JANUARY 2: The Daily Flashback
1842: In Fairmount, Pennsylvania, the first wire suspension bridge was opened to traffic.
1843: Richard Wagner’s opera, Der Fliegende Hollander (The Flying Dutchman), had its premiere in Dresden.
1892: Ellis Island opened as America’s first federal immigration center. Annie Moore, at age 15, became the first person to pass through.
1926: The first issue of the legendary British music magazine Melody Maker was published, promising news and information for “all who are interested in the production of popular music.”
1929: The United States and Canada reached an agreement on joint action to preserve Niagara Falls.
1941: The Andrews Sisters recorded “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.”
1950: Sam Phillips opened the Memphis Recording Service, which he later renamed Sun Studio.
1953: “The Life of Riley” debuted on NBC-TV.
1955: In Memphis, the funeral was held for blues star Johnny Ace, who accidentally shot himself on December 25, 1954.
1960: U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination.
1962: A scheduled appearance by The Weavers on “The Tonight Show” with host Jack Paar was canceled after the folk group refused to sign a statement denying any involvement with the Communist Party.
1965: Joe Namath signed the richest rookie contract (worth $400,000) in the history of pro football.
1971: In the U.S., a federally imposed ban on television cigarette advertisements went into effect.
1978: Wild Man Fischer’s album Wildmania was released on Rhino Records.
1979: The trial of ex-Sex Pistol, Sid Vicious for the October 1978 murder of his girlfriend Nancy Spungen, opened in New York City.
1983: The Broadway musical Annie closed at the Uris Theatre after 2,377 performances.
1999: Isaac Hayes’ “Chocolate Salty Balls (P.S. I Love You)” from the TV series “South Park” hit No. 1 in the UK.
1920: Isaac Asimov
1930: Julius La Rosa
1936: Roger Miller
1961: Todd Haynes
1974: Tex Ritter
1997: Randy California
2000: Nat Adderley
2014: Jay Traynor