DECEMBER 26: The Daily Flashback

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1865: The coffee percolator was patented by James H. Mason.
1898: Marie and Pierre Curie discovered radium.
1931: George Gershwin’s musical, “Of Thee I Sing,” opened at the Music Box Theatre in New York City. It became the first American musical to be awarded a Pulitzer Prize.
1939: W.C. Handy recorded the classic “St. Louis Blues.”
1944: At the Civic Theatre in Chicago, Tennessee Williams’ play The Glass Menagerie was performed publicly for the first time.
1955: Bill Haley and the Comets’ “See You Later Alligator” was released by Decca Records.
1957: The Champs released “Train to Nowhere,” which as the title implies, made no impact. But DJs loved the B-side, a saxy tune called “Tequila.” Three months later, it was the No. 1 song in America.

1961: Jay & The Americans recorded “She Cried.”
1963: In the U.S., Capitol Records released The Beatles’ “I Want to Hold Your Hand” backed with “I Saw Her Standing There.”
1967: The Beatles film, “Magical Mystery Tour,” premiered on BBC-TV.
1968: Led Zeppelin began their first U.S. tour in Denver, where they were the opening act for Vanilla Fudge.
1970: George Harrison became the first Beatle to top the Hot 100 as a solo artist as “My Sweet Lord” hit No. 1.
1982: Time magazine named a computer as the Man of the Year, marking the first time a non-human received the honor.
1986: After 35 years on the air, the final episode of “Search for Tomorrow” was broadcast on CBS-TV.

BIRTHDAYS
1891: Henry Miller
1921: Steve Allen
1935: Duke Fakir
1940: Phil Spector
1963: Lars Ulrich
1979: Chris Daughtry

DEATHS
1974: Jack Benny
1999: Curtis Mayfield
2012: Fontella Bass

2 Comments
  1. Fred says

    Hey, Nipper Town: The legendary Meters bassist George Porter, Jr. is 71 today.

  2. Jim Ketterer says

    On December 26, 1919, the Boston Red Sox sold Babe Ruth’s contract to the New York Yankees.

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