MARCH 18: The Daily Flashback
Photograph by Michael Hochanadel
1541: Hernando de Soto observed the first recorded flood of the Mississippi River.
1881: Barnum and Bailey’s Greatest Show on Earth opened in Madison Square Garden.
1902: Enrico Caruso recorded 10 arias for the Gramophone Company, the first well-known performer to make a record.
1931: Schick displayed the first electric shaver.
1954: RKO Pictures was sold to Howard Hughes for $23,489,478, becoming the first motion picture studio to be owned by an individual.
1960: In Nashville, the Everly Brothers recorded “Cathy’s Clown,” which was released as the first single under their new 10-year deal with Warner Bros. Records.
1965: Cosmonaut Alexei Leonov became the first man to spacewalk when he left the Voskhod II space capsule while in orbit around the Earth. He was outside the spacecraft for about 20 minutes.
1966: Scott Paper began selling paper dresses for $1.
1967: Steve Winwood announced plans to form the band Traffic.
1976: “The Man Who Fell to Earth,” starring David Bowie, premiered in London.
1977: The Clash’s first single, “White Riot,” was released.
1978: The Bee Gees’ “Night Fever” hit No. 1 on the Hot 100 and stayed there for eight weeks, becoming the longest-running chart-topper of 1978.
1982: Teddy Pendergrass was severely injured in a car accident in Philadelphia resulting in him being paralyzed from the waist down.
1990: Thirteen paintings were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. The value was $100 million, making it the largest art robbery in history.
1994: Bassist Darryl Jones replaced Bill Wyman in the Rolling Stones.
1996: The Sex Pistols announced that they were reuniting for a 20th anniversary tour, which they called the Filthy Lucre Tour.
2000: The U.S. Postal Service issued a 20-cent stamped postcard that featured the historic Ryman Auditorium, the home of the Grand Ole Opry.
2001: Thanks to airplay on British radio, Eva Cassidy’s album Songbird went to No. 1 in the UK, five years after the singer’s death.
2002: Brenda Lee, Gene Pitney, Isaac Hayes, The Ramones, Talking Heads and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
2016: Legacy Recordings released Elvis Presley: The Album Collection, a 60-CD box set that included all of the albums Elvis recorded and RCA released in his lifetime.
1844: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
1911: Smiley Burnette
1932: John Updike
1938: Charley Pride
1941: Wilson Pickett
1962: James McMurtry
1963: Vanessa Williams
1966: Jerry Cantrell
1970: Queen Latifah
1979: Adam Levine
2001: John Phillips
2009: Eddie Bo
2017: Chuck Berry