JULY 2: The Daily Flashback

Ahmad Jamal
Happy 88th birthday to jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal

Photograph by Albert Brooks

1857: New York City’s first elevated railroad officially opened for business.
1937: American aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart disappeared in the Central Pacific during an attempt to fly around the world at the equator.
1947: An object crashed near Roswell, New Mexico. The U.S. Army Air Force insisted it was a weather balloon, but eyewitness accounts led to speculation that it might have been an alien spacecraft.
1955: ABC-TV premiered “The Lawrence Welk Show.”
1956: Elvis Presley recorded “Hound Dog” and “Don’t Be Cruel.”
1962: Wal-Mart Discount City opened in Rogers, Arkansas. It was the first Walmart store.
1964: U.S. President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law.
1969: Mountain formed in Long Island with former Vagrants guitarist Leslie West at the helm.
1973: Brian Eno quit Roxy Music.
1979: In Rochester, the U.S. Mint officially released the Susan B. Anthony dollar coin.
1981: Bruce Springsteen played the first concert at the new, 21,000-seat Brendan Byrne Meadowlands Arena in New Jersey.
1982: Larry Walters took flight in his homemade airship that consisted of a lawnchair with 45 helium-filled weather balloons attached to it. He stayed in flight for about an hour.
1986: Directed by and starring Prince, the movie “Under the Cherry Moon” opened in theaters.
1991: Dr. Demento 20th Anniversary Collection: The Greatest Novelty Records of All Time was released.
1992: Mick Jagger became a grandfather when his daughter Jade gave birth to Assisi Lola Jackson.
2001: Liverpool renamed its airport the Liverpool John Lennon Airport after its famous native.
2005: Live 8 – a multi-location benefit festival featuring U2, Coldplay, Madonna, Dave Matthews Band, Pink Floyd, Jay-Z and Destiny’s Child among many others – was held in eight cities to raise awareness of poverty in Africa.

1714: Christoph Willibald Gluck
1977: Hermann Hesse
1908: Thurgood Marshall
1925: Medgar Evers
1930: Ahmad Jamal
1947: Larry David
1949: Roy Bittan
1956: Jerry Hall
1983: Michelle Branch
1984: Johnny Weir

1982: DeFord Bailey

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