APRIL 25: The Daily Flashback
1684: A patent was granted for the thimble.
1792: The French national anthem, “La Marseillaise,” was composed by Captain Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle.
1901: New York became the first state to require license plates for cars. The fee was $1.
1955: The United Nations’ commission on narcotics released a report stating a “definite connection between increased marijuana smoking and that form of entertainment known as bebop and rebop.”
1975: The original New York Dolls broke up after Jerry Nolan and Johnny Thunders left the band in the middle of a tour in Florida.
1981: Denny Laine left Wings.
1985: Roger Miller’s Broadway musical, “Big River (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn),” opened at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre.
1994: A jury ruled that Michael Bolton’s 1991 hit “Love Is a Wonderful Thing” plagiarized the 1966 Isley Brothers song of the same name and awarded $5.4 million in damages, at the time the largest ever in a music plagiarism case.
1999: At Yankee Stadium’s Joe DiMaggio Day, Paul Simon performed “Mrs. Robinson,” which contains the classic line, “Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?”
2003: Sinead O’Connor announced her retirement.
2006: Bruce Springsteen released We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions, a collection of songs popularized by Pete Seeger. The album brought Seeger into the spotlight, drawing attention to his work as a musicologist and folk music icon. “I’ve managed to survive all these years by keeping a low profile,” Seeger said. “Now my cover’s blown.”
1913: Earl Bostic
1918: Ella Fitzgerald
1923: Albert King
1928: Vassar Clements
1933: Jerry Leiber
1940: Al Pacino
1945: Bjorn Ulvaeus
1949: Michael Brown
1950: Steve Ferrone
1964: Andy Bell
1995: Ginger Rogers
1999: Roger Troutman
2002: Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes
2007: Bobby “Boris” Pickett