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

Wednesday, October 10, 2012


  • Mario Lopez (actor, Saved By the Bell's A.C. Slater) (39)
  • Jonathan Butler (South African jazz singer/guitarist) (51)
  • Julia Sweeney (actress/comedienne, played Saturday Night Live's sexually ambiguous character “Pat”) (53)
  • Tanya Tucker (country singer) (54)
  • Ben Vereen (actor-dancer) (66)
  • Bradley Whitford (actor, Presumed Innocent, The Client, The West Wing, Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip; ex-husband of Jane Kaczmarek) (52)
  • Mya (R&B singer) (33)
  • Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (NASCAR racer) (38)
  • Brett Favre (Green Bay Packers, New York Jets, Minnesota Vikings quarterback) (43)
  • David Lee Roth (rock singer, past and current lead singer of Van Halen) (57, disputed 58)
  • Gary Richrath (former lead guitarist, REO Speedwagon) (63)
  • Peter Coyote (actor, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Jagged Edge, Erin Brockovich, Commander-In-Chief, The 4400) (71)
  • Midge Ure (Band Aid/Live Aid organizer, singer-guitarist, Thin Lizzy, Ultravox) (59)
  • Eric Martin (lead singer, Mr. Big) (52)
  • John Prine (singer-songwriter) (66)
  • Bai Ling (actress) (46, disputed)
  • Aimee Teegarden (actress, Friday Night Lights, Prom, Scream 4) (23)
  • Mike Malinin (drummer, the Goo Goo Dolls) (45)
  • Dean Roland (rhythm guitarist, Collective Soul) (40)


  • 1845, the formal opening of the U.S. Naval Academy took place inAnnapolis,Maryland.
  • 1924 Director Edward D. Wood Jr. (Plan 9 From Outer Space) is born. He dies in 1978.
  • 1933, Proctor & Gamble's Dreft, the first synthetic detergent, went on sale.
  • 1963 American journalist Daniel Pearl is born. He is kidnapped and murdered by terrorists inPakistan in 2002.
  • 1963, a treaty banning atmospheric nuclear tests was signed by theU.S., theU.K., and the U.S.S.R.
  • 1965 Actor Chris Penn (Reservoir Dogs, True Romance; brother of Sean Penn) is born. He dies in 2006.
  • 1973 Kiss enters the studio to begin recording its self-titled debut album.
  • 1973, Vice President Spiro T. Agnew, accused of accepting bribes, pleaded no contest to one count of federal income tax evasion, and resigned his office. He was fined $10,000 and placed on three years' probation.
  • 1975 Kiss is given the keys to the city ofCadillac,Michigan, before appearing in the town's homecoming parade.
  • 1976 EMI Records signs the Sex Pistols for 40,000 British pounds. By the end of the year, they're sorry they ever signed them.
  • 1976, the $68 million Meadowlands football stadium, home of the New York Giants and later the New York Jets, opened in New Jersey.
  • 1978 Van Halen's self-titled debut album is certified platinum.
  • 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a bill authorizing the Susan B. Anthony dollar coin.
  • 1980, Actor Billie "Buckwheat" Thomas (the Little Rascals) dies at age 49.
  • 1980, Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham's funeral takes place inEngland.
  • 1981, The Innocent Age by Dan Fogelberg peaks at Number Six on the album chart, where it stays for six weeks.
  • 1985, Actor Yul Brynner (The King And I, The Ten Commandments, The Magnificent Seven, Westworld, Futureworld) dies at age 70.
  • 1985, Actor-director-writer Orson Welles (Citizen Kane, The Third Man, Touch Of Evil, Casino Royale, Catch-22, The Muppet Movie) dies at age 70.
  • 1986, 5150 by Van Halen is certified triple platinum.
  • 1987, "Here I Go Again" by Whitesnake hits Number One on the pop chart.
  • 1989, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble shoot a performance for the PBS series Austin City Limits.
  • 1991 Pink Floyd is inducted into the National Association Of Brick Distributors' Hall Of Fame for the band's contributions to the industry with The Wall.
  • 1991 R.E.M.'s Murmur is certified gold by the RIAA.
  • 1992 Former Guns N' Roses lead guitarist Slash marries Renee Suran. They later divorce.
  • 2002, the House voted 296-133 to give President George W. Bush the authority to use military force against Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, with or without United Nations support.
  • 2003, conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh announced that he was addicted to painkillers and would check into a rehab center.
  • 2004 Actor Christopher Reeve (Superman I through IV, Somewhere In Time, The Remains Of The Day, Rear Window) dies at age 52.
  • 2004 Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer unveils the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti at the 1st annual Concourse D'Elegance inManhasset,New York.
  • 2004 Sammy Hagar kicks off his annual Birthday Bash at his Cabo Wabo club in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Performers include Hagar, Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, Nickelback leader Chad Kroeger and Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell.
  • 2007 Radiohead's new album, In Rainbows, becomes available for downloading to everyone who has pre-ordered the digital edition of the record through the band's web site. It is reportedly downloaded over a million times in the first two days.
  • 2008 Former Marilyn Manson bassist Gidget Gein, whose real name is Brad Stewart, is found dead at the age of 39 in hisBurbank,California home of an apparent drug overdose.
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