Rabbi's On This Day: Sunday, November 18, 2012
Posted 11/18/2012 12:00:00 PM

Sunday, November 18, 2012

TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS:

  • Linda Evans (actress, Dynasty) (70)
  • Elizabeth Perkins (actress, Weeds; appeared in Big and The Flintstones, Cats & Dogs) (52)
  • Owen Wilson (actor-screenwriter, Rushmore, Royal Tenenbaums, Starsky And Hutch, The Wedding Crashers, The Darjeeling Limited) (44)
  • Chloe Sevigny (actress, Big Love, Kids, Boys Don't Cry) (38)
  • Brenda Vaccaro (throaty-voiced actress, Midnight Cowboy) (73)
  • Delroy Lindo (actor, Malcolm X, Get Shorty, Broken Arrow, Gone In Sixty Seconds) (60)
  • Duncan Sheik (singer) (43)
  • Kim Wilde (singer, "Kids InAmerica") (52)
  • Kevin Nealon (actor-comedian, Saturday Night Live, Weeds, Happy Gilmore, The Wedding Singer, Anger Management) (59)
  • Kirk Hammett (lead guitarist, Metallica) (50)
  • Oscar Nunez (actor, The Office, The Proposal) (54)
  • Nasim Pedrad (comedienne/actress, Saturday Night Live) (31)
  • Johnny Christ (bassist, Avenged Sevenfold) (28)
  • Herman Rarebell (former drummer, Scorpions) (63)
  • Rudy Sarzo (bassist, Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake) (62)
  • Alan Moore (legendary comic book writer, Watchmen, From Hell, V For Vendetta) (59)

ON THIS DAY:

