DECEMBER 7: The Daily Flashback
1732: The original Covent Garden Theatre Royal (now the Royal Opera House) was opened.
1787: Delaware became the first state to ratify the U.S. constitution.
1796: John Adams was elected as the second president of the United States.
1836: Martin Van Buren was elected the eighth president of the United States.
1842: The New York Philharmonic gave its first concert.
1925: Swimmer Johnny Weissmuller set a world record in the 150-yard freestyle with a time of 1 minute, 25 and 2/5 seconds.
1941: Pearl Harbor was attacked by nearly 200 Japanese warplanes.
1956: “Rock! Rock! Rock!,” one of the earliest rock and roll movies, opened in theaters, featuring the popular disc jockey Alan Freed along with Chuck Berry, Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers and LaVern Baker.
1962: At a pub in Chelsea, the Rolling Stones held auditions for a bass player. Bill Wyman got the job.
1963: The Singing Nun’s “Dominique” hit No. 1 for the first of four weeks.
1967: The Beatles’ Apple Boutique officially opened its doors at 94 Baker Street in London. Seven months later, it closed, and they gave away the remaining merchandise.
1972: The last U.S. moon mission, Apollo 17, was launched at Cape Canaveral.
1973: Todd Rundgren performed his hit “Hello It’s Me” on “The Midnight Special” wearing a bizarre, bird-like outfit.
1974: Carl Douglas’ “Kung Fu Fighting” hit No. 1 in America for the first of two weeks.
1987: Harry Chapin received a posthumous Congressional Medal of Honor for his efforts in fighting hunger.
1991: “Black or White” by Michael Jackson hit No. 1 in America for the first of seven weeks.
1996: Valued at $9,000, Jerry Lewis’ white and red pinstriped devil suit was stolen from his dressing room at Shea’s Performing Arts Center in Buffalo where he was playing the role of Satan in a production of the musical Damn Yankees.
1998: Trumpeter Arturo Sandoval was finally granted U.S. citizenship after a six-year struggle with the Immigration and Naturalization Service.
1999: Blue Man Group’s debut album, Audio, was released.
2010: Judas Priest announced that their Epitaph World Tour, which would run until 2012, would be their last major tour. They later changed their minds…
1863: Pietro Mascagni
1910: Louis Prima
1915: Eli Wallach
1924: Bent Fabric
1931: Bobby Osborne
1942: Harry Chapin
1947: Johnny Bench
1948: Gary Morris
1949: Tom Waits
1956: Larry Bird
1979: Sara Bareilles
1987: Aaron Carter
1980: Darby Crash
2008: Dennis Yost
2016: Greg Lake