On July 8…

1795 – Martin Academy in Washington, TN changed its name to Washington College, the first college to be named after President George Washington.

1907 – Florenz Ziegfeld staged the first Ziegfeld Follies at the roof garden of the New York Theatre.

1908 – Nelson Rockefeller, Governor of New York (1958 – 1973), Vice-President under Gerald Ford (1974 – 1977), was born in Bar Harbor, ME.

1958 – The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) awarded the first gold record album to the soundtrack LP, Oklahoma!  The honor signifies that the album has reached one million dollars in sales.  The first gold single issued by the RIAA was Catch a Falling Star, by Perry Como, in March of 1958.

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