Rabbi's On This Day: Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Posted 10/3/2012 12:00:00 PM

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS:

  • Neve Campbell (actress, Party Of Five, the Scream movies, Wild Things) (39)
  • Gwen Stefani (singer, No Doubt) (43)
  • Chubby Checker (singer, "The Twist") (71)
  • Tommy Lee (rock musician, drummer, Motley Crue; former husband ofHeather Locklear and Pamela Anderson) (50)
  • Janel Moloney (actress, Donna Moss on NBC's The West Wing) (43)
  • Seann William Scott (actor, Stifler from the American Pie movies, Cop Out, Role Models, Road Trip, The Rundown, The Dukes Of Hazzard) (36)
  • Jack Wagner (actor, Melrose Place and General Hospital ) (53)
  • Ashlee Simpson (pop singer/actress; ex-wife of Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz) (28)
  • India.Arie (singer) (37)
  • Talib Kweli (rapper) (37)
  • Clive Owen (actor, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Gosford Park, Closer, Croupier, Inside Man, Children of Men, The International, Duplicity, The Killer Elite) (48)
  • Reverend Al Sharpton (social activist, politician) (58)
  • Lindsey Buckingham (Fleetwood Mac guitarist and singer) (63)
  • Roy Horn (tiger-mauled half of Siegfried and Roy) (68)
  • Ronnie Laws (saxophonist) (62)
  • Kevin Richardson (former member of the Backstreet Boys) (41)
  • Lena Headey (actress, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, 300, The Remains of the Day, Possession, The Brothers Grim, Game Of Thrones) (39)
  • Seth Gabel (actor, Dirty Sexy Money, Fringe, husband of Bryce Dallas Howard) (31)
  • Lajon Witherspoon (singer, Sevendust) (40)
  • Shannyn Sossamon (actress, A Knight's Tale, The Order, One Missed Call) (34)

ON THIS DAY:

