SEPTEMBER 4: The Daily Flashback
1609: English navigator Henry Hudson began exploring the island of Manhattan.
1882: Thomas Edison’s Pearl Street electric power station began operations in New York City. It was the first display of a practical electrical lighting system.
1923: The first American dirigible, the Shenandoah, began its maiden voyage in Lakehurst, NJ.
1957: The Ford Motor Company began selling the Edsel. It was taken off the market only two years.
1964: The Animals gave their debut U.S. performance at Brooklyn’s Paramount Theater.
1967: “Gilligan’s Island” aired for the last time on CBS-TV. It ran for 98 episodes.
1971: “The Lawrence Welk Show” was seen for the last time on ABC-TV.
1972: Swimmer Mark Spitz captured his seventh Olympic gold medal in the 400-meter medley relay event at Munich, Germany. Spitz was the first Olympian to win seven gold medals.
1981: George Strait’s first album, Strait Country, was released in the U.S.
1993: Born without a right hand, the New York Yankees’ Jim Abbott (New York Yankees) pitched a no-hitter.
2002: Singer Kelly Clarkson beat Justin Guarini to become the first “American Idol” on the FOX-TV series.
1824: Anton Bruckner
1892: Darius Milhaud
1931: Mitzi Gaynor
1944: Gene Parsons
1952: Martin Chambers
1960: Khandi Alexander
1981: Beyoncé Knowles
1991: Dottie West