Rabbi's On This Day: Friday, August 3, 2012
8/3/2012 12:00:00 PM
Friday, August 3, 2012
- James Hetfield (singer-guitarist, Metallica) (49)
- Martha Stewart (TV personality, convicted felon, domestic goddess) (71)
- Ed Roland (singer-guitarist, Collective Soul) (49)
- Stephen Carpenter (guitarist, Deftones) (42)
- Isaiah Washington (actor, Grey's Anatomy) (49)
- Evangeline Lilly (actress, Kate on Lost, The Hobbit) (33)
- Tony Bennett (singer) (86)
- John Landis (director, Trading Places, National Lampoon's Animal House, The Blues Brothers, An American Werewolf In London, Spies Like Us) (62)
- Jay North (TV's Dennis the Menace) (61)
- Martin Sheen (actor, The American President, Apocalypse Now, The West Wing, Catch Me If You Can, The Amazing Spider-Man; father of Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez) (72)
- Morris "B.B." Dickerson (member of War) (63)
- Beverly Lee (member of the Shirelles) (71)
- John C. McGinley (actor, Platoon, Wall Street, Office Space, Any Given Sunday, Scrubs) (53)
- Lee Rocker (bassist, the Stray Cats) (51)
- Tom Brady (New England Patriots quarterback; husband of Gisele Bundchen) (35)
- Mamie Gummer (actress, John Adams, Evening, Stop-Loss, Taking Woodstock, daughter of Meryl Streep) (29)
- Michael Ealy (actor, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Miracle at St. Anna, Takers, For Colored Girls, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Californication, Common Law) (39)
ON THIS DAY:
- 1492 Christopher Columbus and three ships -- the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria -- set sail fromPalos De La Frontera,Spain, searching for a westward ocean route toIndia. Instead, they land in the "New World."
- 1492, Christopher Columbus, accompanied by a crew of 90, set sail from Palos De La Frontera, Spain, with three ships -- the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria -- on a westward voyage that he hoped would take him to India. Columbus and company landed on October 12th at what is now Guanahani,San SalvadorIsland in theBahamas -- notIndia, but the “New World” of theAmericas.
- 1811 Elevator pioneer Elisha Graves Otis is born. He dies in 1861.
- 1924 Author Joseph Conrad dies at age 66. His Heart Of Darkness is the basis for Apocalypse Now.
- 1933 The Mickey Mouse Watch is introduced at a cost of $2.75.
- 1966 Comedian Lenny Bruce dies at age 40.
- 1971 Paul McCartney announces the formation of his new band Wings, his first group since the Beatles. Joining McCartney in the group are Moody Blues founder Denny Laine, Denny Seiwell, and McCartney's wife Linda.
- 1974 "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" by Steely Dan peaks at Number Four on the pop chart.
- 1974 "The Air That I Breathe" by the Hollies peaks at Number Six on the pop chart.
- 1974 Before The Flood by Bob Dylan & the Band peaks at Number Three on the album chart, where it stays for two weeks.
- 1974 Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band open for Anne Murray at the Schaefer Music Festival in New York City. It is the last gig for E Street Band drummer Ernest "Boom" Carter and keyboardist David Sancious, who are replaced by Max Weinberg and Roy Bittan, respectively.
- 1975, Atari released a home version of the arcade video game Pong.
- 1977, Radio Shack issued a press release introducing the TRS-80 Model I computer. Ten thousand were sold in the first month.
- 1981 Air traffic controllers go on strike, against President Reagan.
- 1981, air traffic controllers went on strike illegally, despite the advice and warning from President Ronald Reagan that they would be fired if they did so, causing flight delays and cancellations nationwide. Reagan ordered them to end the strike within 48 hours, and fired them all two days later when they failed to return to work.
- 1983 Actress Carolyn Jones (The Addams Family's Morticia Addams) dies at age 54.
- 1985 "Get It On" by the Power Station peaks at Number Nine on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.
- 1985 "Glory Days" by Bruce Springsteen peaks at Number Five on the pop chart.
- 1985 "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free" by Sting peaks at Number Three on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.
- 1985 "Shout" by Tears For Fears hits Number One on the pop chart, where it stays for three weeks.
- 1989 Primetime Live debuts on ABC with hosts Sam Donaldson and Diane Sawyer.
- 1992, millions of South African blacks joined a nationwide strike against white-led rule.
- 1996 After performing a guest set at Lollapalooza alongside Metallica, Soundgarden, and the Ramones, Devo singer-keyboardist Mark Mothersbaugh says, "I think de-evolution has been proven. Look at the audience and watch the bands on the bill. Unfortunately, Devo was right. We are more devolved than we were 20 years ago."
- 2000 The debut album from 3 Doors Down, titled The Better Life, is certified double platinum.
- 2000, Texas Governor George W. Bush accepted the Republican presidential nomination at the party's convention inPhiladelphia, presenting himself as an outsider who would return "civility and respect" toWashington politics.
- 2002 The surviving members of the Grateful Dead -- bassist Phil Lesh, singer-guitarist Bob Weir, and drummer-percussionists Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann -- play together for the first time as the Other Ones. The performance was part of the Terrapin Station festival at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, Wisconsin. It's the first time since Jerry Garcia's death in 1995 that they formally share a stage as a band.
- 2004 Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland's efforts to stay clean, following his October 2003 arrest on drug possession charges, are deemed a success during a probation status hearing where he is granted a certificate for completing a six-month rehab program.
- 2006 Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello and System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian are among the people listed in a full-page anti-George W. Bush petition that runs in the New York Times.
- 2007 Lollapalooza begins its third year as a "destination festival" at Grant Park in Chicago, adding a third day of performances and featuring a lineup that includes Pearl Jam, Modest Mouse, Muse, Snow Patrol, the Silversun Pickups, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and over 100 others.