OCTOBER 3: The Daily Flashback
1901: The first record company, the Victor Talking Machine Company, was incorporated, later merging with the Radio Corporation of America to become RCA-Victor.
1906: W.T. Grant opened a 25-cent department store.
1922: Rebecca L. Felton became the first female to hold the office of U.S. Senator. She was appointed by Governor Thomas W. Hardwick of Georgia to fill a vacancy.
1945: Elvis Presley appeared in a talent show at the age of 10. It was his first public appearance. He won second place and $5.
1951: CBS-TV aired the first coast-to-coast telecast of a prizefight. Dave Sands defeated Carl Olson at Soldier Field in Chicago.
1954: “Father Knows Best” premiered on CBS-TV.
1955: “Captain Kangaroo” premiered on CBS-TV, while “The Mickey Mouse Club” premiered on ABC-TV.
1961: Jimmie Rodgers, Fred Rose, and Hank Williams became the first class of inductees to the Country Music Hall of Fame.
1962: The musical Stop the World, I Want to Get Off! opened on Broadway.
1974: Frank Robinson took over the management position of the Cleveland Indians, becoming the first African-American manager in major league baseball.
1988: Keith Richards’ debut solo album, “Talk Is Cheap,” was released.
1989: Art Shell became the first African-American head coach in the NFL when he took over the Los Angeles Raiders.
1990: The Berlin Wall was dismantled eleven months after the borders between East and West Germany were dissolved. The unification of Germany ended 45 years of division.
1992: Sinéad O’Connor went way off-script during her “Saturday Night Live” appearance, declaring “Fight the real enemy” and tearing up a picture of the Pope.
1995: O.J. Simpson was acquitted on both counts of the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman.
1902: Harvey Kurtzman
1938: Felix Pappalardi
1941: Chubby Checker
1947: Lindsey Buckingham
1950: Ronnie Laws
1954: Stevie Ray Vaughan
1961: Tommy Lee
1969: Gwen Stefani
1984: Ashlee Simpson
1967: Woody Guthrie
1999: Cheese Blotto
2000: Benjamin Orr