JULY 12: The Daily Flashback
1912: The first foreign-made film to premiere in America, “Queen Elizabeth,” was screened.
1954: Elvis Presley quit his job as a truck driver after signing his first recording contract with Sun Records.
1960: Manufacturing began for a new toy – the Etch A Sketch.
1962: The Rolling Stones made their live debut at the Marquee Jazz Club in London, subbing for Long John Baldry’s Blues Incorporated. The band members were Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Dick Taylor, Ian Stewart and future Kink Mick Avory.
1965: The Beach Boys’ “California Girls” was released.
1969: Blind Faith began their one and only tour in the U.S. with a sold-out show at New York’s Madison Square Garden, even though their one-and-only album had yet to be released.
1974: John Ehrlichman, a former aide to U.S. President Nixon, and three others were convicted of conspiring to violate the civil rights of Daniel Ellsberg’s former psychiatrist.
1979: It was “Disco Demolition Night” at Comiskey Park in Chicagoe, where the plan was to blow up a bunch of disco albums between games of a doubleheader between the White Sox and Tigers. But it goes horribly wrong when fans become unruly and rush the field, forcing the White Sox to forfeit the second game.
1982: “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial” broke all box-office records by surpassing the $100-million mark of ticket sales in the first 31 days of its opening.
1984: Democratic presidential candidate Walter F. Mondale named U.S. Rep. Geraldine A. Ferraro of New York as his running mate, making her the first woman to run for vice president on a major party ticket.
2001: Moisant Airport in New Orleans was renamed Armstrong International in honor of native son Louis Armstrong.
1817: Henry David Thoreau
1854: George Eastman
1895: Oscar Hammerstein II
1908: Milton Berle
1909: “Curly” Joe DeRita
1917: Andrew Wyeth
1934: Van Cliburn
1943: Christine McVie
1945: Butch Hancock
1950: Eric Carr
1966: Tanya Donnelly
1967: John Petrucci
1979: Minnie Riperton
1983: Chris Wood
1998: Jimmy Driftwood