Rabbi's On This Day: Thursday, December 6, 2012
Posted 12/6/2012 12:00:00 PM

Thursday, December 6, 2012

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS:

  • JoBeth Williams (actress, The Big Chill, Poltergeist) (64)
  • Steven Wright (actor-comedian) (57)
  • Peter Buck (guitarist, R.E.M.) (56)
  • Tom Hulce (actor, Animal House, Amadeus, Parenthood) (59)
  • Dave Brubeck (jazz pianist) (92)
  • Ben Watt (pop musician, Everything But The Girl) (50)
  • Janine Turner (actress, General Hospital, Northern Exposure, Cliffhanger, Dr. T & The Women, Strong Medicine) (50)
  • Kin Shriner (actor, Scotty Baldwin on General Hospital and Port Charles) (59)
  • Colleen Haskell (Survivor contestant, The Animal) (36)
  • Frankie Beverly (singer, Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly) (66)
  • Judd Apatow (director/screenwriter/producer, Funny People, Superbad, Anchorman, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Talladega Nights, Knocked Up, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Pineapple Express) (45)
  • Lindsay Price (actress, Lipstick Jungle, All My Children, The Bold and the Beautiul, Beverly Hills 90210) (36)
  • David Lovering (drummer, the Pixies) (51)
  • Don King (boxing promoter) (79)

ON THIS DAY:

  • 1790, Congress convened inPhiladelphia, as the City OfBrotherly Love replacedNew York City as the capital of theUnited States.
  • 1865, the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which abolished slavery, was ratified.
  • 1884, Army engineers completed construction of theWashingtonMonument.
  • 1900 Actress Agnes Moorhead (Bewitched's Endora, Charles Foster Kane's mother in Citizen Kane) is born. She dies in 1974.
  • 1907, an explosion at a West Virginia mine owned by the Fairmont Coal Company killed 361 coal miners, in the worst mining disaster in American history.
  • 1923, a presidential address was broadcast on radio for the first time as President Calvin Coolidge spoke to a joint session of Congress.
  • 1930, Knute Rockne coached his last football game for Notre Dame, a 27-0 rout ofSouthern Cal. He died in a plane crash the following spring. Rockne coached the Irish for 13 years, compiling a record of 105-12-5, for a winning percentage of .881, the highest in NCAA history.
  • 1955, New York City psychologist Dr. Joyce Brothers won the top prize on the TV quiz show The $64,000 Question by correctly answering questions on boxing.
  • 1956 Guitarist Randy Rhoads (Ozzy Osbourne's Blizzard Of Ozz) is born. He dies in 1982 in a small plane crash.
  • 1968 James Taylor releases his self-titled debut album in the U.K. on the Beatles' label, Apple Records.
  • 1969, Some 300,000 fans attend a free concert headlined by the Rolling Stones at California's Altamont Speedway outside San Francisco. The event goes bad when it was marred by the deaths of four people including 18-year-old Meredith Hunter who was stabbed to death by a member of the Hell's Angels motorcycle gang who were providing security for the concert directly in front of the main stage.
  • 1970 The Rolling Stones movie Gimme Shelter, documenting the events leading up to and including theAltamont concert in 1969, opens.
  • 1971 Ryan White, the hemophiliac who was befriended by Elton John and Michael Jackson after he contracted HIV through blood transfusions, is born. He dies in 1990.
  • 1973 The Joker by Steve Miller is certified gold.
  • 1973, House Minority Leader Gerald Ford was sworn in as the first unelected vice president, succeeding Spiro Agnew, who resigned from office on October 10th after pleading no contest to a tax evasion charge.
  • 1975 Still Crazy After All These Years by Paul Simon hits Number One on the album chart.
  • 1977 "You Love The Thunder" by Jackson Browne is released.
  • 1978 Sid Vicious, out on bail from the Riker's Island Detention Center in New York City after being charged with the murder of his girlfriend Nancy Spungen, smashes glass in the face of Patti Smith's brother Todd during an altercation at a New York rock club.
  • 1979 Highway To Hell by AC/DC, the last album with singer Bon Scott, is certified gold.
  • 1980 U2 makes its American debut at the Ritz inNew York City.
  • 1984, Martina Navratilova lost to Helena Sukova, ending the longest winning streak in women's singles tennis. Navratilova had won 74 matches in a row.
  • 1986 "Hip To Be Square" by Huey Lewis & the News peaks at Number Three on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1988 Roy Orbison dies at age 52.
  • 1989, Fourteen women were shot to death at theUniversity OfMontreal's school of engineering by a man who then killed himself.
  • 1993 Actor Don Ameche (Trading Places, Cocoon) dies at age 85.
  • 1994 Pearl Jam's third album, Vitalogy, is released on CD and cassette, two weeks after appearing on vinyl.
  • 1996 The soundtrack to the film She's The One by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers is certified gold.
  • 1997 Reload by Metallica enters the album chart at Number One.
  • 2000 Actor Werner Klemperer (Hogan's Heroes' Colonel Klink) dies at age 80.
  • 2000 U2 rocks New York City's tiny Irving Plaza for an intimate show containing covers of the Ramones' "I Remember You" and the Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again."
  • 2001 Staind's second major label album, Break The Cycle, reaches the four million mark in sales.
  • 2002 Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler plays himself and Santa Claus on the Disney Channel program Lizzie McGuire.
  • 2002, Winona Ryder was sentenced to 36 months of probation and 480 hours of community service after being convicted of shoplifting from Saks Fifth Avenue. She was also ordered to pay $10,000 in fines and restitution.
  • 2003 Elvis Costello and jazz singer-pianist Diana Krall are married.
  • 2003 The Los Angeles Times reports that Ozzy Osbourne claims he was "over-prescribed a host of powerful anti-psychotic and tranquilizing drugs" by Beverly Hills physician David Kipper, "leading to a 42-pill-per-day habit that also accounted for his perplexing behavior on the hit TV series The Osbournes.
  • 2005 Franz Ferdinand releases its first, self-titled DVD.
  • 2005 Green Day wins six prizes at the Billboard Music Awards, including Album of the Year for American Idiot.
  • 2005 Korn releases its seventh studio album, See You On The Other Side. It's the band's first as a four-piece and first to use outside songwriting team the Matrix.
  • 2005 Queen guitarist Brian May is honored at Buckingham Palace in London, where he receives his Commander Of The Order Of The British Empire (CBE) award and is presented with a medal by Queen Elizabeth II.
  • 2006 Incubus earns the first Number One debut of its career with its sixth studio album, Light Grenades. The CD lands in the Billboard album chart's top spot with first-week sales of 165,000 copies.
  • 2007 The 50th annual Grammy Awards nominees are announced. Foo Fighters leads the list of rock nominees with five, including Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Best Rock Album and Best Rock Song. Other rock artists nominated in various categories include the White Stripes, Paramore, Daughtry, Tool, Queens of the Stone Age, Ozzy Osbourne and more.
  • 2009 Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo is hospitalized in upstateNew York after his tour bus crashes. Cuomo's wife and baby daughter, who are also on board, are not hurt, but Cuomo sustains three broken ribs, an injury to his lower leg and internal injuries.
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