Rabbi's On This Day: Friday, July 6, 2012
7/6/2012 12:00:00 PM
Friday, July 6, 2012
- George W. Bush (43rd U.S. President) (66)
- 50 Cent (multi-platinum rapper/actor) (37)
- Della Reese (actress and gospel singer, Touched By An Angel) (81)
- Sylvester Stallone (actor, the Rocky movies, the Rambo movies) (66)
- Burt Ward (actor, TV's Dick Grayson 'Robin' of Batman) (67)
- The Dalai Lama (Buddhist spiritual leader of the Tibetan people) (77)
- Nancy Reagan (former first lady; widow of Ronald Reagan) (91)
- Geoffrey Rush (actor, The King's Speech, Shine, Shakespeare In Love, Frida, the Pirates Of The Caribbean movies) (61)
- Nanci Griffith (folk singer-songwriter) (59)
- Ned Beatty (actor, Deliverance, Homicide: Life On The Street) (75)
- Rick Braun (jazz trumpeter) (57)
- Fred Dryer (actor, Hunter) (66)
- Jeannie Seely (country singer) (72)
- Brian Van Holt (actor, Cougar Town's Bobby) (43)
- Nic Cester (frontman, Jet) (33)
ON THIS DAY:
- 1776 The Declaration of Independence is announced on the front page of the Pennsylvania Evening Gazette.
- 1854, the Republican Party was born at a convention inJackson,Michigan.
- 1907 Mexican painter Frida Kahlo was born. She died July 13, 1954 at 47
- 1918 Actor Sebastian Cabot (Family Affair's Mr. French) is born. He dies in 1977.
- 1923, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (U.S.S.R.) was formed.
- 1925 Bill Haley of "Rock Around The Clock" fame, one of the first American rock and roll artists, is born. He dies in 1981.
- 1925 talk show host and TV producer Merv Griffin was born. He died in 2007.
- 1927 Actress Janet Leigh (Psycho; mother of Jamie Lee Curtis; former wife of Tony Curtis) is born. She dies in October of 2004.
- 1933, baseball's first All-Star Game was played atChicago'sComiskeyPark.
- 1944, a fire and ensuing stampede at a Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus big top in Hartford, Connecticut, killed 169 people, the majority of whom were children. It was dubbed "The Day the Clowns Cried."
- 1945, President Harry Truman signed an executive order establishing the Medal of Freedom to be awarded to civilians for meritorious service.
- 1947, Allen Funt debuted with The Candid Microphone on ABC Radio. The show later became a TV hit as Candid Camera.
- 1953, the game show Name That Tune debuted on NBC.
- 1957 Paul McCartney meets John Lennon at the St. Peter's Church Garden Fete in Woolton, a suburb of Liverpool, where Lennon's band the Quarrymen are performing. Soon after, Lennon invites McCartney to join the band.
- 1957, New York City's Althea Gibson became the first black tennis player to win aWimbledon singles title.
- 1964, the Beatles' first movie, A Hard Day's Night, premiered.
- 1971, legendary jazz trumpeter Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong died in his sleep at the age of 69.
- 1976 The Damned play their first real concert, opening for the Sex Pistols atLondon's 100 Club.
- 1981 Nobel Peace Prize-winner Anwar el-Sadat, the President of Egypt, is assassinated. Sadat was reviewing a military parade when the attack by Islamic fundamentalists occurred.
- 1991 For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge by Van Halen enters the album chart at Number One.
- 1992 Megadeth releases its fifth album, Countdown To Extinction.
- 1994 The movie Forrest Gump, starring Tom Hanks, Robin Wright Penn, Gary Sinise, Mykelti Williamson, and Sally Field, opens.
- 1995 In a statement, Pearl Jam says they are "disappointed" by the Justice Department's decision to drop its anti-trust probe of Ticketmaster.
- 1997 The Sojourner landrover rolls off the Mars Pathfinder onto the Martian landscape to begin inspecting the Red Planet's soil and rocks.
- 1998 Cowboy actor Roy Rogers dies at age 86.
- 2000, the German parliament offered a formal apology to Nazi-era slave and forced laborers when it passed a bill setting up a $5 billion compensation fund.
- 2000, Venus Williams beat her younger sister Serena 6-2, 7-6 (3) to reach theWimbledon final. Their singles match was the first between sisters in a Grand Slam semifinal.
- 2001 Black Sabbath cancels a series of post-Ozzfest summer tour dates because of pressure from Ozzy Osbourne's record label to complete his next solo album.
- 2001, former FBI agent Robert Hanssen plead guilty to 15 criminal counts, and agreed to give a full accounting of his spying activities for Moscow.
- 2002, Serena Williams triumphs over her sister Venus to win the Wimbledon Women's singles competition.
- 2003 Actor Buddy Ebsen (actor, The Beverly Hillbillies, Barnaby Jones) dies at age 95.
- 2003 Lightning injures eight people prior to a Dave Matthews Band concert inEast Troy,Wisconsin.
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