Rabbi's On This Day: Saturday, October 6, 2012
Posted 10/6/2012 12:00:00 PM

Saturday, October 6, 2012

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS:

  • Elisabeth Shue (actress, The Karate Kid, Cocktail, Back To The Future II and III, Cocktail, Piranha 3D, Leaving Las Vegas; sister of Andrew Shue) (49)
  • Matthew Sweet (singer/songwriter Rock musician, "Girlfriend," "Sick Of Myself") (48)
  • Britt Ekland (Swedish model-actress, ex wife of Peter Sellers, ex-girlfriend of Rod Stewart who whispers in French on the hit song "Tonight's The Night (Gonna Be Alright)") (70)
  • Jeremy Sisto (actor, Suburgatory, Six Feet Under, Clueless, Law & Order, Thirteen) (38)
  • Ioan Gruffudd (actor, "Mr. Fantastic" in the Fantastic Four movies) (39)
  • Tommy Stinson (bassist, the Replacements, Guns N'Roses) (46)
  • J.J. Stokes (controversial NFL player) (40)
  • Tim Rushlow (country musician, former lead singer of Little Texas, now in Rushlow Harris) (46)
  • Kevin Cronin (lead singer-guitarist-pianist, REO Speedwagon) (61)
  • David Hidalgo (lead singer-guitarist-accordionist, Los Lobos) (58)
  • Millie Small ("My Boy Lollipop") (66)
  • Ellen Travolta (actress, John Travolta's sister, who played Horshack's mother on Welcome Back Kotter) (72)
  • Olivia Thirlby (actress, Juno, The Wackness, Bored to Death, Dredd 3D) (26)

ON THIS DAY:

  • 1866, the Reno Brothers committedAmerica's first train robbery, nearSeymour,Indiana, stealing about $13,000.
  • 1893 Cream Of Wheat is invented.
  • 1927, the first full-length sound movie, The Jazz Singer, starring Al Jolson, opened.
  • 1949, American-born Iva Toguri D'Aquino, convicted of being Japanese wartime broadcaster Tokyo Rose, was sentenced to 10 years in jail and fined $10,000 for war crimes.
  • 1961, President John F. Kennedy advised Americans to build fallout shelters to protect their families from atomic fallout in the event of a nuclear conflict with theSoviet Union.
  • 1966 LSD is declared illegal in theUnited States.
  • 1968 A documentary about the Doors, called The Doors Are Open, airs in theU.K.
  • 1969 "Something"/"Come Together" by the Beatles is released.
  • 1973 "Loves Me Like A Rock" by Paul Simon peaks at Number Two on the pop chart.
  • 1973, hoping to win back territory lost during the third Arab-Israeli war, Egypt and Syria launched a surprise attack against Israel on the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur.Israel reversed the initial Arab gains before a cease-fire two weeks later.
  • 1976, in his second debate with Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter, President Gerald Ford asserted there was, ''no Soviet domination of eastern Europe.'' Ford later conceded that he'd misspoken.
  • 1978 Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger apologizes to the Reverend Jesse Jackson after the civil-rights leader denounces the song "Some Girls" as racist. Nevertheless, Jagger refuses to change the offending lyrics.
  • 1980 Former Sex Pistols singer Johnny Lydon (a.k.a. Johnny Rotten) is arrested after a brawl at a club inDublin,Ireland. He's sentenced to three years in jail, but is later acquitted on appeal.
  • 1981, "Leather And Lace" by Stevie Nicks is released.
  • 1981, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, who won a Nobel Peace Prize for making peace with Israel, was assassinated by Muslim extremists. He was 62.
  • 1984, The Eddie And The Cruisers soundtrack by John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band peaks at Number Nine on the album chart, where it spends a total of five weeks.
  • 1985, The Price is Right TV game show announcer Johnny Olson died. He was 75.
  • 1987, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 9-5 against the nomination of Robert H. Bork to the Supreme Court.
  • 1988 The Joshua Tree album by U2 was certified quintuple platinum.
  • 1989, Actress Bette Davis (The Man Who Came To Dinner, All About Eve, What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?) dies at age 81.
  • 1990 Empire by Queensryche peaks at Number Seven on the album chart.
  • 1991 Anita Hill accuses Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment, dating to the time she worked as his assistant.
  • 1991, Elizabeth Taylor wed for the eighth time, to construction worker Larry Fortensky, whom she'd met in rehab. The two divorced five years later.
  • 1992 R.E.M.'s Automatic For The People is released.
  • 1993 White Zombie's La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Vol. 1 is certified gold.
  • 1993, after leading his Chicago Bulls to three consecutive championships, Michael Jordan announced he was retiring from basketball to play pro baseball. He never advanced beyond the minor leagues however, and returned to basketball in March 1995.
  • 1995 Van Halen is inducted into the Hollywood Rock Walk.
  • 1995, "Grind," the first track from Alice in Chains' self-titled third album, is released to radio via satellite uplink to stem the excessive spread of taped copies of the song. Earlier in October, the song had been leaked to radio prematurely.
  • 1996 Filmmaker David Lynch confirms that Trent Reznor will produce the soundtrack to his upcoming film, Lost Highway. The soundtrack includes a new Nine Inch Nails song, as well as new tracks from Marilyn Manson, Smashing Pumpkins, and David Bowie.
  • 1996, Tiger Woods won his first professional tournament, the Las Vegas Invitational.
  • 1998 Cake's Prolonging The Magic is released.
  • 2001, 41-year-old Baltimore Oriole Cal Ripken Jr. played his 3,001st and final game at Baltimore's Camden Yards. Baseball's "Iron Man," who holds the consecutive games record, went hitless.
  • 2003 Incubus begins selling its own authorized live bootlegs through its website, with all proceeds benefiting the Make Yourself Foundation, a charitable organization launched by the band.
  • 2003 Linkin Park's second album, Meteora, is certified triple platinum.
  • 2004 Incubus singer Brandon Boyd is arrested atNew York'sLaGuardiaAirport for carrying a switchblade while trying to board an airplane. Boyd, who says he forgot the knife was in his carry-on bag, is charged with criminal possession of a weapon.
  • 2004 The Used debuts at Number Six on the Billboard Top 200 album chart, as its sophomore album, In Love And Death, sells more than 93,000 copies in its first week of release.
  • 2008 Scars on Broadway, the new group featuring System of a Down guitarist/singer Daron Malakian and drummer John Dolmayan, abruptly cancels its North American tour. A statement from the band's publicist says that Malakian's "heart wasn't into touring at this time." The band does not reschedule the tour.
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