FEBRUARY 1: The Daily Flashback
1790: In New York City, the U.S. Supreme Court convened for the first time.
1862: “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” by Julia Ward Howe was first published in The Atlantic Monthly.
1884: The first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary was published.
1896: Puccini’s opera “La Boheme” premiered in Turin.
1898: The Travelers Insurance Company of Hartford issued the first automobile insurance policy. Dr. Truman Martin of Buffalo paid $11.25 for the policy, which gave him $5,000 in liability coverage.
1900: Eastman Kodak Co. introduced the $1 Brownie box camera.
1913: Grand Central Terminal (also known as Grand Central Station) opened in New York City, as the largest train station in the world.
1919: The first Miss America was crowned in New York City.
1962: Shelley Fabares debuted her single “Johnny Angel” on “The Donna Reed Show” episode “Donna’s Prima Donna.”
1963: At age 17, Neil Young performed his first professional date at a country club in Winnipeg.
1964: Indiana Governor Matthew Walsh banned The Kingsmen’s recording of “Louie Louie,” calling it “pornographic” and making (literally) a federal case out of it.
1965: James Brown recorded “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag” at the Arthur Smith Studios in Charlotte, North Carolina.
1967: Frank Sinatra and daughter Nancy Sinatra recorded “Somethin’ Stupid.”
1969: Joni Mitchell made her Carnegie Hall debut.
1972: Neil Young released the album Harvest featuring the hit, “Heart of Gold.”
1976: Despite their very public divorce and two ill-fated solo variety shows in the interim, “the Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour” reappeared on CBS-TV as “The Sonny and Cher Show.”
1988: The Cars disbanded.
1994: Green Day released their third album (their first on a major label), Dookie.
2002: Metallica’s Kirk Hammett became the first recipient of the annual Hall of Fame Award in Guitar World magazine.
2003: The Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated upon reentering Earth’s atmosphere, killing all seven crew members.
1859: Victor Herbert
1902: Langston Hughes
1934: Bob Shane
1937: Don Everly
1938: Jimmy Carl Black
1939: Del McCoury
1948: Rick James
1951: Mike Campbell
1954: Bill Mumy
1956: Exene Cervenka
1965: Sherilynn Fenn
1968: Lisa Marie Presley
1970: Pauly Shore
1975: Big Boi
1994: Harry Styles
2003: Mongo Santamaria
2007: Gian Carlo Menotti