FEBRUARY 15: The Daily Flashback
1842: Adhesive postage stamps were used for the first time by the City Dispatch Post Office in New York City.
1903: Russian immigrants Morris and Rose Michtom introduced the first teddy bear in America.
1941: Duke Ellington and his orchestra recorded “Take the “A” Train.”
1954: Big Joe Turner recorded the original “Shake, Rattle & Roll” at Atlantic Records studios in New York.
1958: Hoping to duplicate the success of “American Bandstand,” ABC-TV debuted “The Dick Clark Show.” Connie Francis, Pat Boone and Jerry Lee Lewis performed on them first episode of the show.
1967::Music students at Chicago’s DePaul University formed a seven-piece rock band called The Big Thing. Later, they changed their name to Chicago Transit Authority, and then, simply, Chicago.
1969: Florida hairstylist Vickie Jones was arrested for impersonating Aretha Franklin at a club performance in Fort Myers, Florida. Her performance was so good that no patrons demanded a refund.
1971: The Who debuted a new rock opera called Lifehouse at the Young Vic Theatre in London. The project was shelved after a short run of shows, but some of the songs – “Baba O’ Riley,” “Won’t Get Fooled Again” and “Behind Blue Eyes” – were later included on the album Who’s Next.
1975: Performing “People Gotta Move,” Gino Vannelli became the first white artist to appear on “Soul Train.”
1977: Sid Vicious joined the Sex Pistols, replacing bassist Glen Matlock.
1987: Ben and Jerry’s introduced a new ice cream flavor: Cherry Garcia.
2002: The movie “Cross Roads,” starring Britney Spears, opened in theaters.
1905: Harold Arlen
1918: Hank Locklin
1944: Mick Avory
1947: John Adams
1949: Christopher Rouse
1951: Melissa Manchester
1954: Matt Groening
1976: Brandon Boyd
1980: Conor Oberst
1965: Nat King Cole
1968: Little Walter
1981: Mike Bloomfield
1984: Ethel Merman
1988: Frederick Loewe