JUNE 26: The Daily Flashback
1870: At the National Theatre in Munich, Wagner’s opera Die Walküre was performed for the first time, introducing the famous piece “The Ride of the Valkyries.”
1925: Charlie Chaplin’s comedy “The Gold Rush” premiered in Hollywood.
1927: The Coney Island Cyclone roller coaster opened.
1963: U.S. President John Kennedy declared “Ich bin ein Berliner” (I am a Berliner) at the Berlin Wall.
1964: The Beatles album A Hard Day’s Night was released in the U.S.
1965: The Byrds’ “Mr. Tambourine Man” went to No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100. It’s the only song written by Bob Dylan ever to top that chart.
1974: In Troy, Ohio, a Marsh supermarket installed the first bar code scanning equipment, made by IBM, and a product with a bar code was scanned for the first time – a pack of Juicy Fruit gum.
1975: Sonny & Cher’s divorce became final.
1976: Peter Frampton released “Baby, I Love Your Way.”
1977: at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Elvis Presley gave his final concert.
1979: At age 37, Muhammad Ali announced that he was retiring as world heavyweight boxing champion.
1996: Sammy Hagar was replaced as Van Halen’s lead vocalist by David Lee Roth, the same man he had replaced 11 years earlier.
1997: The first book in the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” – later released in the U.S. as “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” – was published in the U.K.
1819: Abner Doubleday
1892: Pearl S. Buck
1893: Big Bill Broonzy
1904: Peter Lorre
1909: Col. Tom Parker
1934: Frank Wakefield
1938: Billy Davis, Jr.
1942: Larry Taylor
1943: Georgie Fame
1946: Brenda Holloway
1954: David Greenberger
1955: Mick Jones (of The Clash)
1956: Chris Isaak
1957: Patty Smyth
1961: Terri Nunn
1963: Harriet Wheeler
1969: Colin Greenwood
1973: Gretchen Wilson
1980: Jason Schwartzman
1993: Ariana Grande