JULY 25: The Daily Flashback
1850: In Worcester, Harvard and Yale University freshmen met in the first intercollegiate billiards match.
1939: W2XBS-TV in New York City presented “Topsy & Eva,” the first musical comedy seen on TV.
1946: The U.S. detonated an atomic bomb at Bikini Atoll in the Pacific. It was the first underwater test of the device.
1965: Backed by members of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Bob Dylan went electric at the Newport Folk Festival, plugging in his Stratocaster and launching into “Maggie’s Farm.”
1966: The Monkees recorded their debut single, “The Last Train to Clarksville.”
1969: At the end of their gig at the Fillmore in San Francisco, Crosby, Stills & Nash invited Neil Young to sit in with them. Soon after, he joined the band.
1975: A Chorus Line debuted on Broadway. The show closed in 1990 after 6,137 performances.
1978: Louise Joy Brown, the first test-tube baby, was born in Oldham, England. She had been conceived through in-vitro fertilization.
1980: KISS introduced their new drummer, Eric Carr, at a concert at the Paladium in New York City.
1983: Metallica released their debut album, Kill ‘Em All.
1984: Soviet cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya became the first woman to walk in space. She was aboard the orbiting space station Salyut 7.
1990: Rosanne Barr was booed as she sang the National Anthem in San Diego before a Padres baseball game.
1999: On the third day of the Woodstock ’99 festival at Rome’s Griffiss Air Force Base, overpriced water, overflowing toilets and a Limp Bizkit performance of “Break Stuff” lead to riots, groping and injuries.
2001: Aaliyah gave her final performance, singing “More Than a Woman” on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”
2010: John Fogerty performed “Centerfield” at the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies in Cooperstown, where he donated a guitar shaped like a baseball bat.
1894: Walter Brennan
1934: Don Ellis
1944: Tom Dawe (born in Albany)
1948: Steve Goodman
1951: Verdine White
1958: Thurston Moore
1965: Marty Brown
1984: Big Mama Thornton
1989: Steve Rubell
1995: Charlie Rich
1998: Tal Farlow