DECEMBER 28: The Daily Flashback
1832: John C. Calhoun became the first vice president of the United States to resign, stepping down over differences with President Jackson.
1895: The first commercial public screening of cinematographic films took place in Paris.
1897: Edmond Rostand’s play Cyrano de Bergerac premiered in Paris.
1902: The first professional indoor football game was played at Madison Square Garden.. Syracuse defeated Philadelphia, 6-0.
1912: The first municipally-owned street cars began operation on the streets of San Francisco.
1937: The Irish Free State became the Republic of Ireland when a new constitution established the country as a sovereign state under the name of Eire.
1944: The Broadway musical On the Town opened in New York City, starting its run of 462 performances.
1956: After five years on television, the final episode of “Ding Dong School” aired on NBC-TV.
1960: The movie “Where the Boys Are” was released. About four college girls on spring break, the film led to a whole genre of spring break movies and popularizes Ft. Lauderdale as the destination of choice.
1963: Merle Haggard made his first appearance on the country charts with “Sing a Sad Song,” which peaked at No. 19.
1965: Elvis Presley and his girlfriend Priscilla tried LSD for the first and only time at his Graceland mansion.
1968: Hallandale, Florida’s Gulfstream Park entertained 100,000 fans at the Miami Pop Festival, the East Coast’s first major rock festival. Performers ranged from Chuck Berry to the Grateful Dead, from Flatt & Scruggs to Iron Butterfly, from Joni Mitchell to the Charles Lloyd Quartet.
1971: Sha Na Na headlined at Carnegie Hall with Keith Moon of The Who as host of the concert.
1973: Alexander Solzhenitsyn published “Gulag Archipelago,” an expose of the Soviet prison system.
1974: Helen Reddy’s “Angie Baby” hit No. 1.
1978: Rolling Stone’s annual Readers and Critics Poll agree that the Rolling Stones Some Girls is Album of the Year.
1981: Elizabeth Jordan Carr, the first American test-tube baby, was born in Norfolk, Virginia.
1982: Cliff Burton joined Metallica.
1993: Shania Twain and producer Mutt Lange were married. In 2001, they had a son named Eja, but divorced in 2010 after Lange took up with Twain’s best friend.
2002: Cambodia deported Gary Glitter and extradited him to the UK to face a conviction in London on child pornography charges.
1856: Woodrow Wilson
1905: Earl “Fatha” Hines
1915: Pop Staples
1924: Johnny Otis
1932: Dorsey Burnette
1938: Charles Neville
1946: Edgar Winter
1948: Ziggy Modeliste
1950: Alex Chilton
1954: Denzel Washington
1956: Nigel Kennedy
1958: Joe Diffie
1962: Michel Petrucciani
1978: John Legend
1937: Maurice Ravel
1963: Paul Hindemith
1971: Max Steiner
1976: Freddie King
1983: Dennis Wilson
2005: Barry Cowsill
2015: Lemmy Kilmister
2016: Debbie Reynolds