OCTOBER 1: The Daily Flashback
1880: John Philip Sousa was named the director of the United States Marine Corps Band.
1885: Special delivery mail service began in the United States.
1903: The first modern World Series took place between the Boston Pilgrims and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
1908: The Model T automobile was introduced by Henry Ford. The purchase price of the car was $850.
1940: The Pennsylvania Turnpike opened as the first toll superhighway in the United States.
1961: The New York Yankees’ Roger Maris hit his 61st home run of the season to beat Babe Ruth’s major league record of 60.
1962: Johnny Carson began hosting the “Tonight” show on NBC-TV, beginning his 29-year run.
1965: At a concert at Carnegie Hall, Bob Dylan introduced his new band. Formerly Ronnie Hawkins’ back-up band, they were known as the Hawks, but soon became The Band.
1967: Traffic made their stage debut at London’s Saville Theatre.
1968: “Night of the Living Dead” premiered in Pittsburgh, PA.
1969:The Beatles’ Abbey Road was released in the U.S.
1970: Curtis Mayfield announced he was leaving The Impressions.
1971: Walt Disney World opened in Orlando.
1977: Elton John became the first rock & roller to be honored in New York City’s Madison Square Garden Hall of Fame.
1980: “One Trick Pony,” the semi-autobiographical film of Paul Simon, premiered in New York City.
1982: Sony introduced the world’s first digital compact-disc player in Tokyo, which sells for about $650.
1983: “Total Eclipse of the Heart” hit No. 1 in the US, making Bonnie Tyler the first Welsh singer to top the chart.
1988: Mikhail Gorbachev assumed the Soviet presidency.
1991: The world’s most valuable golf glove – the original, crystal-studded one Michael Jackson wore – was stolen from the Motown Museum in Detroit. MC Hammer set up a phone line, offering a $50,000 reward for the glove’s return. It’s recovered by police two days later.
2011: After 28 years and two children together, Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed finally got married.
2012: Mandolin master Chris Thile won a Genius grant from the MacArthur Foundation.
2017: During Jason Aldean’s headlining set at the Route 91 Harvest Festival on the Las Vegas strip, a shooter opened fire from his suite at the nearby Mandalay Bay hotel, killing 58 and injuring over 500 in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
1903: Vladmir Horowitz
1924: Jimmy Carter
1930: Richard Harris
1932: Albert Collins
1935: Julie Andrews
1944: Scott McKenzie
1945: Donny Hathaway
1959: Youssou N’Dour
1960: Richard Barone
1968: Kelly Willis