JANUARY 8: The Daily Flashback
1705: Georg Friedrich Handel’s opera Almira premiered in Hamburg.
1790: George Washington delivered the first State of the Union address.
1815: The Battle of New Orleans began. The War of 1812 had officially ended on December 24, 1814, with the signing of the Treaty of Ghent, but that news hadn’t reached British troops in time to prevent their attack on New Orleans.
1877: Crazy Horse and his warriors fought their final battle against the U.S. Cavalry in Montana.
1901: The first tournament sanctioned by the American Bowling Congress was held in Chicago.
1925: Russian composer Igor Stravinsky appeared in his first American concert, conducting the New York Philharmonic Orchestra in a program of his own compositions.
1957: Jackie Robinson announced his retirement from major league baseball in an article that appeared in Look magazine.
1958: At age 14, Bobby Fisher won the United States Chess Championship for the first time.
1960: In Hollywood, Eddie Cochran recorded “Three Steps to Heaven,” which turned out to be his final recording session and his only No. 1 hit single in the UK.
1962: Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” was exhibited in America for the first time at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. The next day the exhibit opened to the public.
1966: Featuring The Kinks and The Who, the final episode of “Shindig!” was broadcast on ABC-TV.
1968: Stax Records released Otis Redding’s “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” and Sam & Dave’s “I Thank You.”
1973: Yoko Ono’s Approximately Infinite University was released as a two-record set.
1974: Kiss signed their first recording deal, with Casablanca Records.
1979: Rush was named the Canada’s official Ambassadors of Music by the Canadian government.
1981: Linda Ronstadt made her Broadway debut alongside Rex Smith and Kevin Kline in the revival of The Pirates of Penzance, which runs for 787 performances.
1993: On what would have been Elvis’s 58th birthday, a 29-cent stamp with his image was officially dedicated at a Graceland ceremony.
1994: Tonya Harding won the ladies’ U.S. Figure Skating Championship in Detroit, a day after Nancy Kerrigan dropped out because of a clubbing attack that injured her right knee.
2016: David Bowie’s Blackstar album was released on his 69th birthday, just two days before he died.
1926: Soupy Sales
1935: Elvis Presley
1937: Shirley Bassey
1940: Jerome “Little Anthony” Gourdine
1942: Stephen Hawking
1946: Robby Krieger
1947: David Bowie
1967: R. Kelly
and happy birthday to Andrzej Pilarczyk, too…
2015: Andraé Crouch