JANUARY 3: The Daily Flashback
1823: Stephen F. Austin received a grant from the Mexican government and began colonization in the region of the Brazos River in Texas.
1825: The first engineering college in the U.S., Rensselaer School, opened in Troy. It is now known as Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
1888: The drinking straw was patented by Marvin C. Stone.
1924: English explorer Howard Carter discovered the sarcophagus of Tutankhamen in the Valley of the Kings, near Luxor, Egypt.
1951: “Dragnet” debuted on NBC-TV.
1956: Elvis Presley performed at the Von Theater in Booneville, Mississippi, where he was advertised as “The Folk Music Fireball.”
1957: The Hamilton Watch Company introduced the first electric watch.
1959: Alaska became the 49th state.
1964: The Beatles made their first appearance on U.S. television in a film clip of “She Loves You” was shown on the “Jack Paar Show.”
1967: The Beach Boys’ Carl Wilson refused to be sworn in after receiving a U.S. Army draft notice, declaring that he was a conscientious objector.
1970: The Beatles recorded “I Me Mine,” the last song that the band would record together.
1970: Syd Barrett released The Madcap Laughs.
1973: CBS sold the New York Yankees to a 12-man syndicate headed by George Steinbrenner for $10 million.
1976: The Bay City Rollers’ song “Saturday Night” hit No. 1.
1981: David Bowie finished his Broadway run as the title character in the play, The Elephant Man.
1987: The second class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was announced, including the first woman: Aretha Franklin. Also announced were The Coasters, Eddie Cochran, Bo Diddley, Marvin Gaye, Bill Haley, Clyde McPhatter, Rick Nelson, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Smokey Robinson and Jackie Wilson.
1997: Bryant Gumbel signed off for the final time as host of NBC-TV’s “Today” show.
2000: Charles M. Schulz’s final “Peanuts” original daily comic strip appeared in newspapers.
2004: Britney Spears married her childhood friend Jason Alexander (no, not the actor) at the Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas.
1892: J.R.R. Tolkien
1909: Victor Borge
1926: George Martin
1943: Van Dyke Parks
1945: Stephen Stills
1946: John Paul Jones
1969: James Carter
1980: Amos Milburn
2014: Phil Everly