NOVEMBER 20: The Daily Flashback
1789: New Jersey became the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights.
1873: Budapest was formed when the rival cities of Buda and Pest were united to form the capital of Hungary.
1947: Britain’s Princess Elizabeth married Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh in Westminster Abbey.
1955: Sun Records owner Sam Phillips sold Elvis Presley’s contract to RCA for $35,000.
1959: Alan Freed, influential DJ on the radio station WABC and host of the TV show “Alan Freed’s Big Beat Party,” was fired from both outlets when he refused to sign a statement saying he took payola.
1962: Mickey Mantle was named the American League Most Valuable Player for the third time.
1966: The Kander-Ebb musical Cabaret, featuring Joel Grey and Bert Convy, opened on Broadway.
1969: At King Studios in Cincinnati, James Brown’s drummer Clyde Stubblefield started banging out a drum pattern. Brown made it the basis of a song, which he titled “Funky Drummer.” It was just a minor hit, but beaome one of the most sampled songs in hip-hop.
1971: Isaac Hayes’ “Theme From Shaft” hit No. 1.
1973: After Keith Moon passed out at his drum kit, The Who pulled Scot Halpin, a 19-year-old fan, from the audience to take over for the remainder of the concert at the Cow Palace in San Francisco.
1976: Simon & Harrison? George Harrison and Paul Simon shared the stage on “Saturday Night Live” to perform duets of “Homeward Bound” and “Here Comes the Sun.” Simon had opened the show dressed as a turkey in honor of Thanksgiving.
1983: An estimated 100 million people watched the controversial ABC-TV movie “The Day After,” depicting the outbreak of nuclear war.
1986: The one billionth Little Golden Book was printed. The title was “The Poky Little Puppy.”
1994: David Crosby received a liver transplant.
1997: Kenny G. received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2003: The first ever Vibe Awards took place in Santa Monica, California, with 50 Cent winning for Artist of the Year, Dopest Album (Get Rich or Die Tryin’) and Hottest Hook (“In Da Club”).
2007: The debut album from Amy Winehouse, Frank, was finally released in the U.S. eight months after her second album, and three years after its British release.
2013: Loretta Lynn was honored at the White House with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
2016: Ariana Grande was named Artist of the Year at the American Music Awards.
1925: June Christy
1939: Dick Smothers
1942: Norman Greenbaum
1946: Duane Allman
1947: Joe Walsh
1954: Frank Marino
1956: Bo Derek
1962: Todd Nance
1965: Mike D.
1970: Phife Dawg
1971: Joel McHale
1975: Dierks Bentley
1977: Josh Turner
1973: Allan Sherman
1997: Robert Palmer (the music journalist, not to be confused with the singer of the same name)
2005: Chris Whitley
2010: Little Smokey Smothers