JANUARY 30: The Daily Flashback
1844: Richard Theodore Greener became the first African American to graduate from Harvard University.
1847: The town of Yerba Buena was renamed San Francisco.
1933: “The Lone Ranger” was heard on radio for the first time. The program ran for 2,956 episodes before ending in 1955.
1948: Indian political and spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi was murdered by a Hindu extremist.
1956: Elvis Presley recorded “Blue Suede Shoes.”
1958: The first two-way moving sidewalk was put in service at Love Field in Dallas.
1961: The Shirelles’ “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?” hit No. 1 for the first of two weeks.
1968: Bobby Goldsboro recorded “Honey,” which became one of the biggest hits of the year and spent five weeks at No. 1.
1969: The Beatles staged their famous rooftop concert on the roof of Apple Records in London. It was their last public performance.
1973: KISS played their first show at the Popcorn Club in Queens, NY, performing two sets for a “crowd” of fewer than 10 people.
1979: The Donna Summer/Barbra Streisand duet “No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)” became the first 12-inch single to be certified gold by the RIAA.
1990: Bob Dylan was named commander in France’s Order of Arts and Letters by the country’s Culture Ministry.
1994: At the age of 14, Peter Leko became the world’s youngest-ever chess grandmaster.
1999: Britney Spears’ debut album, …Baby One More Time and the hit single of the title track both land at No. 1 on the charts.
2002: Based on the life of Boy George, the stage musical Taboo opened at London’s Leicester Square.
2016: David Bowie’s album Blackstar hit No. 1, 20 days after his death. It’s Bowie’s first No. 1 album in the U.S.
1860: Anton Chekhov
1911: Roy Eldridge
1928: Ruth Brown
1934: Tammy Grimes
1936: Horst Jankowski
1937: Boris Spassky
1942: Marty Balin
1947: Steve Marriott
1951: Phil Collins
1959: Jody Watley
1974: Christian Bale
1980: Professor Longhair
1982: Lightnin’ Hopkins