AUGUST 24: The Daily Flashback
1869: Cornelius Swarthout was awarded a patent for the waffle iron.
1962: John Lennon married Cynthia Powell at the Registrar office in Liverpool with Paul McCartney as best man.
1963: John Pennel broke the 17-foot barrier, pole vaulting 17 feet and 3/4 inches.
1970: At Max’s Kansas City, Lou Reed played his last gig with the Velvet Underground.
1973: New Riders of the Purple Sage, the Star Spangled Washboard Band and John Lee Hooker played an eclectic triple-bill at Lebanon Valley Speedway in New Lebanon.
1981: Mark David Chapman was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for the murder of John Lennon.
1989: Pete Rose, the manager of the Cincinnati Reds, was banned from baseball for life after being accused of gambling on baseball.
1990: A judge in Reno, Nevada ruled that Judas Priest was not responsible for the suicides of two youths after they had listened to the band’s music.
1994: Dave Abbruzzese quit Pearl Jam. He was replaced with drummer Jack Irons.
1999: Christina Aguilera’s self-titled debut album was released.
2006: The planet Pluto was reclassified as a “dwarf planet” by the International Astronomical Union.
2007: Brian May of Queen received a PhD in astrophysics (not an honorary degree) from London’s Imperial College.
1899: Jose Luis Borges
1912: Durward Kirby
1917: Tex Williams
1938: Mason Williams
1943: John Cipollina
1944: Jim Capaldi
1956: Gerry Cooney
1960: Cal Ripken, Jr.
1973: David Chappelle