‘Rock Around the Clock’ became first rock hit

Pioneer rock 'n' roller Bill Haley, seated, and his Comets rocked around and around the clock with their hit, which in 1955 was the first rock record to hit the top of the Billboard Pop charts, where it stayed for eight weeks.

Today is July 9. On this date:


British General Edward Braddock was mortally wounded as his troops suffered a massive defeat during the French and Indian War (he died four days later).


The Declaration of Independence was read aloud to Gen. George Washington’s troops in New York.


The 12th president of the United States, Zachary Taylor, died after serving only 16 months of his term. (He was succeeded by Millard Fillmore.)


A train collision in Nashville, Tennessee, resulted in 101 people killed.


The Distinguished Service Cross was established by an Act of Congress.


A fire at 20th Century Fox’s film storage facility in Little Ferry, New Jersey, destroyed most of the studio’s silent films.

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