  • 1789, President George Washington proclaimed that the first national Thanksgiving Day would be observed on November 26th. On this same date in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln officially declared the last Thursday in November to be Thanksgiving Day.
  • 1900 Author Thomas Wolfe (You Can't Go Home Again) is born. He dies in 1938.
  • 1913, the Federal Income Tax was signed into law.
  • 1938 Eddie Cochran ("Twenty Flight Rock," "Summertime Blues," "C'mon Everybody") is born. He dies in 1960.
  • 1945 A 10-year-old Elvis Presley gives his first public performance -- in a talent contest at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair & Dairy Show inTupelo. Presley comes in second place and wins five dollars.
  • 1951, Bobby Thomson of the New York Giants hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to win the deciding game of a playoff series against the Brooklyn Dodgers and give the Giants the pennant. Known as ''the shot heard 'round the world,'' the famous homer is also known for its equally famous radio call, "The Giants win the pennant, the Giants, win the pennant, the Giants win the pennant..."
  • 1955, Captain Kangaroo, starring Bob Keeshan, debuted on CBS.
  • 1955, Disney's children's TV show, The Mickey Mouse Club, premiered on ABC.
  • 1960, The Andy Griffith Show debuted on CBS.
    1961, The Dick Van Dyke Show premiered on CBS.
  • 1967 Folk singer Woody Guthrie ("This Land Is Your Land"; father of Arlo Guthrie) dies at age 55.
  • 1970 "Lookin' Out My Back Door"/"Long As I Can See The Light" by Creedence Clearwater Revival peaks at Number Two on the pop chart.
  • 1970 Stage Fright by the Band peaks at Number Five on the album chart.
  • 1974, Frank Robinson became the first black manager in major league history when he was signed by the Cleveland Indians.
  • 1976, Milwaukee Brewer Hank Aaron, who holds the all-time home run record, got an infield single in his last major league at-bat.
  • 1981, Irish nationalists at the Maze Prison near Belfast, Northern Ireland, ended seven months of hunger strikes during which 10 people had died.
  • 1981, "Who's Crying Now" by Journey peaks at Number Four on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1987, "Who Will You Run To" by Heart peaks at Number Seven on the pop chart, where it stays for three weeks.
  • 1987, "Paper In Fire" by John Cougar Mellencamp peaks at Number Nine on the pop chart, where it stays for three weeks. That same day, The Lonesome Jubilee peaks at Number Six on the album chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1990, East and West Germany ended 45 years of postwar division, declaring the creation of a new unified country, the Federal Republic of Germany.
  • 1995, O.J. Simpson was found not guilty of the murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman.
  • 1996 Responding to former lead singer David Lee Roth's open letter a day earlier, the remaining members of Van Halen issue a statement: "We parted company with David Lee Roth 11 years ago for many reasons. In his open letter of October 2nd, we were reminded of some of them. The intention all along was to do two new songs with Dave for the Best Of Volume 1 package. He was never led to believe anything but that...Dave was never an 'unwitting participant.'"
  • 1998 Actor Roddy McDowall (How Green Was My Valley, Lassie Come Home, Cornelius in the Planet Of The Apes movies, Bedknobs And Broomsticks, The Poseidon Adventure) dies at age 70.
  • 2000 Cars singer-bassist Benjamin Orr dies at age 53.
  • 2002, five people were gunned down one by one in the Washington suburbs in Maryland in less than 16 hours. Before suspects John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo were caught three weeks later, 10 people had been killed and three others wounded by the snipers.
  • 2003, Roy Horn of Siegfried & Roy is attacked by one of their show's tigers, canceling the show for good.
  • 2004 Actress Janet Leigh (Touch Of Evil, Psycho, The Manchurian Candidate; former wife of Tony Curtis; mother of Jamie Lee Curtis) dies at age 77.
  • 1789 President George Washington proclaims that the first national Thanksgiving Day would be observed on November 26th. On this same date in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln officially declares the last Thursday in November to be Thanksgiving Day.
  • 1913 The Federal Income Tax is signed into law.
  • 1945 A 10-year-old Elvis Presley gives his first public performance -- in a talent contest at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair & Dairy Show inTupelo. Presley comes in second place and wins five dollars.
  • 1951 Bobby Thomson of the New York Giants hits a three-run home run, known as ''the shot heard 'round the world," in the bottom of the ninth inning to win the deciding game of a playoff series against the Brooklyn Dodgers and give the Giants the pennant.
  • 1954 Stevie Ray Vaughan is born. He dies in 1990.
  • 1955 The TV series Captain Kangaroo, starring Robert Keeshan, premieres.
  • 1961 The TV series The Dick Van Dyke Show, starring Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore, premieres.
  • 1990 East andWest Germanyare reunited.
  • 1992 During a performance of Bob Marley's "War" on Saturday Night Live, singer Sinead O'Connor stuns the studio audience by tearing up a picture of Pope John Paul II, calling him "the real enemy." The NBC switchboard logs 500 complaint calls.
  • 1995 A jury finds O.J. Simpson not guilty in the murders of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman.
  • 1996 Responding to former lead singer David Lee Roth's open letter a day earlier, the remaining members of Van Halen issue a statement: "We parted company with David Lee Roth 11 years ago for many reasons. In his open letter of October 2nd, we were reminded of some of them. The intention all along was to do two new songs with Dave for the Best Of Volume 1 package. He was never led to believe anything but that...Dave was never an 'unwitting participant.'"
  • 1998 Actor Roddy McDowall (Cornelius in the Planet Of The Apes movies, The Poseidon Adventure) dies at age 70.
  • 2000 Green Day releases its Warning album.
  • 2000 Radiohead's Kid A arrives in stores.
  • 2001 Courtney Love files suit against former Nirvana members Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl, as well as the Universal Music Group, over control of the rights to the group fronted by her late husband Kurt Cobain. The suit is settled almost exactly a year later, paving the way for future Nirvana releases.
  • 2002 Five people are gunned down one by one in the Washingtonsuburbs in Marylandin less than 16 hours. Before suspects John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo are caught three weeks later, 10 people are killed and three others wounded by the snipers.
  • 2003 The Offspring announces that its new drummer will be Atom Willard, formerly of Rocket From The Crypt. He replaces original member Ron Welty.
  • 2004 Actress Janet Leigh (Touch Of Evil, Psycho, The Manchurian Candidate; former wife of Tony Curtis; mother of Jamie Lee Curtis) dies at age 77.
  • 2004 Aerosmith's Steven Tyler coaches an all-star team at actor-comedian Denis Leary's annual Celebrity Hat Trick benefit hockey game, which also includes Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, actors and hockey stars.
  • 2006 A rare, limited-edition vinyl copy of Metallica's second album, 1984's Ride The Lightning, is sold on eBay for nearly $1,900. The disc is one of 500 copies pressed by the band's European label in 1989 featuring the Metallica logo in red.
  • 2006 Evanescence releases its second major label album, The Open Door.
  • 2007 Foo Fighters debut at Number Three on the Billboard album chart with the band's sixth studio album, Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace. The record sells 168,000 copies in its first week in stores.
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