OCTOBER 12: The Daily Flashback
1892: The original version of the Pledge of Allegiance was first recited in public schools.
1938: Production began on the film “The Wizard of Oz.”
1945: Private First Class Desmond T. Doss was presented with the Congressional Medal of Honor for outstanding bravery as a medical corpsman. He was the first conscientious objector in American history to win the award.
1955: Chrysler introduced the first in-car sound systems – vinyl record players, complete with an assortment of classical records, mounted under the dashboard.
1960: Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev pounded a shoe on his desk during a dispute at a U.N. General Assembly.
1968: John Sebastian left the band Lovin’ Spoonful to launch his solo career.
1971: Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s rock musical Jesus Christ Superstar debuted on Broadway.
1972: The movie “Lady Sings the Blues,” a musical biopic of singer Billie Holiday starring Diana Ross, opened in theaters.
1975: At Nassau Coliseum, Rod Stewart and the Faces played their final show together.
1978: Sid Vicious was arrested for the murder of his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen.
1979: Fleetwood Mac’s Tusk was released.
1872: Ralph Vaughan Williams
1932: Dick Gregory
1935: Luciano Pavarotti
1955: Pat DiNizio
1971: Gene Vincent
1985: Ricky Wilson
1997: John Denver
1999: Frank Frost
2002: Ray Conniff