MAY 8: The Daily Flashback

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1794: The United States Post Office was established.
1886: Pharmacist Dr. John Styth Pemberton invented what would later be called “Coca-Cola.”
1914: The U.S. Congress passed a Joint Resolution that designated the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.
1956: Alfred E. Neuman appeared on the cover of Mad Magazine for the first time.
1961: New Yorkers selected a name for their new National League baseball franchise. They chose the Mets.
1965: Bob Dylan filmed one of the earliest music videos, the famous flashcard clip for the song, “Subterranean Homesick Blues.”
1970: The Beatles album Let It Be was released.
1972: Billy Preston became the first rock performer to headline at Radio City Music Hall.
1977: Olivia Newton-John made her New York City debut with a concert at the Metropolitan Opera House.
1984: Joanie (Erin Moran) and Chachi (Scott Baio) got married on ABC-TV’s “Happy Days.”
1985: “New Coke” was released to the public.
1993: At SeaWorld Orlando, the Backstreet Boys gave their first public performance.
2012: Tom Gabel, lead singer of the Florida punk band Against Me!, came out as transgender and announced he would undergo gender reassignment surgery, becoming Laura Jane Grace.

BIRTHDAYS
1847: Oscar Hammerstein
1911: Robert Johnson
1932: Sonny Liston
1937: Thomas Pynchon
1940: Ricky Nelson
1943: Danny Whitten
1944: Gary Glitter
1945: Keith Jarrett
1951: Chris Frantz
1954: Billy Burnette
1955: Alex Van Halen
1963: Michel Gondry
1975: Enrique Iglesias
1977: Joe Bonamassa

DEATHS
1874: Graham Bond
1982: Neil Bogart
1991: Rudolf Serkin
1999: Leon Thomas
2008: Eddy Arnold

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