MAY 4: The Daily Flashback
1776: Rhode Island declared its freedom from England two months before the Declaration of Independence was adopted.
1886: Chichester Bell and Charles S. Tainter patented the gramophone, the first practical phonograph.
1956: Gene Vincent recorded “Be-Bop-A Lula” in Nashville,
1957: Alan Freed’s “Rock and Roll Revue” premiered on ABC-TV, making it the first prime-time network rock show. The first show featured The Clovers, The Del-Vikings, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Sal Mineo and Guy Mitchell.
1959: The first Grammy Awards were held with ceremonies in both Los Angeles and New York City. Domenico Modugno’s “Nel Blu, Dipinto di Blu (Volare)” won Record of the Year and Henry Mancini’s The Music From Peter Gunn was awarded Album of the Year.
1964: The Moody Blues formed in Birmingham, England.
1970: The Ohio National Guardsmen opened fire on students during an anti-Vietnam war protest at Kent State University. Four students were killed and nine others were wounded.
1979: Margaret Thatcher became Britain’s first woman prime minister.
1987: Live models were used for the first time in Playtex bra ads.
1923: Ed Cassidy
1928: Maynard Ferguson
1929: Audrey Hepburn
1930: Roberta Peters
1937: Dick Dale
1938: Tyrone Davis
1941: David LaFlamme
1942: Nick Ashford
1953: Oleta Adams
1955: Dan Brubeck
1954: Pia Zadora
1959: Randy Travis
1972: Mike Dirnt
1979: Lance Bass
1987: Paul Butterfield
2012: Adam Yauch