AUGUST 9: The Daily Flashback
1831: The first steam locomotive began its maiden trip between Schenectady and Albany.
1848: In Buffalo, Martin Van Buren was nominated for president by the Free-Soil Party.
1854: “Walden” was published by Henry David Thoreau.
1859: The escalator was patented by Nathan Ames.
1930: Created by Max Fleischer, Betty Boop debuted in her first film, “Dizzy Dishes.”
1936: Jesse Owens won his fourth gold medal at the Berlin Olympics. He was the first American to win four medals in one Olympics.
1944: Created by the Forest Service and Wartime Advertising Council, Smokey the Bear makes his debut.
1945: The U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki, killing approximately 74,000 people. The bombing came three days after the bombing of Hiroshima. Japan surrendered on August 14.
1963: In England, the TV program “Ready Steady Go!” premiered with performances by The Searchers, Pat Boone and The Tremoloes.
1964: Bob Dylan and Joan Baez share the stage for the first time, singing “With God on Our Side” at the Newport Folk Festival.
1969: Sly & the Family Stone’s single “Hot Fun in The Summertime” was released.
1974: U.S. President Richard Nixon resigned. Gerald R. Ford took his place, and became the 38th president of the U.S.
1975: The New Orleans Superdome as officially opened with an exhibition NFL game between the New Orleans Saints and the Houston Oilers.
1978: Muddy Waters performed at a White House picnic for U.S. President Jimmy Carter.
1986: At the Knebworth Park Festival in England, Queen played their last concert with Freddie Mercury, closing out with “We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions” and “God Save the Queen.”
1988: The Edmonton Oilers traded Wayne Gretzky to the Los Angeles Kings.
1995: The original members of Kiss played together for the first time in 15 years when Peter Criss and Ace Frehley joined the current band to record their “MTV Unplugged” special, which is later released as the album Kiss Unplugged. Not counting Ace Frehley’s 1976 wedding, it also marks the only time the original members have performed without makeup.
2002: Lisa Marie Presley married actor Nicolas Cage, a union that lasts less than four months.
2004: Trump Hotel and Casino Resorts announced plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
1934: Merle Kilgore
1942: Jack DeJohnette
1947: Barbara Mason
1959: Kurtis Blow
1963: Whitney Houston
1967: Deion Sanders
1968: Gillian Anderson
1975: Dmitry Shostakovich
1995: Jerry Garcia