AUGUST 20: The Daily Flashback
1741: Danish navigator Vitus Jonas Bering discovered Alaska.
1866: U.S. President Andrew Johnson formally declared that the American Civil War was over.
1882: Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” was debuted in Moscow.
1885: Gilbert & Sullivan’s “The Mikado” opened at the Fifth Avenue Theatre in New York City.
1920: In Detroit, what will become WWJ (950 AM) becomes the first radio station in America to start boadcasting.
1923: The first American dirigible, the Shenandoah, was launched in Lakehurst, New Jersey.
1945: At 17 years, 8months a & 14 days, the Brooklyn Dodgers’ Tommy Brown became the youngest player to hit a home run in a major league baseball game.
1965: The Rolling Stones single “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” was released in the U.S.
1967: The New York Times reported about a noise reduction system for album and tape recording developed by technicians R. & D.W. Dolby.
1969: Playing with Led Zeppelin at the Aerodrome in Schenectady, Robert Plant celebrated his 21st birthday.
1977: The Voyager 2 space probe is launched, carrying with it the Golden Record of sounds and images representing Earth.
1979: Bob Dylan, a recent convert to Christianity, released his faith-driven album, Slow Train Coming.
1985: The original Xerox 914 copier – invented by Chester Carlson – was presented to the Smithsonian Institute’s Museum of American History.
1987: Lindsey Buckingham left Fleetwood Mac after refusing to tour behind its latest album, Tango in the Night.
1988: At the Monsters of Rock festival in England, two fans are killed during a set by Guns N’ Roses, whose frontman Axl Rose had implored the crowd, “Don’t fuckin’ kill each other.”
1991: Spin Doctors released their debut album, Pocket Full of Kryptonite.
1992: The Hank Williams Memorial Lost Highway was dedicated in Alabama, where the singer was born. The 50-mile stretch on Interstate 65 starts at his childhood home of Georgiana and ends in Montgomery, the site of his grave.
2000: Bon Jovi played the last concert at the historic Wembley Stadium before it was demolished.
2012: Green Day partnered with the smash hit video game “Angry Birds.”
1833: Benjamin Harrison
1890: H.P. Lovecraft
1924: Jim Reeves
1931: Don King
1934: Sneaky Pete Kleinow
1942; Isaac Hayes
1947: James Pankow
1948: Robert Plant
1949: Phil Lynott
1952: John Hiatt
1970: Fred Durst
1992: Demi Lovato