1918 – World War I
Training in cross country flying by night is contemplated by the flying department at Kelly Field. While the night flying has been confined to the field so far, it has served the purpose of training the aviators in landing, which is the most difficult and dangerous part of flying at night. It is now planning to extend this training by cross country flights to be made at night.
An all-girl vocal group called “The Wailers” makes their debut performance in the “Frolic of Fun” at Phillis Wheatley High School. The members include Kay Byers, Gloria Himes, Lois Tonsall and 14 year-old Darlene Wright. Wright would later move to Los Angeles and is today known as Darlene Love. She was named to Rolling Stone magazine’s list of 100 Greatest Singers.
Jimmy Dorsey performs at the Municipal Auditorium, two days before his 53rd birthday and less than four months before his death from cancer on June 12. At the time of his death, his final recording, “So Rare,” was #5 on the Billboard charts. It would reach #2 and be named the #5 song for all of 1957.