JANUARY 16: The Daily Flashback
1919: The 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which prohibited the sale or transportation of alcoholic beverages, was ratified. It was later repealed by the 21st Amendment.
1932: Duke Ellington recorded “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If it Ain’t Got that Swing).”
1938: Clarinet master Benny Goodman broke through cultural barriers to play the first-ever jazz concert at Carnegie Hall.
1943: Ernest Tubb made his Grand Ole Opry debut.
1957: The Cavern Club opened for business in Liverpool.
1961: Mickey Mantle signed a contract that made him the highest paid baseball player in the American League at $75,000 for the 1961 season.
1964: Starring Carol Channing, the Broadway musical Hello Dolly! opened at the St. James Theatre.
1970: John Lennon’s London Art gallery exhibit of erotic lithographs, “Bag One,” was closed by Scotland Yard and eight prints were confiscated as evidence of pornography.
1973: Bruce Springsteen performed at Villanova University in Philadelphia to an audience of 25 people. His concert had not been advertised due to a strike by Villanova’s school newspaper The Villanovan.
1979: Cher’s divorce from Gregg Allman became final.
1980: Paul McCartney was jailed in Tokyo for possession of a half pound of marijuana. He spent ten days behind bars before being kicked-out of the country by Japanese authorities.
1987: The Beastie Boys became the first act censored on “American Bandstand.”
1988: George Harrison hit No. 1 with “Got My Mind Set On You,” becoming the act with the longest time between No. 1 hits – it was 24 years since “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth).”
1991. LaVern Baker, The Byrds, John Lee Hooker, The Impressions, Wilson Pickett, Jimmy Reed and Ike & Tina Turner were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during the sixth annual induction ceremonies.
1996: Wayne Newton performed his 25,000th Las Vegas show.
1999: At the inaugural ball for Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura, America, Warren Zevon and Delbert McClinton performed.
2002: A section of Interstate 80 in California was renamed the Sonny Bono Memorial Freeway.
2014: After 39 years of marriage, Toni Tennille filed for divorce from husband Daryl Dragon (aka The Captain).
2016: Bruce Springsteen began The River Tour with a show in Pittsburgh, launching the year’s most successful tour, grossing over $268 million.
1909: Ethel Merman
1910: Dizzy Dean
1928: William Kennedy
1934: Marilyn Horne
1937: Bob Bogle
1942: Barbara Lynn
1943: Ronnie Milsap
1944: Jim Stafford
1974: Kate Moss
1972: David Seville
1973: Clara Ward