JANUARY 14: The Daily Flashback
1900: In Rome, Giacomo Puccini’s opera Tosca had its world premiere.
1943: Franklin D. Roosevelt became the first U.S. President to fly in an airplane while in office, flying from Miami to French Morocco where he met with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill to discuss World War II.
1951: In Los Angeles, the first National Football League Pro Bowl All-Star Game was played.
1952: NBC-TV’s “Today” show premiered.
1954: Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio were married. The marriage only lasted nine months.
1960: United States Army Corporal Elvis Presley was promoted to Sergeant.
1967: The first Human Be-in took place in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. Upwards of 25,000 people turned up for “A Gathering of the Tribes for a Human Be-In” – a prelude to the Summer of Love – featuring music by the Grateful Dead, Big Brother & the Holding Company, Jefferson Airplane and Quicksilver Messenger Service.
1970: At the Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas, Diana Ross performed for the last time with the Supremes.
1972: NBC-TV debuted “Sanford & Son.”
1973: The Miami Dolphins defeated the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl VII, becoming the first NFL team to go undefeated in a season.
1978: At San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom, the Sex Pistols played their last concert. Johnny Rotten ended the show by telling the crowd, “Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated? Goodbye.”
1984: Madonna made her first appearance on “American Bandstand,” and when asked by Dick Clark about her ambitions (blonde or otherwise), the singer replied, “To rule the world.”
1986: “Rambo: First Blood, Part II” arrived at video stores and sold 435,000 copies on the first day, breaking the record previously held by “Ghotbusters.”
1993: Television talk show host David Letterman announced he was moving from NBC to CBS.
1999: The impeachment trial of U.S. President Bill Clinton began in Washington, DC.
2000: Nashville-based country fan magazine Music City News closed its doors after 37 years of publication.
1908: Russ Columbo
1919: Andy Rooney
1931: Caterina Valente
1936: Clarence Carter
1937: Billie Jo Spears
1938: Allen Toussaint
1941: Faye Dunaway
1948: T-Bone Burnett
1959: Geoff Tate
1965: Slick Rick
1968: L.L. Cool J
1969: Dave Grohl
1676: Francesco Cavalli
1992: Jerry Nolan