Rabbi's On This Day: Saturday, November 17, 2012
Posted 11/17/2012 12:00:00 PM

Saturday, November 17, 2012


  • Howard Dean (former Democratic presidential candidate, former governor ofVermont) (64)
  • Danny DeVito (actor, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Taxi, Batman Returns, Get Shorty, L.A. Confidential, The Rainmaker; husband of Rhea Perlman) (68)
  • Lauren Hutton (gap-toothed model/actress) (69)
  • Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (actress, Scarface, The Color Of Money, The Abyss, Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves, The Perfect Storm) (54)
  • Lorne Michaels (Saturday Night Live producer) (68)
  • RuPaul (cross-dressing singer/entertainer) (52)
  • Martin Scorsese (Oscar-winning film director; Gangs Of New York, Casino, Goodfellas, Raging Bull, The Aviator, The Departed, Shutter Island, Hugo) (70)
  • Martin Barre (guitarist, Jethro Tull) (66)
  • Tom Seaver (Hall Of Fame pitcher) (68)
  • Dylan Walsh (actor, Betsy's Wedding, We Were Soldiers, Nip/Tuck, The Stepfather) (49)
  • Stephen Root (actor, Ghost, NewsRadio, Office Space, Surviving Christmas) (61)
  • Gordon Lightfoot (singer-songwriter, "Sundown," "The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald") (74)
  • Bob Gaudio (of the Royal Teens, "Short Shorts," and the Four Seasons, "Sherry") (70)
  • Daisy Fuentes (TV personality, model and actress, former VJ) (46)
  • Rachel McAdams (actress, Mean Girls, The Notebook, Wedding Crashers, The Family Stone, The Time Traveler's Wife, Red Eye, The Hot Chick, Morning Glory) (34)
  • Leslie Bibb (actress, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Iron Man, Iron Man 2, The Skulls) (38)
  • Sophie Marceau (actress, Braveheart, The World Is Not Enough, Alex And Emma) (46)
  • Richard Fortus (guitarist, Guns N' Roses) (46)


  • 1734, John Peter Zenger, publisher of the New York Weekly Journal newspaper, was jailed for seditious libel againstNew York's colonial governor. His eventual acquittal established freedom of the press.
  • 1869,Egypt's Suez Canal opened, linking the Mediterranean and theRed Sea.
  • 1925 Actor Rock Hudson (McMillan And Wife) is born. He dies in 1985.
  • 1934, Lyndon B. Johnson married Claudia Alta Taylor, better known as "Lady Bird."
  • 1941 Byrds singer-guitarist Gene Clark is born. He dies in 1991.
  • 1966 Singer and songwriter Jeff Buckley is born. He dies in 1997.
  • 1968 The Rolling Stones record "You Can't Always Get What You Want" at Olympic Studios inLondon.
  • 1968, the infamous "Heidi Bowl" took place. NBC cut away from the last one minute and five seconds of the New York Jets-Oakland Raiders game so the movie Heidi could begin on time. Viewers missed a late rally by the Raiders, who came back from a 32-29 deficit to score two touchdowns in the last 42 seconds of the game and win 43-32.
  • 1970 Elton John plays a live show in New York City that is broadcast over radio station WPLJ-FM. It's later released as the live album 11/17/70.
  • 1971 A Nod Is As Good As A Wink To A Blind Horse by the Faces is released.
  • 1973 "I Got A Name" by Jim Croce peaks at Number 10 on the pop chart.
  • 1973, President Richard Nixon famously said during the Watergate crisis: "People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I'm not a crook."
  • 1979 Jethro Tull bassist John Glascock dies at age 26 due to a chronic heart ailment. Glascock joined Tull in 1976 but never toured with the band because of his condition.
  • 1979 Tusk by Fleetwood Mac peaks at Number Four on the album chart, where it stays for three weeks.
  • 1979, Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini ordered the release of 13 female and black American hostages being held at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, saying they were people who were oppressed by the United States.
  • 1980 Double Fantasy by John Lennon & Yoko Ono is released.
  • 1981 "Waiting On A Friend" b/w "Little T&A" by the Rolling Stones is released.
  • 1987 During a U2 show in Los Angeles, Bono pulls a member of the audience onstage to help sing a version of "People Get Ready." When they're done, the guy promptly hands Bono his demo tape.
  • 1991, almost 10 years after the AIDS epidemic began, Fox becomes the first American television network to air a commercial for condoms.
  • 1992, Dateline NBC aired a demonstration showing General Motors trucks blowing up on impact. It was later revealed that NBC rigged the test.
  • 1993 Siamese Dream by the Smashing Pumpkins is certified platinum by the RIAA.
  • 1994, the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Sunset Boulevard opened on Broadway with Glenn Close as Norma Desmond.
  • 1995 Goldeneye, the first James Bond movie in six years and first to star Pierce Brosnan as 007, arrives in theaters.
  • 1996, Sam Donaldson and Cokie Roberts took over David Brinkley's hosting duties on ABC's This Week news show after Brinkley's retirement.
  • 1997, Sixty-two people, most of them foreign tourists, were killed when six militants opened fire at the Temple Of Hatshepsut in Luxor, Egypt. The attackers were killed.
  • 1998 Actress Esther Rolle (Good Times) dies at age 78.
  • 1998, the public got to hear Monica Lewinsky's voice for the first time as the House Judiciary Committee released 22 hours of tape recordings secretly made by Linda Tripp.
  • 2002 U2 guitarist the Edge joins R&B star Wyclef Jean on stage at the Ambassador in Dublin, Ireland, for versions of U2's "With Or Without You" and Bob Dylan's "Knockin' On Heaven's Door."
  • 2003 Arnold Schwarzenegger is inaugurated governor ofCalifornia.
  • 2003 Let It Be...Naked by the Beatles is released.
  • 2006 Casino Royale, the 21st official James Bond film and based on the first Bond novel written by Ian Fleming, opens in theaters and introduces British actor Daniel Craig as the sixth 007 on screen.
  • 2006 Pearl Jam is joined onstage by U2's Bono and The Edge at a Make Poverty History concert in Melbourne, Australia, to perform Neil Young's "Rockin' In The Free World."
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