: Nick Cannon filed for divorce from Mariah Carey.
1821: Gustave Flaubert
1863: Edvard Munch
1893: Edward G. Robinson
1915: Frank Sinatra
1918: Joe Williams
1938: Connie Francis
1940: Dionne Warwick
1942: Mike Pinder
1943: Dickey Betts
1944: Rob Tyner
1945: Tony Williams
1949: Paul Rodgers
1953: Bruce Kulik
1957: Sheila E.
1963: Eric Schenkman
1985: Ian Stewart
2007: Ike Turner