Rabbi's On This Day: Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Posted 10/2/2012 12:00:00 PM

Tuesday, October 2, 2012


  • Donna Karan (fashion designer) (64)
  • Annie Leibovitz (celebrity photographer) (63)
  • Kelly Ripa (actress, All My Children, Hope & Faith; co-host, Live With Kelly & Michael; Live With Regis And Kelly co-star) (42)
  • Sting (rock/pop singer, bassist-singer, the Police) (61)
  • Don McLean (singer, "American Pie") (67)
  • Lorraine Bracco (actress, Goodfellas, Medicine Man, The Sopranos; former wife of Harvey Keitel and Edward James Olmos) (58)
  • Avery Brooks (actor, Spenser: For Hire, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) (64)
  • Tiffany (1980s pop singer) (41)
  • Efren Ramirez (actor, Employee of the Month, Pedro in Napoleon Dynamite) (39)
  • Freddie Jackson (singer) (56)
  • Paul Teutul Jr. (American Chopper) (38)
  • Mike Rutherford (guitarist-bassist, Genesis, Mike + the Mechanics) (62)
  • Camilla Belle (actress, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, When a Stranger Calls, 10,000 BC, Push) (26)
  • James Root (guitarist, Slipknot, Stone Sour) (41)
  • Bud Gaugh (drummer, Sublime) (45)


  • 1869 Indian political and spiritual leader Mohandas K. Gandhi is born. He dies in 1948.
  • 1890 Actor-comedian Groucho Marx (the Marx Brothers, You Bet Your Life) is born. He dies in 1977.
  • 1895 Actor-comedian Bud Abbott (Abbott & Costello) is born. He dies in 1974.
  • 1919, President Woodrow Wilson suffered a stroke that left him partially paralyzed.
  • 1928 Actor George "Spanky" McFarland (the Little Rascals) is born. He dies in 1993.
  • 1944, Nazi troops finally crushed the two-month-old Warsaw Uprising inPoland, during which 250,000 people were killed.
  • 1950 Actress Persis Khambatta (Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Nighthawks) is born. She dies in 1998.
  • 1950 The comic strip Peanuts is first published, appearing in nine newspapers.
  • 1950, Charles Schultz's Peanuts gang made their debut in nine newspapers under the name Li'l Folks.
  • 1955, Alfred Hitchcock's TV anthology series Alfred Hitchcock Presents made its debut.
  • 1956 Allman Brothers Band and Gov't Mule bassist Allen Woody is born. He dies in 2000.
  • 1959, The Twilight Zone, created and hosted by Rod Serling, debuted on CBS.
  • 1961 The TV series Ben Casey premieres.
  • 1965 "Hang On Sloopy" by the McCoys hits Number One on the pop chart.
  • 1967 Grateful Dead members Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, and Ron "Pigpen" McKernan are arrested and charged with possession of cannabis after a raid at the band's house inSan Francisco. The charges are later dropped on a technicality.
  • 1967, Thurgood Marshall is sworn in as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, making him the first African-American to achieve the honor of the nation’s highest court.
  • 1971 "Maggie May"/"Reason To Believe" by Rod Stewart hits Number One on the pop chart, where it stays for five weeks. That same day, Every Picture Tells A Story hits Number One on the album chart, where it stays for four weeks.
  • 1971 "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" by Joan Baez, a cover of the Band song, peaks at Number Three on the pop chart.
  • 1976 Joe Cocker appears on Saturday Night Live, performing Traffic's "Feelin' Alright" as a duet with John Belushi's "Joe Cocker."
  • 1977 The bodies of Elvis Presley and his mother are moved to Graceland after an attempt is made to steal his body fromForestHillCemetery inMemphis.
  • 1978 The four simultaneously-released solo albums by the members of Kiss -- Gene Simmons, Peter Criss, Paul Stanley, and Ace Frehley -- are simultaneously certified gold and platinum by the RIAA.
  • 1978, in a one-game playoff to decide who would win the American League East title, the New York Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox 5-4 at Fenway Park. Light-hitting Yankee shortstop Bucky Dent was the unlikely hero, hitting a three-run home run.
  • 1980, boxer Larry Holmes successfully defended his heavyweight title, defeating Muhammad Ali in his fourth comeback try.
  • 1982, "Jack And Diane" by John Cougar hits Number One on the pop chart, where it stays for four weeks.
  • 1982, At a WOMAD benefit concert in England, former members Peter Gabriel and Steve Hackett reunite with Genesis for a one-off performance.
  • 1985, Actor Rock Hudson (Giant, Pillow Talk, Ice Station Zebra, MacMillan And Wife) dies at age 59.
  • 1993 The Judgment Night soundtrack enters the Billboard album chart. The album contains collaborations between modern rock and hip-hop acts. Among the pairings: Helmet and House Of Pain, Pearl Jam and Cypress Hill, Faith No More and the Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E., and Living Colour and Run-D.M.C.
  • 1993 White Zombie's La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Volume One enters the Billboard album chart.
  • 1993, "Reason To Believe" by Rod Stewart, from his Unplugged...And Seated album, peaks at Number 19 on the pop chart.
  • 1996 David Lee Roth releases a letter to the media in which he claims that he was an "unwitting participant" in Van Halen's appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards, and that he had been led on about his future involvement with the band.
  • 1996, O.J. Simpson case detective Mark Fuhrman was given three years' probation and a $200 fine for lying under oath in denying that he had ever used a certain racial slur.
  • 1998 Actor-singer Gene Autry ("Back In The Saddle Again") dies at age 91.
  • 2002, The Beltway sniper attacks begin, extending over three weeks.
  • 2004 Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic, Henry Rollins, rapper KRS-One, and Sleater-Kinney's Carrie Brownstein speak on a panel called Political Rockers at the New York Public Library as part of the New Yorker Festival inNew York City.
  • 2004 Pearl Jam welcomes Neil Young to the stage at a Vote For Change concert inToledo,Ohio.
  • 2005 Actor-comedian Nipsey Russell dies at age 87.
  • 2005 Billy Joel and Katie Lee are married at his estate inLong Island,New York. They are currently separated.
  • 2005 Playwright August Wilson (Fences, The Piano Lesson, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom) dies at age 60.
  • 2006 Five school girls are murdered by Charles Carl Roberts in a shooting at an Amish school in Nickel Mines,Pennsylvania before Roberts commits suicide.
  • 2007 Godsmack side project Another Animal releases its self-titled debut disc.
  • 2007 Red Hot Chili Peppers vocalist Anthony Kiedis and then-girlfriend Heather Christie welcome a baby boy named Everly B. into the world atCedarSinaiHospital inLos Angeles. It is the first child for both.
  • 2008 Fall Out Boy donates $50,000 to efforts to defeatCalifornia's Proposition Eight, which aims to overturnCalifornia's legalization of gay marriage.
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