FEBRUARY 12: The Daily Flashback
1879: The first artificial ice rink opened in North America. It was at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
1880: The National Croquet League was organized in Philadelphia.
1924: Bandleader Paul Whiteman presented his unique symphonic jazz at the Aeolian Hall in New York City. The concert featured the first public performance of George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.”
1956: Screamin’ Jay Hawkins recorded “I Put a Spell on You.”
1964: The Beatles concluded their triumphant first American visit with two 25-minute shows at Carnegie Hall.
1967: Police raided Keith Richards’ Redlands estate, where they discovered “various substances of a suspicious nature” and arrested him along with Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull.
1972: Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” hit No. 1.
1974: Iconic NYC club the Bottom Line opened its doors for the first time.
1981: Rush released Moving Pictures.
1989: Tiny Tim declared his candidacy for mayor of New York City.
1997: David Bowie was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2015: Weird Al Yankovic became the first-ever guest editor at MAD Magazine when it was announced that he would assist with issue #533.
1809: Abraham Lincoln
1904: Ted Mack
1914: Tex Beneke
1915: Lorne Greene
1935: Gene McDaniels
1939: Ray Manzarek
1944: Moe Bandy
1950: Steve Hackett
1952: Michael McDonald
1958: Omar Hakim
1968: Chynna Phillips
1976: Sal Mineo
2000: Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
2005: Sammi Smith
2017: Al Jarreau