It was on this day in 1955 that Little Richard said “a-wop-bop-a-loo-bop-a-lop-bam-boom.” He was in New Orleans to record a new album and had gone to a nearby tavern for lunch. While there he sat down at a piano and started playing a rather lewd ditty. His producer, who was eating with the musician, liked the song so much that he encourgaed the artist to “clean it up” in order to record it. With only 15 minutes of studio time left, the tracks were laid down for Tutti-Frutti, becoming one of Little Richard’s biggest hits.
The first event that Wiki takes note of happening on this day is “81 – Domitian becomes Emperor of the Roman Empire upon the death of his brother Titus” and the most recent is “2008 – All 88 people on board Aeroflot Flight 821 when the plane crashes on approach to Perm Airport.”
A few other things that also took place on this day are:
1814 – After watching the British bombard American forces, Francis Scott Key starts to write a poem he entitles Defence of Fort McHenry. It is later used as the lyrics for the United State’s national anthem.
1959 – Luna 2, a Soviet space probe, becomes the first man-made object to reach the moon.
1960 – Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela band together to form the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries.
Happy birthday to Wendy Thomas, Ed King, Jon Bauman, and Walter Koenig.