DECEMBER 11: The Daily Flashback
1769: Edward Beran patented venetian blinds.
1872: Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback became America’s first black governor when he took office as acting governor of Louisiana.
1882: Boston’s Bijou Theater – the first American playhouse lit exclusively by electricity – hosted its debut performance.
1936: Britain’s King Edward VIII abdicated his throne in order to marry American Wallis Warfield Simpson.
1939: Marlene Dietrich recorded “Falling in Love Again” for her role as a cabaret singer in the movie “The Blue Angel.”
1941: Germany and Italy declared war on the United States.
1951: Joe DiMaggio announced his retirement from major league baseball.
1957: Jerry Lee Lewis secretly married his 13-year-old third cousin Myra Gale Brown.
1960: Aretha Franklin made her New York City debut at the Village Vanguard.
1961: The Marvelettes’ “Please Mr. Postman” hit No. 1 on the Hot 100, the first single from Motown Records to reach the top of the chart.
1965: Velvet Underground made their performance debut, opening for the Myddle Class in the auditorium of Summit High School in New Jersey.
1968: The Rolling Stones filmed their “Rolling Stones’ Rock and Roll Circus” TV special, but it’s not seen until October 12, 1996, when it is finally shown at the New York Film Festival.
1970: The albums John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band and Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band were released.
1972: Genesis made their U.S. concert debut at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachussetts.
1976: Bob Seger’s Night Moves album was released.
1981: Muhammad Ali fought his last fight, losing to Trevor Berbick.
1990: Ivana Trump was divorced from Donald Trump after 12 years of marriage.
1991: Author Salman Rushdie, under an Islamic death sentence for blasphemy, made his first public appearance since 1989 in New York, at a dinner marking the 200th anniversary of the First Amendment.
2000: Mario Lemeiux, owner of Pittsburgh Penquins, announced that he would end his three-plus year retirement and become an active National Hockey League player again, becoming the first owner/player in NHL history.
2009: The video game “Angry Birds” was released.
1803: Hector Berlioz
1913: Carlo Ponti
1918: Perez Prado
1926: Big Mama Thornton
1931: Rita Moreno
1940: David Gates
1941: J. Frank Wilson
1944: Brenda Lee
1949: Teri Garr
1954: Jermaine Jackson
1957: Mike Mesaros
1958: Nikki Sixx
1964: Justin Currie
1964: Sam Cooke
2012: Ravi Shankar