Rabbi's On This Day: Sunday, October 7, 2012
Posted 10/7/2012 12:00:00 PM

Sunday, October 7, 2012


  • Joy Behar (comedian, The View co-host, HLN) (70 disputed, 69)
  • Oliver North (Iran-Contra scandal figure, right-wing talk show host) (69)
  • Vladimir Putin (former Prime Minister of Russia, former Russian President) (60)
  • Desmond Tutu (Nobel Peace Prize winner) (81)
  • Thom Yorke (singer, Radiohead) (44)
  • Simon Cowell (judge, The X Factor, American Idol) (53)
  • Taylor Hicks (American Idol winner, pop star) (36)
  • Nicole Ari Parker (actress; Soul Food) (42)
  • John Mellencamp (rock musician, singer-songwriter) (61)
  • Yo-Yo Ma (cellist) (57)
  • Tico Torres (drummer, Bon Jovi) (59)
  • Kevin Godley (singer-drummer and video pioneer, 10cc) (67)
  • Dave Hope (former bassist, Kansas) (63)
  • Damian Kulash (singer/guitarist, OK Go) (37)
  • Serena Altschul (personality, MTV) (42)
  • Rachel McAdams (actress, Wedding Crashers, Red Eye, The Time Traveler's Wife, Sherlock Holmes, Midnight In Paris) (36)
  • Yo-Yo Ma (cellist) (57)


  • 1849 Author Edgar Allan Poe ("The Raven," "The Bells," "The Pit And The Pendulum," "The Tell-Tale Heart," "Annabel Lee") dies at age 40.
  • 1914, Rose Fitzgerald wed Joseph P. Kennedy, starting the Kennedy political dynasty.
  • 1943 Singer-guitarist Dino Valente (Quicksilver Messenger Service; wrote the Youngbloods hit "Get Together") is born. He dies in 1994.
  • 1949, the Democratic Republic of Germany, communistEast Germany, was proclaimed within the post-World War Two Soviet occupation zone.
  • 1957 The  TV series American Bandstand, hosted by Dick Clark, premieres nationally. It had been airing locally inPhiladelphia before that.
  • 1967 "We Love You" by the Rolling Stones peaks at Number 50 on the pop chart.
  • 1967 Mamas & the Papas singer "Mama" Cass Elliot spends a night in aLondon jail after being accused of stealing from a hotel.
  • 1967 The Beatles reject a million-dollar offer from promoter Sid Bernstein to perform at Shea Stadium inNew York City again.
  • 1968, the Motion Picture Association of America adopted its film-rating system: "G" for general audiences; "M" (later "PG") for mature audiences; "R" for restricted audiences; and "X" (later "NC-17") for adult patrons only.
  • 1972 "Go All The Way" by the Raspberries peaks at Number Five on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1972 Carney by Leon Russell peaks at Number Two on the album chart, where it stays for four weeks.
  • 1975 John Lennon wins his fight with the U.S. Immigration Service, as the New York State Supreme Court overturns his deportation order.
  • 1977 "We Will Rock You"/"We Are The Champions" by Queen is released.
  • 1977 Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett announces that he is leaving the group for a solo career.
  • 1978 "Don't Look Back" by Boston peaks at Number Four on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1978 Nightwatch by Kenny Loggins peaks at Number Seven on the album chart, where it stays for five weeks.
  • 1978 The Rolling Stones appear on Saturday Night Live.
  • 1981, Bella Donna by Stevie Nicks is certified both gold and platinum.
  • 1982, Cats opens on Broadway and runs for nearly 18 years before closing on September 10th, 2000.
  • 1984, Walter Payton of the Chicago Bears passed Jim Brown in the record books as the all-time leader in rushing yardage. Payton finished the day with 12,400 yards, besting Brown's 12,312 career yards. Payton retired after the 1987 season, having run for 16,726 yards, still the record. He died of cancer in 1999 at 45.
  • 1985, four Palestinian terrorists hijacked the Achille Lauro, an Italian cruise ship carrying 440 passengers, off Egypt. After demanding the release of 50 Palestinian prisoners in Israel, the terrorists killed 69-year-old disabled American Leon Klinghoffer, and threw his body overboard with his wheelchair. Two days later, the hijackers surrendered in exchange for a pledge of safe passage to theMiddle East. But as an Egyptian jet was flying the hijackers to freedom,U.S. jets intercepted the plane and forced it to land inSicily, where the terrorists were taken into custody by Italian authorities.
  • 1985, Lynette Woodward became the first woman to play for the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team.
  • 1989, Steel Wheels by the Rolling Stones peaks at Number Three on the album chart, where it spends four weeks.
  • 1994 Queensryche's fourth album, Empire, is certified triple platinum by the RIAA.
  • 1995 Actors Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen are married.
  • 1998, University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard is beaten, robbed, and left tied to a wooden fence outside Laramie, Wyoming, in a gay-bashing incident. He dies five days later.
  • 1999 Creed's Human Clay beats out Garth Brooks' Garth Brooks in... The Life of Chris Gaines for the top spot on the Billboard album chart. It is the first time Brooks does not debut at Number One since 1995.
  • 1999, American Home Products Corp. resolved one of the biggest product liability cases ever, agreeing to pay up to $4.83 billion to settle claims that the fen-phen diet drug combination caused dangerous heart valve problems.
  • 2000 Limp Bizkit, 311, System Of A Down, (hed) p.e., and event hosts Cypress Hill appear at the third annual Smoke Out festival in San Bernardino, California.
  • 2000 The Kiss pay-per-view The Last Kiss premieres. That same night, drummer Peter Criss plays his last show with the band -- except for an orchestral performance inMelbourne,Australia, in February of 2003.
  • 2001, San Francisco Giants' left fielder Barry Bonds hit his final home run of the year, setting the new season homer mark at 73.
  • 2001, the U.S. and Great Britain began air strikes in Afghanistan, the first military action taken in response to the terrorist attacks on the U.S. on September 11th, 2001.
  • 2002 Good Charlotte performs at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, as part of record release festivities for its second album, The Young And The Hopeless.
  • 2003 Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger is elected governor of California in a recall election that ousts Democratic governor Gray Davis.
  • 2005 Nine Inch Nails plays its first show, in Chicago, with replacement drummer Alex Carapetis, who takes over following the departure of Jerome Dillon due to a heart ailment. Carapetis himself is replaced a short time later by Josh Freese.
  • 2005 The Black Crowes play a Hurricane Katrina benefit at the Mud Island Amphitheatre inMemphis, with proceeds going to relief efforts.
  • 2006 Rob Zombie's second film as a director, The Devil's Rejects, is named "Best Horror Movie" at Spike TV's 2006 Scream Awards.
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