DECEMBER 26: The Daily Flashback
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.
1891: Henry Miller
1921: Steve Allen
1935: Duke Fakir
1940: Phil Spector
1963: Lars Ulrich
1979: Chris Daughtry
1974: Jack Benny
1999: Curtis Mayfield
2012: Fontella Bass