AUGUST 1: The Daily Flashback
1790: The first U.S. census was completed with a total population of 3,929,214 recorded.
1893: Shredded wheat was patented by Henry Perky and William Ford.
1934: Leadbelly was released from prison after a four-year stint for attempted homicide.
1936: The Olympic games opened in Berlin with Adolph Hitler presiding.
1946: The Atomic Energy Commission was established.
1960: Chubby Checker’s “The Twist” was released.
1966: The Chambers Brothers recorded “Time Has Come Today” at Columbia Records’ Los Angeles studios.
1971: The Concert for Bangla Desh was held at Madison Square Garden in New York. George Harrison organized the event to help victims of famine in that country with performances by Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Billy Preston and Ringo Starr.
1973: The movie “American Graffiti” opened.
1981: MTV debuted, bringing music videos to the masses. The first video was “Video Killed the Radio Star” by The Buggles. The 36th video was “I Wanna Be a Lifeguard” by Greater Nippertown’s own Blotto.
1985: Tom Waits released Rain Dogs.
1988 Cincinnati AM radio station WCVG changed its format, becoming the first U.S. all-Elvis radio station.
1993: Reggie Jackson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
1994: Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley announced that they are married, having wed at a secret ceremony in the Dominican Republic 11 weeks earlier.
1779: Francis Scott Key
1819: Herman Melville
1931: Ramblin’ Jack Elliot
1942: Jerry Garcia
1943: Denny Cordell
1951: Tommy Bolin
1953: Robert Cray
1958: Robert Buck
1959: Joe Elliot
1960: Chuck D
1964: Adam Duritz