AUGUST 16: The Daily Flashback
1777: During the American Revolutionary War, New England’s minutemen routed the British regulars at the Battle of Bennington.
1829: The 18-year-old “Siamese twins,” Chang and Eng Bunker, arrived in Boston.
1954: Sports Illustrated was published for the first time.
1957: The Everly Brothers recorded “Wake Up, Little Susie.”
1962: Pete Best was fired as drummer for The Beatles, replaced by Ringo Starr.
1966: The Monkees’ debut single “Last Train to Clarksville” was released.
1968: The Jackson 5 made their official concert debut, opening for Diana Ross & the Supremes at the Forum in Los Angeles.
1969: Day Two of the Woodstock Music & Art Fair featured performances by the Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, Santana, The Who and more at Max Yasgur’s farm in Bethel.
1974: The Ramones made their debut at CBGB’s.
1986: At the Monsters of Rock festival at Castle Donington, Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen received a huge ovation when he took the stage with Def Leppard 20 months after his left arm was severed in a car accident.
2005: “Tommy Lee Goes to College” debuted on NBC-TV. The Motley Crue drummer’s classes were taken at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
1915: Al Hibbler
1920: Charles Bukowski
1925: Fess Parker
1931: Eydie Gorme
1933: Julie Newmar
1938: Ketty Lester
1939: Billy Joe Shaver
1942: Barbara George
1944: Kevin Ayers
1949: Scott Asheton
1950: Joey Spampinato
1953: J.T. Taylor
1972: Emily Robison
1980: Vanessa Carlton
1938: Robert Johnson
1977: The King is dead. Elvis Presley died at his home in Graceland as a result of an overdose from prescription drugs.
2005: Vassar Clements