Rabbi's On This Day: Saturday, October 13, 2012
Posted 10/13/2012 12:00:00 PM

Saturday, October 13, 2012


  • Beverly Johnson (first black supermodel) (60)
  • Nancy Kerrigan (figure skater) (43)
  • Kate Walsh (actress, Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice) (45)
  • Marie Osmond (singer/actress) (53)
  • Kelly Preston (actress, Jerry Maguire, What A Girl Wants; wife of John Travolta) (50)
  • Paul Simon (singer-songwriter, of Simon & Garfunkel and solo fame, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer) (71)
  • Margaret Thatcher (former British Prime Minister) (87)
  • Demond Wilson (actor, Sanford & Son's Lamont Sanford) (66)
  • Tisha Campbell (actress) (44)
  • Sammy Hagar (rock singer, sometimes with Van Halen) (65)
  • Melinda Dillon (actress) (73)
  • Ari Fleischer (former White House Press Secretary) (52)
  • Sacha Baron Cohen (actor/comedian, Da Ali G Show, Borat, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Bruno, Hugo, The Dictator) (41)
  • Shirley Caesar (gospel star) (74)
  • Robert Lamm (singer-keyboardist, Chicago) (68)
  • Billy Bush (TV host) (41)
  • Joey Belladonna (former singer, Anthrax) (52)
  • Chris Carter (creator of The X-Files and Millenium) (56)


  • 1775, the Continental Congress ordered the construction of a naval fleet.
  • 1792, the cornerstone of the Executive Mansion, later to be called the White House, was laid during a ceremony in the District Of Columbia.
  • 1792, the Old Farmer's Almanac was published for the first time.
  • 1903, the Boston Pilgrims defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 5 games to 3, in baseball's first ever world championship.
  • 1925 Comedian Lenny Bruce is born. He dies in 1966.
  • 1960 Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy participate in the third televised debate of their presidential campaign, with Nixon inHollywood and Kennedy inNew York City.
  • 1960, Bill Mazeroski of the Pittsburgh Pirates led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a home run in the seventh and deciding game of the World Series, giving the Pirates a 10-9 victory in the game and a 4 game to 3 victory in the series over the New York Yankees. It was the first time the World Series had ended on a home run.
  • 1963 The Beatles headline the British TV show Sunday Night At The London Palladium, which is broadcast to 15 million viewers. The chaos resulting from the reaction to the band's performance leads to the coining of the term "Beatlemania."
  • 1970 Janis Joplin's ashes are scattered off the coast ofCalifornia.
  • 1971 "American Pie" by Don McLean is released.
  • 1973 "Ramblin' Man" by the Allman Brothers Band peaks at Number Two on the pop chart.
  • 1973 Goat's Head Soup by the Rolling Stones hits Number One on the album chart, where it stays for four weeks.
  • 1973 Selling England By The Pound by Genesis is released.
  • 1974 TV show host Ed Sullivan dies at age 73.
  • 1978 Nancy Spungen is found stabbed to death in Room 100 of Manhattan's Chelsea Hotel. Her boyfriend, Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious, is charged with her murder.
  • 1979 The Cure kicks off a tour as the opening band for Siouxsie & the Banshees. Cure leader Robert Smith tells a reporter, "I think people are disappointed in us because we have no image."
  • 1980 AC/DC's Back In Black album is certified platinum for sales of over a million copies. It's gone on to sell more than 21 times that amount.
  • 1982 Creatures Of The Night by Kiss is released.
  • 1982, the International Olympic Committee restored two gold medals -- for the decathlon and pentathlon -- from the 1912 Olympics to American Jim Thorpe, who had had them taken away because he had played summer baseball for a small amount of money.
  • 1986, Neil Young's first Bridge School benefit concert takes place. It features performances from Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Bruce Springsteen, Don Henley, Tom Petty, Nils Lofgren, and Robin Williams.
  • 1988, the Bishop Of Turin, Italy, announced that the Shroud Of Turin, long believed to be Jesus Christ's burial sheet, did not withstand scientific testing. It dated back only to 1280, not to the time of Jesus's crucifixion.
  • 1992 The U.S. Supreme Court rules that the families of two teen-age suicide victims cannot sue Ozzy Osbourne for allegedly inspiring their sons to kill themselves through the song "Suicide Solution."
  • 1993 The U2 video Achtung Baby is certified both gold and platinum.
  • 1994 Yoko Ono donates items from her personal collection of John Lennon memorabilia to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame And Museum inCleveland.
  • 1994, Eagles singer-guitarist Glenn Frey is released from aLos Angeles hospital after undergoing surgery for diverticulitis. The operation caused the band to postpone their first tour in over 14 years.
  • 1995 Ozzmosis by Ozzy Osbourne is released.
  • 1997 Billy Joel's debut classical piano piece "Reverie" is premiered on National Public Radio.
  • 1998 Hole's third album, Celebrity Skin, is certified gold by the RIAA for sales of over 500,000 copies.
  • 1998, the NBA canceled regular season basketball games, the first time it had done so in its 51-year history, because of a player lockout, after collective bargaining talks broke down.
  • 1999, the JonBenet Ramsey grand jury in Boulder, Colorado, was dismissed after 13 months, with prosecutors saying there wasn't enough evidence to charge anyone in the six-year-old's murder.
  • 2000 Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder is among the artists who perform at the Super Rally in support of Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader atMadisonSquareGarden inNew York City.
  • 2001 Elton John welcomes Eminem and Kid Rock for separate backstage meetings at the Joe Louis Arena inDetroit.
  • 2004 Korn's Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 arrives on the Billboard 200 album chart at Number Four, selling nearly 130,000 copies in its first week of release.
  • 2004 Velvet Revolver plays a 45-minute free show for an estimated 3,000 fans in aHollywood parking lot, one night after the band's first attempt is scratched due to permit problems.
  • 2005 Metallica's 2004 documentary Some Kind Of Monster is named the third greatest rock movie of all time by Blender magazine, behind This Is Spinal Tap at Number One and Saturday Night Fever at Number Two.
  • 2006 Rob Zombie makes his television hosting debut on TCM Underground, a new late-night program on cable channel Turner Classic Movies (TCM), where he selects and introduces a variety of cult, horror and off-the-wall movies.
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