In 1877…At a gathering of friends and colleagues, Thomas Edison unveiled his new "talking machine," later called the phonograph. The first thing recorded on
new invention was the song "Mary Had a Little Lamb." Recording made by Thomas A. Edison on August 12, 1927, at
the Golden Jubilee of the Phonograph ceremony. In this recording Edison demonstrates how in 1877 he made the first record
on his tinfoil phonograph. The original 1877 recording was not saved and no
In 1944…The first episode of "The Roy Rogers Show," featuring the Whippoorwills and the Sons of the Pioneers, was broadcast by radio stations of the Mutual Broadcasting System. It began as a western music and variety show and evolved into an action-drama series during its 10-year run. "The Roy Rogers Show" on television ran for six seasons beginning in December of 1951.
In 1955…In Memphis, Sun Records owner and producer Sam Phillips sold Elvis Presley's contract to RCA for an unheard-of $35,000, at that time the largest amount ever paid to sign a recording artist and topping the offer of $25,000 for Presley's contract made by Atlantic Records. Elvis received $13,500 of the total. Phillips invested his proceeds from the deal in a two-year-old Memphis-based hotel chain called Holiday Inn.
In 1963…U.S. President John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline, arrived in
. They were starting a
two-day visit to San Antonio,
Texas Texas that would end in Dallas.
In 1979…morning man Harry Harrison did his last show on
In 1983…In Los Angeles, movie theaters premiered Michael Jackson's 14-minute "Thriller" video. The Guinness Book of World Records later named it the "most successful music video" of all time, selling more than 9 million copies.
In 1993…Jim McLaughlin, Radio newsman for WKBW-AM,
Buffalo, died at age 59.
Radio pesonality, John
Lanigan, was arrested for drunken driving. Cleveland,