Rabbi's On This Day: Thursday, October 11, 2012
Posted 10/11/2012 12:00:00 PM

Thursday, October 11, 2012


  • Luke Perry (actor, Beverly Hills, 90210, the Buffy The Vampire Slayer movie, Oz) (46, disputed)
  • Joan Cusack (actress, Working Girl, Grosse Pointe Blank, In & Out, High Fidelity, School Of Rock, sister of John Cusack) (50)
  • Michael J. Nelson (actor/comedian, Mystery Science Theater 3000) (48)
  • Steve Young (Former NFL quarterback) (51)
  • David Morse (actor, St. Elsewhere, Twelve Monkeys, Contact, The Green Mile, Hack, Disturbia) (59)
  • Daryl Hall (Hall & Oates) (66)
  • Michelle Trachtenberg (actress, Buffy The Vampire Slayer's Dawn, Ice Princess, Gossip Girl, Mercy) (27)
  • Jane Krakowski (actress, 30 Rock, Nine, Fatal Attraction, Ally McBeal, The Flintstones In Viva Rock Vegas) (44)
  • Elmore Leonard (novelist, author of Get Shorty, Out Of Sight, Be Cool, and Rum Punch, which was adapted for film as Jackie Brown) (87)
  • Claudia Black (actress, Farscape, Stargate SG-1) (40)
  • Paulette Carlson (country singer-songwriter, Highway 101) (60)
  • Andrew Woolfolk (member of Earth, Wind and Fire; saxophonist) (62)
  • Gary Mallaber (former drummer and songwriter, the Steve Miller Band; also worked with Bruce Springsteen, Warren Zevon, Bob Seger, America, Van Morrison, Bonnie Raitt, Eddie Money, Jackson Browne, and others) (66)
  • Emily Deschanel (actress, Bones) (36)
  • Stephen Moyer (actor, True Blood, husband of Anna Paquin) (43)
  • Gabe Saporta (singer, Cobra Starship) (33)
  • Petra Haden (violinist/singer, the Rentals) (41)


  • 1811, the first steam-powered ferryboat, the Juliana, was put into operation between New York City and Hoboken, New Jersey, by inventor John Stevens.
  • 1961 Actor-comedian Chico Marx (the Marx Brothers) dies at age 74.
  • 1962, Pope John the 23rd convened the first session of the Roman Catholic Church's 21st Ecumenical Council, known as "Vatican II." Ending in 1965, Vatican II enacted sweeping changes and liberalizations in the Church, such as the use of the vernacular instead of Latin in theMass.
  • 1968, Apollo 7, the first manned Apollo mission, was launched with astronauts Wally Schirra, Donn Fulton Eisele and R. Walter Cunningham on board.
  • 1968, the sci-fi camp classic Barbarella, starring Jane Fonda in the title role, premiered.
  • 1973 Elvis and Priscilla Presley are divorced.
  • 1974 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre opens in theatres.
  • 1975 The TV series Saturday Night Live debuts. Actor-comedian George Carlin is the first guest host.
  • 1975, future president Bill Clinton (real name William Jefferson Clinton) and Hilary Rodham tied the knot inFayetteville,Arkansas. Bill was 29 and Hilary was 27.
  • 1975, NBC's Saturday Night Live made its debut with guest host George Carlin.
  • 1976, Jane Pauley was named Barbara Walters' successor on NBC's Today Show.
  • 1977 The Cure goes into the studio to make their first proper demo tapes.
  • 1978 Nancy Spungen, girlfriend of Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious, is found murdered. Vicious is arrested for the crime, but overdoses on heroin before a trial can begin.
  • 1980, "I'm Alright" by Kenny Loggins peaks at Number Seven on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1984, Aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger, astronaut Kathryn D. Sullivan becomes the first American woman to perform a space walk.
  • 1986 "Fall On Me" by R.E.M. peaks at Number 94 on the pop chart.
  • 1986, "Throwing It All Away" by Genesis peaks at Number Four on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1987, Joe Cocker and his wife Pam are married.
  • 1991 Actor-comedian Redd Foxx (Sanford And Son) dies at age 68.
  • 1991, testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, law professor Anita Hill accused Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of having sexually harassed her. Thomas denounced the proceedings as a "high-tech lynching."
  • 1993 Pearl Jam's highly-anticipated second album, Vs., goes on sale, but for the first week, it's only available on vinyl.
  • 1995 O.J. Simpson backs out of his live interview with NBC's Dateline just hours before airtime.
  • 1996 Nirvana's posthumously released live album, From The Muddy Banks Of The Wishkah, enters the Billboard albums chart at Number One.
  • 2002 Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted officially joins Canadian thrash metal band Voivod.
  • 2004 The Vote For Change tour ends with an all-star show at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C., featuring Pearl Jam, the Dave Matthews Band, R.E.M., Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Jurassic 5, John Mellencamp and others.
  • 2005 Audioslave releases its Live In Cuba DVD, which documents the band's historic trip toCuba the previous May as the first American rock band to play a concert in the embargoed country.
  • 2005 Sevendust releases its fifth studio album, called Next.
  • 2006 The new Evanescence album, The Open Door, debuts at Number One on Billboard's Top 200 album chart , selling 447,000 copies in its first week of release.
  • 2011 Evanescence issues its self-titled third major label album.
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