AUGUST 2: The Daily Flashback
1887: Rowell Hodge patented barbed wire.
1892: Charles A. Wheeler patented the first escalator.
1921: Eight White Sox players were acquitted of throwing the 1919 World Series.
1929: Fats Waller recorded “Ain’t Misbehavin’.”
1943: The U.S. Navy patrol torpedo boat, PT-109, sank after being attacked by a Japanese destroyer. The boat was under the command of Lt. John F. Kennedy.
1961: The Beatles began their engagement as regular headliners at Liverpool’s Cavern Club, performing about 300 shows over the next two years.
1962: Robert Zimmerman legally changed his name to Bob Dylan.
1973: Papa John Phillips of The Mamas & The Papas files suit against his former record label, Dunhill, alleging $60 million in unpaid royalties.
1998: A poll conducted by the UK music magazine Mojo, named The Beatles as the “Favourite Recording Artist of All Time,” beating out Elvis, Frank Sinatra, Queen and Elton John in that order.
2014: Weird Al Yankovic’s Mandatory Fun landed at No. 1, giving the parody master his first chart-topping album.
1900: Helen Morgan
1924: James Baldwin
1932: Peter O’Toole
1935: Hank Cochran
1937: Garth Hudson
1944: Jim Capaldi
1950: Andy Fairweather-Low
1951: Andrew Gold
1957: Mojo Nixon
1964: Mary-Louise Parker
1992: Charlie XCX
1921: Enrico Caruso
1983: James Jamerson
1997: Fela Kuti
2009: Billy Lee Riley