Rabbi's On This Day: Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Posted 12/4/2012 12:00:00 PM

Tuesday, December 4, 2012


  • Max Baer, Jr. (actor/producer The Beverly Hillbillies' Jethro Bodine) (75)
  • Tyra Banks (model-host and actress, America's Next Top Model, The Tyra Banks Show) (39)
  • Jeff Bridges (actor, Starman, Jagged Edge, The Fabulous Baker Boys, Seabiscuit, Iron Man, Crazy Heart, Tron: Legacy, True Grit)  son of Lloyd and brother to Beau) (63)
  • Wink Martindale (game show host) (78)
  • Marisa Tomei (Brooklyn-born actress, won an Oscar for her performance in My Cousin Vinny, The Paper, What Women Want, Anger Management, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, The Wrestler) (48)
  • Patricia Wettig (Actress, Thirtysomething's Nancy Weston, Prison Break, Brothers & Sisters, City Slickers) (61)
  • Freddy Cannon ("PalisadesPark") (73)
  • Jay-Z (a.k.a. Shawn Carter; rapper, businessman, co-owner of the New Jersey Nets; married to Beyonce Knowles) (43)
  • Cassandra Wilson (singer) (57)
  • Brian Prout (drummer in Diamond Rio) (57, disputed)
  • Lila McCann (country singer) (31)
  • Gary Rossington (lead guitarist, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Rossington-Collins Band) (61)
  • Chris Hillman (guitarist-bassist-mandolinist, the Byrds, the Flying Burrito Brothers) (68)
  • "Southside" Johnny (leader, Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes) (64)
  • Fred Armisen (castmember, Saturday Night Live) (46)
  • Marisa Tomei (actress, My Cousin Vinny) (48)
  • Vinnie Dombrowski (lead singer, Sponge) (50)


  • 1783, General George Washington bid farewell to his Continental Army officers at Fraunces Tavern inNew York City.
  • 1918, President Woodrow Wilson sailed for France to attend the Versailles Peace Conference at the end of World War I, becoming the first American president to travel outside the United States while in office.
  • 1930, theVatican approved the rhythm method of birth control for Roman Catholics.
  • 1944 Beach Boys singer-drummer Dennis Wilson is born. He dies in 1983.
  • 1945, the Senate approved American membership in the United Nations.
  • 1965 "Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season)" by the Byrds hits Number One on the pop chart, where it stays for three weeks.
  • 1967 Actor Bert Lahr (The Wizard Of Oz's Cowardly Lion) dies at age 72.
  • 1968, the horror classic Night Of The Living Dead opened in theaters.
  • 1971 "Family Affair" by Sly & the Family Stone hits Number One on the pop chart, where it stays for three weeks.
  • 1971 Teaser And The Firecat by Cat Stevens peaks at Number Two on the album chart.
  • 1975 Alive! by Kiss is certified gold.
  • 1976 "Beth" b/w "Detroit Rock City" by Kiss peaks at Number Seven on the pop chart.
  • 1976 A Night On The Town by Rod Stewart peaks at Number Two on the album chart, where it stays for four weeks.
  • 1976 Boston's self-titled debut peaks at Number Three on the album chart, where it stays for five weeks.
  • 1976 Former James Gang and Deep Purple guitarist Tommy Bolin dies at age 26.
  • 1976, Elizabeth Taylor got married for the seventh time. The lucky groom was John Warner, who later became a Republican U.S. Senator fromVirginia.
  • 1979 U2 plays a show in Islington billed as the V2s, but only nine people show up. When the Edge breaks a guitar string halfway through the concert, the band is so upset that they quit playing for the night.
  • 1980 The surviving members of Led Zeppelin announce that the band will not continue following the death of John Bonham.
  • 1987, Kareem Abdul Jabbar of the Los Angeles Lakers scored just seven points against Milwaukee and ended his NBA record of 787 games in which he scored in the double figures.
  • 1991 Van Halen performs a free concert in Dallas. Lead singer Sammy Hagar had promised to do the show because he had lost his voice during a concert inDallas three and a half years earlier.
  • 1991, Associated Press correspondent Terry Anderson, the longest held of the Western hostages in Lebanon, was released after nearly seven years in captivity.
  • 1992, President George H.W. Bush ordered U.S. troops to Somalia, threatening military action against warlords and gangs who were blocking food shipments meant for millions of starving Somalis.
  • 1993 Frank Zappa dies at age 52.
  • 1996, the Mars Pathfinder blasted off on its mission to Mars.
  • 1997 The original Black Sabbath line-up of Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward reunites for two sold-out concerts in their hometown ofBirmingham,England.
  • 1997, the National Basketball Association suspended Latrell Sprewell of the Golden State Warriors for one year for choking and threatening to kill his coach, P.J. Carlesimo, three days earlier. An arbitrator later reduced the suspension and reinstated Sprewell.
  • 2001 Kiss singer-bassist Gene Simmons releases his autobiography, Kiss And Makeup.
  • 2001 The AC/DC DVD Stiff Upper Lip Live is released.
  • 2001 The America: A Tribute To Heroes album, featuring performances by U2, Neil Young, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder and Young, Bon Jovi, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, and Paul Simon, among others, is released.
  • 2003 Evanescence lands five nominations, including Best New Artist, as the nominees for the 46th annual Grammy Awards are announced.
  • 2003 The Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne book Ordinary People: Our Story is published in theU.K.
  • 2004 Elton John is honored by the John F. Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts inWashington,D.C., for his ongoing contributions to American culture.
  • 2006 Nickelback wins three awards, including Duo/Group of the Year and Rock Album of the Year, at the 2006 Billboard Music Awards.
  • 2007 Godsmack releases its first greatest hits set, titled Good Times Bad Times -- Ten Years of Godsmack.
  • 2008 Coldplay is sued by guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani, who accuses the English group of plagiarizing one of his songs. Satriani alleges that the Coldplay song "Viva La Vida" makes use of "substantial original portions" of his 2004 instrumental "If I Could Fly."
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