JULY 5: The Daily Flashback
1946: Created by Louis Reard, the bikini bathing suit made its debut during a fashion show at the Molitor Pool in Paris, modeled by Micheline Bernardini.
1947: Larry Doby signed a contract with the Cleveland Indians, becoming the first African American player in the American League.
1954: Elvis Presley’s first commercial recording session took place at Sun Records in Memphis, resulting in his first single, “That’s All Right (Mama).”
1964: Them released “Gloria.”
1966: Chas Chandler of The Animals saw Jimi Hendrix perform at the Cafe Wha? in New York. Chandler went on to become Hendrix’s manager and take him to London, where the Jimi Hendrix Experience was formed.
1968: The Fillmore West opened in San Francisco.
1969: The Rolling Stones gave a free concert for 250,000 fans in London’s Hyde Park, introducing Mick Taylor as their new guitarist.
1974: Linda Ronstadt recorded her breakthrough hit “You’re No Good” at the Sound Factory in Hollywood with producer Peter Asher.
1975: Arthur Ashe became the first African American man to win a Wimbledon singles title when he defeated Jimmy Connors.
1983: In London, Bauhaus performed their farewell concert.
1994: Hootie & the Blowfish’s debut album Cracked Rear View was released, eventually becoming the best-selling album in the history of Atlantic Records.
1997: Organized by Sarah McLachlan, the inaugural all-female Lilith Fair tour kicks off with a show in The Gorge Amphitheatre in Washington State. The lineup includes Jewel, Suzanne Vega and Paula Cole.
1810: P.T. Barnum
1889: Jean Cocteau
1924: Janos Starker
1928: Warren Oates
1940: Chuck Close
1943: Robbie Robertston
1951: Huey Lewis
1959: Marc Cohn
1963: Edie Falco
2001: Ernie K-Doe
1997: Mrs. Miller