Rabbi's On This Day: Friday, November 2, 2012
Posted 11/2/2012 12:00:00 PM

Friday, November 2, 2012


  • Pat Buchanan (conservative political commentator, ran for president in 2000 as the Reform Party candidate) (74)
  • K.D. Lang (singer) (51)
  • Stefanie Powers (actress, Hart To Hart's Jennifer Hart) (70)
  • Pat Croce (motivational author) (58)
  • Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu (bassist, Korn) (43)
  • Carter Beauford (drummer, Dave Matthews Band) (55, disputed)
  • Bobby Dall (bassist, Poison) (49)
  • Maxine Nightingale (singer, "Right Back Where We Started From") (60)
  • Lauren Velez (actress, Dexter, Oz) (48)
  • Keith Emerson (keyboardist, the Nice, Emerson Lake & Palmer) (68)
  • David Pegg (former bassist, Jethro Tull) (65)
  • David Schwimmer (actor, Friends) (46)
  • Jay Black (singer, Jay & The Americans) (74)
  • J.D. Souther (singer-songwriter, worked with the Eagles, James Taylor, and Linda Ronstadt, among many others) (67)
  • Chris Walla (guitarist, Death Cab For Cutie) (37)
  • Gervase Peterson (Survivor contestant) (43)
  • Nelly (rapper, his real name is Cornell Haynes, Jr.) (38)


  • 1783, General George Washington issued his "Farewell Address To The Army" nearPrinceton,New Jersey.
  • 1865 The 29th US president, Warren G. Harding, the first president to speak on the radio, is born.
  • 1913 Actor Burt Lancaster (From Here To Eternity, Judgment At Nuremberg, Birdman Of Alcatraz, Atlantic City, Tough Guys, Field Of Dreams) is born. He dies in 1994.
  • 1920,Pittsburgh's KDKA conducted the first-ever commercial radio broadcast to the public, announcing the election results.
  • 1947, Howard Hughes test-flies The Spruce Goose, a 200-ton plywood airplane with a wing span longer than a football field.
  • 1948, despite widespread predictions of defeat -- and a Chicago Tribune headline dated November 3rd that prematurely said "Dewey Defeats Truman!" -- President Harry Truman was re-elected over Republican Governor Thomas E. Dewey ofNew York.
  • 1950 Author-playwright George Bernard Shaw (Pygmalion, which is the basis of My Fair Lady and She's All That) dies at age 94.
  • 1963 "Mean Woman Blues" by Roy Orbison peaks at Number Five on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1963, South Vietnamese President Ngo Dihn Diem was assassinated in a military coup.
  • 1964, CBS became the first corporate owner of a major league team, buying 80 percent of the New York Yankees for more than $11 million.
  • 1968 "Elenore" by the Turtles peaks at Number Six on the pop chart.
  • 1968 "Midnight Confessions" by the Grass Roots peaks at Number Five on the pop chart.
  • 1968 Crown Of Creation by Jefferson Airplane peaks at Number Six on the album chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1968 The Jimi Hendrix Experience's Electric Ladyland enters the album chart.
  • 1974 "Can't Get Enough" by Bad Company peaks at Number Five on the pop chart.
  • 1974 "The Bitch Is Back" by Elton John peaks at Number Four on the pop chart.
  • 1974 George Harrison becomes the first solo Beatle to tour North America when he kicks off his George Harrison & Friends tour at the Pacific Coliseum inVancouver,British Columbia. It's his first onstage appearance since the Bangla Desh concerts three years prior.
  • 1974 So Far by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young hits Number One on the album chart.
  • 1976, former Georgia governor Jimmy Carter defeated Republican incumbent president Gerald Ford, becoming the first U.S. president from the Deep South since the Civil War.
  • 1976,New Jersey voters approved casino gambling forAtlantic City.
  • 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill establishing a federal holiday on the third Monday of January in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • 1988, The Morris worm, the first internet-distributed computer worm to gain significant mainstream media attention, is launched from MIT.
  • 1991 Irwin Allen, the producer whose name was synonymous with disaster movies like The Poseidon Adventure and The Towering Inferno, dies at the age of 75.
  • 1995 The Smashing Pumpkins' Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness debuts on top of the Billboard albums chart.
  • 2000 Pantera is forced to cancel a North American tour after singer Philip Anselmo breaks two ribs.
  • 2004 George W. Bush is re-elected (some say elected for the first time) as president of the United States, defeating Democratic candidate John Kerry.
  • 2005 Depeche Mode cancels the opening date of their North American tour inFort Lauderdale,Florida, because of ongoing power outage issues in the area, as well as curfew restrictions, following in the wake of Hurricane Wilma.
  • 2005 My Chemical Romance wins the top prize, Woodie (Artist) Of The Year, at the second annual mtvU Woodie Awards inNew York City.
  • 2005 The funeral for civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks is held at the Greater Grace Church inDetroit.
  • 2006 Victory Records files suit against Virgin Records and its parent company, EMI Music, alleging that Virgin signed Hawthorne Heights to a new deal even though the band was still obligated to record for Victory.
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