  • 1820, U.S. Navy Captain Nathaniel B. Palmer discovered the frozen continent ofAntarctica.
  • 1883, theUnited States andCanada adopted a system of Standard Time zones.
  • 1923 Alan Shepard, the first American in space, is born. He dies in 1998.
  • 1928, the first successful sound cartoon, Walt Disney's Steamboat Willie, which introduced Mickey Mouse to the world, premiered.
  • 1949, the Brooklyn Dodgers' Jackie Robinson was named the National League's Most Valuable Player in his third season, after breaking baseball's color barrier in 1947.
  • 1959, the Biblical epic movie Ben-Hur had its world premiere.
  • 1966, U.S. Roman Catholic bishops eliminated the rule against eating meat on Fridays.
  • 1967 Strange Days by the Doors peaks at Number Three on the album chart, where it stays for four weeks.
  • 1967 Vanilla Fudge by Vanilla Fudge peaks at Number Six on the album chart, where it spends a total of four weeks.
  • 1968 Electric Ladyland by the Jimi Hendrix Experience is certified gold.
  • 1972 "Witchy Woman" by the Eagles peaks at Number Nine on the pop chart.
  • 1972 Catch Bull At Four by Cat Stevens hits Number One on the album chart, where it stays for three weeks.
  • 1972 Guitarist Danny Whitten of Neil Young & Crazy Horse dies of a heroin overdose at the age of 29.
  • 1975 Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band play their first-ever European show at the Hammersmith Odeon in London. The footage is released in 2005 on the Born To Run 30th anniversary reissue.
  • 1976, Spain's parliament approved a bill to establish a democracy, after 37 years of dictatorship under the late Francisco Franco.
  • 1978 The Blues Brothers appear as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live, performing "SoulMan."
  • 1978 The Blues Brothers appear as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live, performing "SoulMan."
  • 1978 Tormato by Yes peaks at Number 10 on the album chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1978, Nine-hundred and thirteen members of the People's Temple cult led by Jim Jones died in a night of mass suicide and murder in Jonestown, Guyana. Jones himself also died, killed by a likely self-inflicted bullet wound. The mass deaths came hours after visiting Congressman Leo J. Ryan ofCalifornia and four companions were killed by members of the cult, who were acting on Jones's orders.
  • 1982, Duk Koo Kim dies unexpectedly from injuries sustained during a 14-round match against Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini in Las Vegas, Nevada, prompting reforms in the sport of boxing, including reducing title bouts to a maximum of 12 rounds.
  • 1985 Rock A Little by Stevie Nicks is released.
  • 1985, 36-year-old Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann suffered a career-ending injury when his leg was broken in multiple places during a tackle by New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor.
  • 1987 U2, disguised in wigs and cowboy hats as the Dalton Brothers, open for themselves at aLos Angeles concert.
  • 1990 Paul McCartney's birth certificate sells for $18,000 at auction.
  • 1992 The Death Of Superman comic book hits newsstands. Luckily for the Man Of Steel, his demise is only temporary.
  • 1993 Nirvana performs for MTV's Unplugged series. They tape the whole show straight through, with no retakes, and it airs a month later.
  • 1993 Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder is arrested and booked for disturbing the peace and public drunkenness in New Orleans after he and Chicago White Sox pitcher Jack McDowell get into a barroom brawl with a waiter. Vedder is released on $600 bail.
  • 1997 A five-disc AC/DC boxed set titled Bonfire, released as a tribute to the band's late lead singer Bon Scott, arrives in stores.
  • 1998 Metallica's self-titled 1991 album, also known as "the black album," is certified 11 times platinum by the RIAA for sales of over 11 million copies. That same day, two other Metallica discs, 1986's Master Of Puppets and 1997's Reload, are certified quintuple platinum and triple platinum, respectively.
  • 1999, Twelve people were killed when a traditional bonfire that was under construction atTexasA&MUniversity collapsed.
  • 2000 Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas are married.
  • 2000 Queen guitarist Brian May marries Anita Dobson.
  • 2000, the Seattle Mariners signed the Orix Blue Wave's Ichiro Suzuki to a three-year deal, making the outfielder the first Japanese position player in major league history. Suzuki went on to win the American League Rookie Of The Year award for the 2001 season.
  • 2001 R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, and bassist Mike Mills appear on the Thanksgiving episode of The Simpsons. In the show, the trio's animated likenesses perform in Homer's garage and join the Simpsons for a tofu turkey dinner.
  • 2002 Actor James Coburn (The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, Our Man Flint, In Like Flint, Eraser, Affliction, Payback; won his only Academy Award for Affliction) dies at age 74.
  • 2002 U2's Bono receives the Humanitarian Laureate Award from the human rights organization theSimonWiesenthalCenter inNew York City "for his keen sense of social justice and his tireless efforts on behalf of the underprivileged and disenfranchised of the world."
  • 2002, U.N. arms inspectors returned to Iraq for the first time in four years, after Saddam Hussein's government agreed to them amid threats of invasion by the U.S.
  • 2003 John Lennon's handwritten lyrics to the Beatles' 1965 song "Nowhere Man" sell for $455,000 at an entertainment memorabilia auction held by Christie's inNew York City.
  • 2003 The release of Korn's sixth album, titled Take A Look In The Mirror, is pushed up from Tuesday, November 25th, to Friday, November 21st, due to an online leak of the album.
  • 2004 U2 members Bono and the Edge play at the opening of the William J. Clinton Presidential Center And Park inLittle Rock,Arkansas.
  • 2005 An interview with John Lennon's murderer Mark David Chapman airs on NBC's Dateline.
  • 2005 Courtney Love is allowed to leave a live-in rehab facility before her 180-day sentence is finished, after a judge expresses satisfaction with Love's progress.
  • 2007 American Idol runner-up Chris Daughtry's self-named band wins Favorite Pop/Rock Album, Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist, and Favorite Breakthrough Artist at the American Music Awards.
  • 2008 Foo Fighters release Live at Wembley Stadium on DVD and Blu-Ray. The two-hour, 18-song concert film, shot on June 6th and 7th, 2008 at Wembley Stadium inLondon, chronicles the biggest concerts of the group's career.
  • 2008 Mudvayne's fourth studio album, The New Game, arrives in stores.
  • 2008 Nickelback releases its sixth studio album, Dark Horse.
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