Rabbi's On This Day: Friday, November 16, 2012
Posted 11/16/2012 12:00:00 PM

Friday, November 16, 2012


  • Oksana Baiul (Olympic gold medal-winning figure skater) (35)
  • Lisa Bonet (actress, The Cosby Show, A Different World, High Fidelity; ex-wife of Lenny Kravitz) (45)
  • Marg Helgenberger (actress, currently stars on TV's C.S.I. and first gained attention for her role in the late-1980s drama China Beach, Species I and II) (54)
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal (actress, Secretary, Adaptation, Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind, The Dark Knight) (35)
  • Martha Plimpton (actress, Raising Hope, The Goonies, Parenthood, Running on Empty) (42)
  • Diana Krall (jazz singer, wife of Elvis Costello) (48)
  • Dwight Gooden (former major league baseball pitcher) (48)
  • Chi Coltrane (pronounced "shy") (singer, "Thunder & Lightning") (64)
  • Garnet Mimms (singer, "Cry Baby") (79)
  • Eric Judy (bassist, Modest Mouse) (38)


  • 1864, Union General William T. Sherman and his troops began their "March To The Sea" during the Civil War.
  • 1908 Actor Burgess Meredith (Of Mice And Men, Grumpy Old Men, Grumpier Old Men; played The Penguin in the Batman TV series and Mickey the trainer in the Rocky movies) is born. He dies in 1997.
  • 1933, theUnited States and theSoviet Union established diplomatic relations.
  • 1959, the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical The Sound Of Music opened on Broadway inNew York City.
  • 1960 Actor Clark Gable (It Happened One Night, Mutiny On The Bounty, Gone With The Wind, Run Silent Run Deep) dies at age 59.
  • 1963 The touch-tone phone is introduced.
  • 1966, Dr. Sam Shepherd was acquitted in his second trial of charges he'd murdered his pregnant wife Marilyn in 1954.
  • 1968 Electric Ladyland by the Jimi Hendrix Experience hits Number One on the album chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1968 The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown by the Crazy World Of Arthur Brown peaks at Number Seven on the album chart.
  • 1970 Stephen Stills by Stephen Stills is released.
  • 1971 Led Zeppelin I by Led Zeppelin is certified gold.
  • 1974 "Whatever Gets You Thru The Night" by John Lennon with Elton John hits Number One on the pop chart, the same day that Lennon's Walls And Bridges hits Number One on the album chart.
  • 1974 Alice Cooper's Greatest Hits by Alice Cooper peaks at Number Eight on the album chart.
  • 1974 Photographs & Memories/His Greatest Hits by Jim Croce peaks at Number Two on the album chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1974 When The Eagle Flies by Traffic peaks at Number Nine on the album chart.
  • 1976, Director Brian DePalma's movie version of Stephen King's book Carrie, starring Sissy Spacek, opens.
  • 1977 The movie Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, starring Richard Dreyfuss, Francois Truffaut, Teri Garr, and Melinda Dillon, opens.
  • 1978 Queen welcomes a group of semi-nude female bicyclists to the stage atMadisonSquareGarden inNew York City during a performance of the song "Fat Bottomed Girls."
  • 1979 "Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)" by Pink Floyd is released.
  • 1979 "Wonderful Christmas Time" by Paul McCartney is released.
  • 1981 Actor William Holden (Sunset Blvd., Stalag 17, The Bridge On The River Kwai, The Wild Bunch, Network) dies at age 63.
  • 1981 Music From The Elder by Kiss is released.
  • 1981, in a daytime ratings bonanza, the first part of the Luke and Laura wedding on General Hospital aired on ABC.
  • 1982, the 57-day strike by players in the National Football League ended. It had been the first regular season pro football strike in the history of the NFL.
  • 1985 "We Built This City" by Starship hits Number One on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1985 "You Belong To The City" by Glenn Frey peaks at Number Two on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1985 Scarecrow by John Cougar Mellencamp peaks at Number Two on the album chart, where it stays for three weeks.
  • 1985 U2 launches its own label, called Mother Records.
  • 1987 Cosby Show star Lisa Bonet and musician Lenny Kravitz are married, on her 20th birthday. They will separate in 1990 and divorce in 1993.
  • 1990, Home Alone, starring Macaulay Culkin, opened in theaters.
  • 1991 "Can't Stop This Thing We Started" by Bryan Adams peaks at Number Two on the pop chart.
  • 1991 "Don't Cry" by Guns N' Roses peaks at Number 10 on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1994 Quicksilver Messenger Service singer-guitarist Dino Valente dies at age 51. Valente is also known for writing the Youngbloods hit "Get Together."
  • 1995, Attorney General Janet Reno disclosed that she was suffering from Parkinson's disease.
  • 1996 Anthology 3 by the Beatles enters the album chart at Number One.
  • 1999 Eddie Van Halen undergoes successful hip replacement surgery.
  • 2000 Joe C. (Joseph Calleja) of Kid Rock's Twisted Brown Trucker band dies in his sleep at his home inTaylor,Michigan, at the age of 26.
  • 2001 Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone, the first movie based on the massively popular series of books, opens inU.S. theatres and brings in a record-breaking $90 million in its first weekend.
  • 2002 The largest collection of Elvis Presley's hair, gathered over time by his personal hair stylist of 20 years, is auctioned off for more than $100,000.
  • 2003 Evanescence singer Amy Lee and Seether frontman Shaun Morgan appear in public together as a couple for the first time, at the American Music Awards, after dating for six months.
  • 2004 A Perfect Circle releases a CD/DVD package called aMOTION. The CD features remixes of nine tracks from the band's previous two albums, while the DVD contains uncensored versions of all the band's videos.
  • 2004 U2 plays an invitation-only show at its studio inDublin's Hanover Quays district, which is broadcast live on BBC Radio 1.
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