JUNE 21: The Daily Flashback

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Ray Davies (photo by Martin Benjamin)
Happy birthday, Ray Davies!

Photograph by Martin Benjamin

1893: The first Ferris Wheel was introduced at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago.
1948: Columbia Records began the first mass production of a 33 1/3 RPM long-playing vinyl phonograph record that can hold up to 23 minutes of music on a side.
1952: Fats Domino’s “Goin’ Home” became his first No. 1 hit.
1955: Johnny Cash’s debut single “Cry Cry Cry” was released.
1967: A free concert was held in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park celebrating the Summer Solstice. The Grateful Dead, Big Brother & the Holding Company and Quicksilver Messenger Service all performed. Yes, it was the start of the Summer of Love…
1973: In Salt Lake City, the band Bread played their last concert.
1975: Ritchie Blackmore quit Deep Purple to form Rainbow.
1981: Donald Fagan and Walter Becker announced the break-up of Steely Dan.
1988: The Rascals reunited onstage for the first time in 18 years.
2002: Widespread Panic headlined the inaugural Bonnaroo Music Festival, held on a 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee.
2003: J.K. Rowling’s fifth Harry Potter book, “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” was published. Amazon.com shipped more than one million copies on this day making it the largest distribution day of a single item in e-commerce history. The book set sales records around the world with an estimated five million copies sold on the first day.

BIRTHDAYS
1903: Al Hirshfield
1905: Jean-Paul Sartre
1921: Jane Russell
1925: Maureen Stapleton
1932: O.C. Smith
1944: Ray Davies
1947: Joey Molland
1951: Nils Lofgren
1957: Berke Brethed
1959: Kathy Mattea
1972: Allison Moorer
1981: Brandon Flowers

DEATHS
2001: John Lee Hooker
1980: Bert Kaempfert

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