JULY 27: The Daily Flashback


1866: Cyrus Field successfully completed the Atlantic Cable, an underwater telegraph from North America to Europe.
1940: Bugs Bunny made his official debut in the Warner Bros. animated cartoon “A Wild Hare.”
1959: Santo & Johnny’s one and only hit record, the instrumental “Sleepwalk,” was released.
1965: In the U.S., the Federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act was signed into law, requiring health warnings on all cigarette packages.
1968: The Who’s single “Magic Bus” was released in the U.S.
1973: Produced by Todd Rundgren, the self-titled debut album by the New York Dolls was released.
1974: The U.S. Congress asked for impeachment procedures against President Richard Nixon.
1976: Bruce Springsteen sued his manager Mike Appel in Manhattan’s U.S. District Court for fraud and breach of contract.
1981: Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry released her first solo album, KooKoo.
1983: Madonna’s self-titled debut album was released. Rolling Stone described her voice as “irritating as hell.”

1984: Prince’s first movie, “Purple Rain,” opened in the U.S.
1986: Heart’s Nancy Wilson married writer-director Cameron Crowe.
1996 “Wannabe” hits No. 1 in the UK, making the Spice Girls the first all-female group to top the chart with their debut single.
1999: The U.S. space shuttle Discovery completed a five-day mission commanded by Air Force Col. Eileen Collins. It was the first shuttle mission to be commanded by a woman.
2006: The company behind file-sharing service Kazaa agreed to pay record labels more than $115 million in damages for piracy.

1933: Nick Reynolds
1944: Bobbie Gentry
1949: Maureen McGovern
1967: Juliana Hatfield
1974: Pete Yorn

1999: Harry “Sweets” Edison
2001: Harold Land

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