DECEMBER 17: The Daily Flashback
1791: A traffic regulation in New York City established the first street to go “One Way.”
1903: Orville and Wilbur Wright made the first successful gasoline-powered airplane flight near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
1955: Carl Perkins wrote “Blue Suede Shoes.” Less than 48 hours later, he recorded it in Memphis.
1959: The film “On the Beach” premiered in New York City and in 17 other cities. It was the first motion picture to debut simultaneously in major cities around the world.
1965: Judy Garland and The Supremes performed at the grand opening of the Astrodome in Houston.
1969: Tiny Tim and Miss Vicki Budinger were married on “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson.
1975: Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme was sentenced to life in prison for her attempt on the life of President Ford.
1976: Atlanta’s WTCG-TV changed its call letters to WTBS and was uplinked via satellite, becoming the first commercial TV station to cover the entire U.S.
1977: Elvis Costello & the Attractions appeared on NBC-TV’s “Saturday Night Live” in place of the Sex Pistols, after the Sex Pistols could not get visas to enter the U.S. Costello then got banned from the show when he abruptly halted his performance of “Less Than Zero” and played the searing “Radio Radio” instead.
1984: Run-DMC’s self-titled debut album was certified gold, making it the first ever rap album to do so.
1989: “The Simpsons” debuted on Fox-TV with the episode “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire.”
1894: Arthur Fiedler
1903: Erskine Caldwell
1910: Sy Oliver
1936: Tommy Steele
1937; Art Neville
1939: Eddie Kendricks
1942: Paul Butterfield
1949: Paul Rodgers
1953: Sharon White
1058: Mike Mills
1974: Sarah Paulson
1982:: Big Joe Williams
1999: Grover Washington Jr.
2006: Denis Peyton
2010: Don Van Vliet (aka Captain Beefheart)