Rabbi's On This Day: Monday, December 3, 2012
Posted 12/3/2012 12:00:00 PM

Monday, December 3, 2012


  • Brendan Fraser (actor, George Of The Jungle, Blast From The Past, the Mummy movies, Journey To The Center Of The Earth) (44)
  • Amanda Seyfried (actress, Mean Girls, Big Love, Jennifer's Body, Mamma Mia!, Dear John, Letters to Juliet) (27)
  • Daryl Hannah (actress, Blade Runner, Splash, Steel Magnolias, the Grumpy Old Men movies, the Kill Bill movies) (52)
  • Julianne Moore (actress, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Boogie Nights, Hannibal, Magnolia, The Hours) (52)
  • Ozzy Osbourne (rock star) (64)
  • Katarina Witt (German Olympic gold medal figure skater) (47)
  • Daniel Bedingfield (pop singer) (33)
  • Holly Marie Combs (actress, Charmed) (39)
  • Mickey Thomas (singer, Starship) (63)
  • Paul Nicholas (played "Cousin Kevin" in the film version of the Who's Tommy; singer, "Heaven On The Seventh Floor") (67)
  • Jaye P. Morgan (singer, and Match Game panel member) (81)
  • Jenna Dewan-Tatum (actress, wife of Channing Tatum) (32)
  • Julianne Moore (actress, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Boogie Nights, Hannibal, Far From Heaven, The Hours, Children of Men) (52)


  • 1857 Author Joseph Conrad (Heart Of Darkness, the inspiration for Apocalypse Now) is born. He dies in 1924.
  • 1894 Author Robert Louis Stevenson ("The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde," Treasure Island) dies at age 44.
  • 1952 Original Molly Hatchet guitarist Duane Roland is born. He died this past June at age 53.
  • 1963 Terry Schiavo, who was at the center of a controversial right-to-die case in 2006, is born.
  • 1964, the children's TV classic Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer first aired.
  • 1965 The Beatles kick off what turns out to be their last British tour at the Odeon Cinema inGlasgow,Scotland.
  • 1967, surgeons in South Africa, headed by Dr. Christiaan Barnard, performed the first human heart transplant, on Louis Washkansky, who lived for 18 days.
  • 1968, Elvis Presley's critically-acclaimed comeback TV special aired on NBC.
  • 1968, Major League Baseball decided to reduce the height of pitcher's mound from 15 inches to 10 inches in an attempt to improve scoring. The strike zone was also reduced from the knees to the shoulders to the top of the knees to the armpits.
  • 1971 The Montreux Casino in Switzerland burns down during a gig by Frank Zappa & the Mothers Of Invention. The incident is later chronicled by the group Deep Purple in their hit "Smoke On The Water" after seeing the fire.
  • 1971, President Richard Nixon commuted Teamster's union leader Jimmy Hoffa's jail term.
  • 1976 The members of Pink Floyd go to Battersea Power Station in London for a photo shoot for the cover of their Animals album. They watch a 40-foot-long pig balloon get inflated with helium and rise, and soon saw it break away and drift off into the sky, forcing the British aviation authorities to alert pilots in and aroundLondon about a huge flying pig.
  • 1976 The Sex Pistols release "Anarchy In The U.K."
  • 1977 "Baby, What A Big Surprise" by Chicago peaks at Number Four on the pop chart.
  • 1979 Eleven people are killed in a crush of fans at Cincinnati's Riverfront Coliseum before a Who concert. The audience members were trying to rush through the doors to get to unreserved seats. Soon afterwards,Cincinnati banned festival seating.
  • 1983 Genesis by Genesis peaks at Number Nine on the album chart.
  • 1984, more than 4,000 people died after a cloud of poisonous gas escaped from a pesticide plant operated by a Union Carbide subsidiary in Bhopal, India.
  • 1986 A lawsuit is filed against Judas Priest and CBS Records, alleging that two fans shot themselves after listening to the band's music for six hours. All charges are eventually dropped.
  • 1991 Gilby Clarke replaces Izzy Stradlin' as the rhythm guitarist in Guns N' Roses.
  • 1994 "I'll Stand By You" by the Pretenders peaks at Number 16 on the pop chart.
  • 1997 Pearl Jam's fifth album, Yield, is prematurely leaked by a radio station inSyracuse,New York.
  • 1999 Actress Madeline Kahn (Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, High Anxiety, Betsy's Wedding) dies at age 57.
  • 2001, ending months of speculation about his mysterious innovation, inventor Dean Kamen unveiled a gyroscope-stabilized, battery-powered scooter called the Segway Human Transporter.
  • 2002 Kiss leaders Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley make promotional appearances on CBS, MSNBC, and the Fox News Channel -- as well as do an in-store autograph session -- for their new book Kiss: The Early Years.
  • 2002 The U2 DVD U2: Best Of 1990-2000 is released.
  • 2005 Marilyn Manson weds longtime girlfriend, burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese, at the home of a friend inIreland. The couple separate less than a year later.
  • 2008 After a 17-year wait, the long-delayed new Guns N' Roses album, Chinese Democracy, sells 261,000 copies in its first week as a Best Buy exclusive to land at Number Three on the Billboard album chart.
  • 2008 Coldplay racks up an impressive seven Grammy nominations around their fourth CD, Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends, including record, album and song of the year, best rock album, best rock song, and best pop performance by a group.
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