JANUARY 22: The Daily Flashback
1874: A patent was issued to Samuel W. Francis for the spork.
1889: The Columbia Phonograph Company was formed in Washington, DC. The record label eventually morphed into the Columbia Broadcast System, better known today as CBS.
1938: Thornton Wilder’s play Our Town was performed publicly for the first time, in Princeton, New Jersey.
1953: Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible opened on Broadway.
1960: Sam Cooke signed a deal with RCA Records.
1961: Wilma Rudolph set a world indoor record in the women’s 60-yard dash – 6.9 seconds.
1963: The Drifters recorded “On Broadway.”
1968: “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In” debuted on NBC-TV.
1969: Neil Young released his self-titled debut solo album.
1972: Don McLean’s album American Pie hit No. 1.
1979: Lynyrd Skynyrd reunited at the Volunteer Jam in Nashville, marking the first time the band played since the 1977 plane crash that killed three of their members.
1981: The John Lennon tribute issue of Rolling Stone was published with the famous Annie Leibovitz photo of a naked Lennon embracing a fully-clothed Yoko Ono.
1983: Bjorn Borg retired from tennis. He had set a record by winning five consecutive Wimbledon championships.
1984: Apple introduced the Macintosh during the third quarter of Super Bowl XVIII.
1989: Metallica’s first music video, “One,” made its debut, clocking in at 7:44.
1998: Toni Braxton filed for Chapter 7 protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Los Angeles, listing liabilities of more than $1 million.
2002: Kmart Corp. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, making it the largest retailer in history to seek legal protection from its creditors.
2004: Famed New York City nightclub the Bottom Line closed its doors forever after nearly 30 years in business.
1788: Lord Byron
1904: George Balanchine
1924: J.J. Johnson
1931: Sam Cooke
1937: Seymour Cassel
1938: Wolfman Jack
1949: Steve Perry
1952: Teddy Gentry
1960: Michael Hutchence
1965: DJ Jazzy Jeff
1985: Orianthi Panagaris