Rabbi's On This Day: Sunday, November 4, 2012
Posted 11/4/2012 12:00:00 PM

Sunday, November 4, 2012


  • Laura Bush (Former First Lady) (66)
  • Matthew McConaughey (actor, A Time To Kill, Contact, U-571, The Wedding Planner, How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days, Tropic Thunder, Magic Mike) (43)
  • Markie Post (actress, Night Court) (62)
  • Sean "Diddy" Combs (rapper-producer-actor-fashion designer-record label executive-marathon runner, Monster's Ball; used to call himself "Puff Daddy," "Puffy," and "P. Diddy") (43)
  • Doris Roberts (actress, plays Ray Romano's mother on CBS' Everybody Loves Raymond) (82, some sources say 87)
  • Loretta Swit (actress, Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan of TV's M*A*S*H) (75)
  • Najee, jazz saxophonist (55)
  • Ralph Macchio (actor, the Karate Kid movies, Crossroads, My Cousin Vinny) (51)
  • Kathy Griffin (actress-comedian, Suddenly Susan, My Life on the D-List) (52)
  • Berlinda Tolbert (actress, The Jeffersons, Harlem Nights) (63)
  • Jeff Probst (host, Survivor, The Jeff Probst Show) (51 disputed 50)
  • Chris Difford (singer-guitarist-lyricist, Squeeze) (58)
  • Scherrie Payne (latter-day member of the Supremes; sister of Freda Payne) (68)
  • Bethenny Frankel (reality TV star, founder of Skinnygirl Cocktails) (42)
  • Wayne Static (singer/guitarist, Static-X) (47)
  • Cedric Bixler-Zavala (singer, At The Drive-In, the Mars Volta) (38)


  • 1842, Abraham Lincoln married Mary Todd inSpringfield,Illinois.
  • 1916 Former CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite is born. He dies in 2009.
  • 1918 Actor Art Carney (Ed Norton on the Honeymooners) is born. He dies in 2003.
  • 1919 Actor Martin Balsam (12 Angry Men, Psycho, Breakfast At Tiffany's, The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three, All The President's Men) is born. He dies in 1996.
  • 1922, the entrance to King Tutankhamen's tomb was discovered inEgypt.
  • 1924, Nellie T. Ross of Wyoming was elected the nation's first woman governor so she could serve out the remaining term of her late husband, William B. Ross.
  • 1952, Dwight Eisenhower was elected president, defeating Democrat Adlai Stevenson.
  • 1956 Pretenders lead guitarist James Honeyman-Scott is born. He dies in 1982.
  • 1956, Soviet troops moved in to crush the Hungarian independence movement.
  • 1961 Bob Dylan plays a showcase at theCarnegieChapterHallFolkloreCenter inNew York City, where he draws only 53 people and earns $20.
  • 1963 The Beatles play the Royal Variety Performance at the Prince Of Wales Theatre in London, which is attended by members of the royal family. John Lennon gets a laugh with his now-famous lines, "For our last number, I'd like to ask your help. The people in the cheaper seats clap your hands, and the rest of you, if you'd just rattle your jewelry. We'd like to sing a song called 'Twist And Shout.'"
  • 1970 Jethro Tull headlines a benefit concert for the Phoenix House drug rehabilitation center at Carnegie Hall inNew York City.
  • 1972 "Don't Do It" by the Band peaks at Number 34 on the pop chart.
  • 1972 "Listen To The Music" by the Doobie Brothers peaks at Number 11 on the pop chart.
  • 1972 "Nights In White Satin" by the Moody Blues peaks at Number Two on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1974 "Junior's Farm" by Paul McCartney & Wings is released.
  • 1975 David Bowie premieres his new single "Golden Years" on the TV show Soul Train.
  • 1978 "Who Are You" by the Who peaks at Number 14 on the pop chart.
  • 1979, the Iranian hostage crisis began as Iranian insurgent militant students and followers of Ayatollah Khomeini take 90 people hostage and stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iran. They demand that Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi be returned from theU.S., where he is undergoing medical treatments, to stand trial.  Although some of the hostages were freed several weeks later, 52 others spent 444 days in captivity.
  • 1980 Bob Marley officially converts to Christian Rastafarianism in a baptism ceremony at the Ethiopian Orthodox Church inKingston,Jamaica.
  • 1980, Ronald Reagan won the White House, defeating the incumbent President Jimmy Carter and is elected president of theUnited States.
  • 1980, Sadaharu Oh of the Tokyo Yomiuri Giants, known as the Babe Ruth of Japanese baseball, retired. The first baseman hit a record 868 home runs in his 22-year playing career.
  • 1981, Dr. George Nichopoulas was acquitted of over-prescribing addictive drugs for Elvis Presley.
  • 1982 Actress Dominique Dunne (Poltergeist; daughter of Dominick Dunne; sister of Griffin Dunne) dies at age 22 after spending five days in a coma after being attacked by her former boyfriend at her home.
  • 1983 Undercover by the Rolling Stones is released.
  • 1986 Metallica's Master Of Puppets album is certified gold by the RIAA.
  • 1988 U2's concert movie Rattle And Hum opens in theatres.
  • 1989 Pump by Aerosmith peaks at Number Five on the album chart, where it stays for three weeks.
  • 1991 The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame announces its newest inductees: Jimi Hendrix, the Yardbirds, Booker T. & the MG's, Johnny Cash, the Isley Brothers, Sam & Dave, and Bobby "Blue" Bland.
  • 1995, minutes after attending a peace rally, 73-year-old Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated by a 27-year-old right-wing Israeli law student named Yigal Amir.
  • 1997 Jane's Addiction releases its Kettle Whistle album.
  • 1998 Sublime's 40 Ounces To Freedom is certified platinum by the RIAA.
  • 1998 The Offspring releases its Americana album.
  • 1999 Aaron McKinney, who beat gay college student Matthew Shepard and left him to die on theWyoming prairie, avoids the death penalty by agreeing to serve life in prison without parole and promising never to appeal his conviction.
  • 1999 Singer Gary Cherone exits Van Halen after one album, the poorly received Van Halen III.
  • 1999 U2 frontman Bono takes part in a press conference that urges Congress to increase debt relief for poor countries. He says, ""It's immoral to have a farmer in shards servicing debts to the richest countries in the world rather than feeding his starving children... I knowAmerica wants to finance this problem. I am a fan ofAmerica and I'm non-partisan, and absurd as it is to have a pop star talking to you about this, I'm also an Irishman. And I have a sense somewhere in the folk memory of what famine is, what that really means."
  • 1999, Aaron McKinney, who beat gay college student Matthew Shepard and left him to die on the Wyoming prairie, avoided the death penalty by agreeing to serve life in prison without parole and promising never to appeal his conviction.
  • 2003 Evanescence confirms speculation that founder and guitarist Ben Moody has left the band in the middle of a European tour.
  • 2003 Skull Ring by Iggy Pop is released.
  • 2003 Spin magazine is published with five different covers, each featuring a different member of the Strokes.
  • 2008 Democratic Senator Barack Obama is elected President of theUnited States, making history as the first African-American to win the White House.
  • 2008 Hinder releases its second album, titled Take It to the Limit.
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