JANUARY 29: The Daily Flashback
1728: John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera premiered at Lincoln’s Inn Fields Theatre in London.
1845: Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” was published for the first time in The New York Evening Mirror.
1936: The first members of the Baseball Hall of Fame were named in Cooperstown – Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson and Walter Johnson.
1958: Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward were married.
1961: Bob Dylan visited Woody Guthrie at Greystone Park Psychiatric hospital in New Jersey, where Guthrie is being treated for Huntington’s disease. Dylan plays him “Song to Woody,” which appeared on his self-titleddebut album the following year.
1962: Warner Bros. Records signed Peter, Paul & Mary.
1966: Sweet Charity premiered on Broadway at the Palace Theatre, where it ran for 608 performances.
1969: “The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour” debuted on CBS-TV.
1972: Smokey Robinson left The Miracles.
1979: Emerson, Lake & Palmer disbanded.
1996: Garth Brooks refused to accept his American Music Award for Favorite Overall Artist, later saying that Hootie & the Blowfish had done more for music that year than he did.
1998: Three weeks behind schedule, Paul Simon’s musical The Capeman finally premiered in New York. It lasts only 68 performances.
2011: The movie “Mega Python Vs. Gatoroid” had its debut on the Syfy network, starring former teen stars Tiffany and Debbie Gibson.
1862: Frederick Delius
1880: W.C. Fields
1912: Professor Irwin Corey
1916: Victor Mature
1923: Paddy Chayefsky
1936: Noel Harrison
1942: Claudine Longet
1944: Andrew Loog Oldham
1952: Tommy Ramone
1953: Louie Perez
1954: Oprah Winfrey
1959: Johnny Spampinato
1960: Greg Louganis
1964: Roddy Frame
1981: Jonny Lang
2015: Rod McKuen