Rabbi's On This Day: Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Posted 11/28/2012 12:00:00 PM

Wednesday, November 28, 2012


  • Berry Gordy, Jr. (founder of Motown Records) (83)
  • Ed Harris (actor, The Firm, Apollo 13, The Rock, A Beautiful Mind, A History Of Violence, Gone Baby Gone, Appaloosa) (62)
  • Gary Hart (the Democratic U.S. senator from Colorado whose 1988 presidential bid was derailed by a picture of him and Donna Rice on a boat called the Monkey Business) (76)
  • Judd Nelson (Brat Pack actor, The Breakfast Club, St. Elmo's Fire, Suddenly Susan, Airheads) (53)
  • Paul Shaffer (bandleader-sidekick, Late Show With David Letterman) (63)
  • Jon Stewart (comedian, host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show) (50)
  • Dawn Robinson (of En Vogue and Lucy Pearl) (47, disputed)
  • Randy Newman (songwriter/Oscar-winning composer) (69)
  • S. Epatha Merkerson (actress, Law & Order's Lieutenant Van Buren) (60)
  • Gato Barbieri (jazz saxophonist) (80, disputed)
  • Ryan Kwanten (actor, True Blood's Jason Stackhouse) (36)
  • Mary Elizabeth Winstead (actress, Live Free or Die Hard, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, The Thing) (28)
  • Matt Cameron (drummer, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam) (50)
  • Jade Puget (guitarist, A.F.I.) (39)


  • 1520, Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan reached the Pacific Ocean after passing through the South American strait that now bears his name.
  • 1859 Author Washington Irving (The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow, Rip Van Winkle) dies at age 76.
  • 1895, the first automobile race was held, from Chicago to Waukegan, Illinois. The winner, James Franklin Duryea, took seven hours and 53 minutes to complete the round trip, at an average speed of seven miles per hour.
  • 1925, the WSM Barn Dance, later known as The Grand Ole Opry, made its radio debut on WSM in Nashville.
  • 1942, four hundred and ninety-one died in a fire at the Coconut Grove nightclub inBoston.
  • 1948, the TV western classic Hopalong Cassidy premiered on NBC.
  • 1949 Actor and ballet star Alexander Godunov (Witness, The Money Pit, Die Hard) is born. He dies in 1995.
  • 1960, "Are You Lonesome Tonight" by Elvis Presley peaked at Number One on the pop singles chart.
  • 1964, Willie Nelson made his debut performance atNashville's Grand Ole Opry.
  • 1967, model and reality star Anna Nicole Smith born. She died on February 8, 2007 of an accidental drug overdose.
  • 1974, after being convicted of making illegal contributions to the Re-elect President (Richard) Nixon campaign, New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner was suspended from baseball for two years by Commissioner Bowie Kuhn.
  • 1986, NBC sports commentator Ahmad Rashad proposed to Cosby Show actress Phylicia Ayers-Allen during halftime of the Detroit Lions-New York Jets football game, and she accepted.
  • 1990, Margaret Thatcher resigned as prime minister of Britain. She was replaced by John Major, who'd been chosen to lead by their ruling Conservative party.
  • 1994 Former 1960s radical Jerry Rubin dies at age 56.
  • 1994 Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer is murdered in prison at age 34.
  • 1995, President Bill Clinton signed a bill that ended the 55 miles-per-hour national speed limit.
  • 2001, Enron Corp., once the world's largest energy trader, collapsed after Dynegy, Inc. backed out of an $8.4 billion deal to take it over.
  • 2004 Franz Ferdinand is forced to perform a half-acoustic, half-electric set in Nagoya, Japan, when bassist Bob Hardy is hospitalized with a severe case of gastroenteritis.
  • 2005 Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell files a lawsuit against his former wife and manager, Susan Silver, alleging that she conspired to divert money owed to Cornell to other members of his previous band, Soundgarden, which Silver managed. The suit also claims that Silver has refused to return a number of personal items to Cornell as a result of "personal animus" over the break-up of their marriage.
  • 2005 Black Sabbath is confirmed as a 2006 inductee into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame after 10 years of eligibility. Announced along with Sabbath as inductees are the Sex Pistols, Blondie, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Miles Davis.
  • 2005 Korn flies eightU.S. soldiers on leave, along with 40 contest winners, from Europe toNew York City on a private flight to attend the band's concert the following evening. The group also performs on the flight.
  • 2005 Queens Of The Stone Age performs on NBC-TV's The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.
  • 2006 Incubus releases its sixth studio album, titled Light Grenades.
  • 2011 Drowning Pool reveals it has split with lead singer Ryan McCombs, the group's third frontman in nine years.
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