OCTOBER 18: The Daily Flashback
1767: The Mason-Dixon Line was agreed upon. It was the boundary between Maryland and Pennsylvania.
1867: The U.S. took formal possession of Alaska from Russia. The land was purchased for a total of $7 million dollars (two cents per acre).
1943: The first broadcast of “Perry Mason” was presented on CBS Radio. The show went to TV in 1957.
1950: Connie Mack announced that he was going to retire after 50 seasons as the manager of the Philadelphia Athletics baseball team.
1957: Paul McCartney and John Lennon performed together in public for the first time when McCartney joined Lennon’s band, the Quarrymen, in concert at New Clubmoor Hall in their hometown of Liverpool. McCartney plays guitar.
1958: The first computer-arranged marriage took place on “The Art Linkletter Show.”
1961: Henri Matiss’ “Le Bateau” went on display at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. 46 days later it was discovered that the painting had been hanging upside down.
1963: Chuck Berry was released from prison after serving 20 months for a Mann Act violation (transporting a minor across state lines for immoral purposes).
1966: The Jimi Hendrix Experience played their first major gig, supporting the French pop star Johnny Hallyday at the Olympia Theatre in Paris.
1968: Two black athletes, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, were suspended by the U.S. Olympic Committee for giving the black power salute during a medal ceremony in Mexico City.
1969: Promoter Richard Nader put on the first “Rock and Roll Revival” concerts, featuring performances by Chuck Berry, The Coasters, The Shirelles, Sha Na Na and Bill Haley. Held at Madison Square Garden’s Felt Forum, the two shows sold out, leading to a series of similar concerts and the emergence of the oldies format.
1971: After 34 years, the final issue of Look magazine was published.
1974: Mary Woodson shot and killed herself in Al Green’s home after she threw a pot of boiling grits on Green.
1977: Reggie Jackson became only the second player to hit three home runs in a single World Series game. (Babe Ruth was the other.)
1997: Hanson sang the national anthem at the opening game of the World Series.
1998: Metallica performed at the Playboy Mansion.
2000: Rage Against the Machine’s lead singer, Zack De La Rocha, quit the politically charged rock band.
2011: Despite selling 70+ million records during their 33-year career, four of the original members of UB40 – saxophonist Brian Travers, drummer Jimmy Brown, trumpeter Terence “Astro” Wilson and percussionist Norman Hassan – were declared bankrupt.
1898: Lotte Lenya
1919: Anita O’Day
1926: Chuck Berry
1927: George C. Scott
1940: Cynthia Weil
1947: Laura Nyro
1948: Ntozake Shange
1949: Gary Richrath
1956: Martina Navratilova
1958: Thomas “Hit Man” Hearns
1960: Jean-Claude Van Damme
1961: Wynton Marsalis
1984: Esperanza Spalding
1994: Lee Allen
2000: Julie London
2008: Dee Dee Warwick