DECEMBER 18: The Daily Flashback
1892: Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” publicly premiered in St. Petersburg, Russia.
1898: A new automobile speed record was set at 39 MPH.
1912: In East Sussex, the discovery of the Piltdown Man in East Sussex was announced. It wasn’t until 1953 that it was proven to be a hoax.
1920: Conductor Arturo Toscanini made his first recording for Victor Records.
1956: “To Tell the Truth” debuted on CBS-TV.
1961: The Tokens’ “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” with a chorus in poorly translated Zulu, topped the Hot 100.
1964: In Chicago, funeral services were held for Sam Cooke.
1965: Kenneth LeBel jumped over 17 barrels on ice skates.
1970: Divorce became legal in Italy.
1971: Jerry Lee Lewis and his cousin Myra Brown were divorced.
1975: Rod Stewart announced that he was leaving Faces for a solo career.
1979: The sound barrier was broken on land for the first time by Stanley Barrett when he drove at 739.6 MPH.
1984: Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” was No. 1 on the Billboard Pop Chart, her first No. 1 hit.
1999: After living atop an ancient redwood in Humboldt County, California for two years, environmental activist Julia “Butterfly” Hill came down, ending her anti-logging protest.
2003: In Santa Maria, Michael Jackson was charged with seven counts of molesting a child under 14 and two counts of supplying the child with “an intoxicating agent.”
2009: James Cameron’s movie “Avatar” was released in the United States. On January 26, the movie became the highest-grossing film worldwide.
2011: One Direction played their first show, performing at Watford Colosseum in London.
2016: Fifth Harmony announced that Camila Cabello was leaving the group.
1879: Paul Klee
1886: Ty Cobb
1919: Anita O’Day
1933: Lonnie Brooks
1938: Chas Chandler
1943: Keith Richards
1947: Steven Spielberg
1953: Elliot Easton
1966: Tracy Byrd
1980: Christina Aguilera
1737: Antonio Stradivari
2000: Kirsty MacColl
2011: Ralph MacDonald