FEBRUARY 25: The Daily Flashback
1751: Edward Willet displayed the first trained monkey act in the U.S.
1913: The 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, authorizing a graduated income tax.
1928: The Federal Radio Commission issued the first U.S. television license to Charles Jenkins Laboratories in Washington, DC.
1940: The New York Rangers and the Montreal Canadiens played the first hockey game to be televised in the U.S. The game was aired on W2WBS in New York with one camera in a fixed position.
1953: The musical Wonderful Town opened on Broadway, where it ran for 559 performances.
1957: Buddy Holly & The Crickets recorded “That’ll Be The Day” at Norman Petty’s studio in Clovis, New Mexico. The song would become their first hit.
1970: Ernie sang “Rubber Duckie” on “Sesame Street,” and it was received so well that the song was released as a single, which reached No. 16 on Billboard’s Hot 100 in September.
1982: Alabama’s sixth studio album, Mountain Music, was released.
1984: Van Halen’s “Jump” hit No. 1 in the US, where it stayed for five weeks.
1985: British synthpop duo Tears For Fears’ sophomore album, Songs From The Big Chair, was released, featuring the hits “Shout” and “Everybody Wants to Rule the World.”
1992: James Brown received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy.
1995: Frank Sinatra performed in public for the last time. On the final day of the Frank Sinatra Desert Classic golf tournament in Palm Springs, he sang a handful of songs, including “I’ve Got the World on a String,” “You Make Me Feel So Young,” “Fly Me to the Moon,” “Where or When,” “My Kind of Town” and “The Best Is Yet to Come.”
1998: A shirtless dude with “Soy Bomb” written on his chest intruded on Bob Dylan’s performance at the Grammy Awards show. Meanwhile, Bo Diddley and Roy Orbison received Lifetime Achievement Awards.
2000: In Albany, a jury acquitted four New York City police officers of second-degree murder and lesser charges in the February 1999 shooting death of Amadou Diallo.
1841: Pierre Auguste Renoir
1873: Enrico Caruso
1901: Zeppo Marx
1917: Anthony Burgess
1925: Lisa Kirk
1927: Ralph Stanley
1932: Faron Young
1957: Dennis Diken
1959: Mike Peters
1967: Carrot Top
1973: Julio Iglesias Jr.
1975: Chelsea Handler
1993: Toy Caldwell
2012: Louisiana Red