AUGUST 3: The Daily Flashback
1880: In Lake George, the American Canoe Association was formed.
1922: In Schenectady, WGY radio presented the first full-length melodrama on radio, Eugene Walter’s “The Wolf.”
1933: The Mickey Mouse Watch was introduced. The price? $2.75.
1936: Jesse Owens won the first of his four Olympic gold medals.
1949: The National Basketball Association was formed by the merger of the Basketball Association of America and the National Basketball League.
1963: Allan Sherman released “Hello Muddah, Hello Fadda.”
1971: Paul McCartney announced the formation of his new band Wings.
1974: Jeff “Skunk” Baxter quit Steely Dan and joined the Doobie Brothers.
1984: Mary Lou Retton won a gold medal at the Los Angeles Summer Olympics.
1986: The News of the World broke the story that Rolling Stones’ bassist Bill Wyman, 49, was dating Mandy Smith, 16, and that they had been together since she was 13. No charges were pressed against Wyman, and in 1989, the couple was married in a union that lasted less than a year.
1987: After years of delays, Def Leppard’s album Hysteria was released in the U.S.
2004: NASA launched the spacecraft Messenger. The 6 1/2 year journey was planned to arrive at the planet Mercury in March, 2011. On April 30, 2015, Messenger crashed into the surface of Mercury after sending back more than 270,000 pictures.
2015: Gwen Stefani filed for divorce from Gavin Rossdale, her husband since 2002.
1902: Ray Bloch
1905: Dolores Del Rio
1918: Les Elgart
1926: Tony Bennett
1940: Lance Alworth
1961: Randy Scruggs
1963: James Hetfield
2006: Arthur Lee
2010: Bobby Hebb