JANUARY 15: The Daily Flashback
1559: England’s Queen Elizabeth I was crowned in Westminster Abbey.
1892: Triangle magazine in Springfield, MA, published the rules for a brand new game. The original rules involved attaching a peach baskets to a suspended board. It is now known as basketball.
1943: In Arlington, Virginia, the Pentagon was dedicated as the world’s largest office building, covering 34 acres of land with 17 miles of corridors.
1953: Harry S. Truman became the first U.S. President to use radio and television to give his farewell as he left office.
1961: Motown Records signed The Supremes.
1967: The first Super Bowl was played, the Green Bay Packers defeating the Kansas City Chiefs, 35-10.
1968: The Byrds’ album, The Notorious Byrd Brothers, was released.
1972: Despite clocking in at eight minutes and 36 seconds, Don McLean’s “American Pie” hit No. 1 for the first of four weeks.
1974: “Happy Days” premiered on ABC-TV.
1976: Joe Walsh replaced Bernie Leadon on guitar for The Eagles.
1977: The Eagles’ Hotel California album hit No. 1, taking over the top spot from Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life.
1986: President Reagan signed legislation making Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday a national holiday to be celebrated on the third Monday of January.
2001: Wikipedia was launched.
2008: The iTunes Music Store reached 4 billion songs sold.
1622: Jean Baptiste Moliere
1909: Gene Krupa
1913: Lloyd Bridges
1929: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
1930: Earl Hooker
1941: Don Van Vliet
1949: Ronnie Van Zant
1957: Mario Van Peebles
1979: Drew Brees (Go Saints!)
1993: Sammy Cahn
1994: Harry Nilsson
2015: Kim Fowley
2018: Dolores O’Riordan