JANUARY 24: The Daily Flashback
1848: James W. Marshall discovered a gold nugget at Sutter’s Mill in northern California, leading to the Gold Rush of ’49.
1922: Christian K. Nelson patented the Eskimo Pie.
1935: In Richmond, Krueger Brewing Company put the first canned beer on sale.
1961: Bob Dylan arrived in New York City after dropping out of the University of Minnesota.
1962: The Beatles signed their first and only management contract with Brian Epstein at the manager’s offices at 12 Whitechapel St. in Liverpool.
1967: Aretha Franklin recorded her first Top 10 pop hit, “(I Never Loved a Man) The Way That I Love You,” at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.
1969: Opening for Blood Sweat & Tears, Jethro Tull played their first U.S. concert at New York City’s Fillmore East.
1974: Gram Parsons’ Grievous Angel was released.
1970: Dr. Robert Moog unveiled the “minimoog” synthesizer, one of the first portable synth keyboards, at a price of $2,000.
1989: Ted Bundy, the confessed serial killer, was put to death in Florida’s electric chair for the 1978 kidnap-murder of 12-year-old Kimberly Leach.
1995: The prosecution gave its opening statement at the O.J. Simpson murder trial.
1998: The “Titanic” soundtrack went to No. 1 in America, replacing Celine Dion’s Let’s Talk About Love. Both albums contain the hit song from the movie, “My Heart Will Go On.”
2000: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young opened the first tour of the full quartet in 25 years with a show at Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit.
2005: The second Britney Spears album, Oops!… I Did It Again, was certified Diamond for sales of over 10 million in America, making her the only female artist to reach this milestone with her first two albums.
2018: Elton John announced that he would retire from touring with a three-year Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour, which came to Albany’s Times Union Center on March 1, 2019.
1862: Edith Wharton
1917: Ernest Borgnine
1936: Doug Kershaw
1939: Ray Stevens
1941: Aaron Neville
1947: Warren Zevon
1949: John Belushi
1958: Jools Holland
1961: Nastassja Kinski
1968: Mary Lou Retton
1986: Gordon MacRae
2016: Butch Trucks