AUGUST 7: The Daily Flashback
1888: Theophilus Van Kannel received a patent for the revolving door.
1954: Johnny Cash married Vivian Liberto at St Ann’s Catholic Church in Memphis. Cash had plans of becoming a Memphis appliance salesman, he instead formed a band with Luther Perkins and Marshall Grant, and was signed to Sun Records a year later.
1957: The Quarrymen (minus new member Paul McCartney, who was away at Scout camp) made their debut at Liverpool’s Cavern Club.
1959: The U.S. launched Explorer 6, which sent back a picture of the Earth.
1963: The first of many movies with a beach theme, “Beach Party,” starring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello, opened in theaters. Twenty-four years later, Frankie and Annette appear in “Back to the Beach,” where they are now parents of crazy teenagers.
1965: The Rolling Stones’ iconic “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” is knocked from the top spot on the charts in America by Herman’s Hermits’ “I’m Henry the VIII, I Am.”
1970: Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention released Just Another Band from L.A.
1973: The film “Jesus Christ Superstar” was released. Jesus is apparently a tenor.
1974: French stuntman Philippe Petit walked a tightrope strung between the twin towers of New York’s World Trade Center.
1981: The animated sci-fi film “Heavy Metal” was released.
1987: A Los Angeles judge threw out a lawsuit against Ozzy Osbourne. The lawsuit had been filed by the parents of a teenager who had committed suicide while listening to Ozzy’s song, “Suicide Solution.”
1991: Paul Simon gave a free concert in Central Park, which was later released as the album Paul Simon’s Concert in the Park.
1997: Garth Brooks played a free concert in New York’s Central Park.
1999: Tony Gwynn of the San Diego Padres got the 3,000th hit of his major league career.
2003: In California, Arnold Schwarzenegger announced that he would run for the office of governor.
2005: The Showtime series “Weeds” debuted.
2008: The Police wrapped up their reunion tour at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Their first tour since 1986, it lasted 151 shows and finished as the third highest-grossing tour of all time.
2012: In Texas, Grayson County police responded to a call and discovered Randy Travis lying naked in the road and smelling of alcohol.
1925: Felice Bryant
1926: Stan Freberg
1928: The Amazing Randi
1931: Herb Reed
1937: Magic Slim
1942: Garrison Keillor
1943: Lana Cantrell
1950: Rodney Crowell
1952: Andy Fraser
1958: Bruce Dickinson
1963: Marcus Roberts
1965: Raul Malo
1966: Kristin Hersh
1975: Charlize Theron
1984: Esther Phillips
2001: Larry Adler
2009: Mike Seeger