Rabbi's On This Day: Friday, December 7, 2012
Posted 12/7/2012 12:00:00 PM

Friday, December 7, 2012


  • Sarah Bareilles (pop singer) (33)
  • Johnny Bench (baseball Hall Of Fame catcher) (65)
  • Larry Bird (former Boston Celtics forward, Basketball Hall Of Famer) (56)
  • Ellen Burstyn (actress, The Last Picture Show, The Exorcist, Roommates, The Spitfire Grill, Reqiuem for a Dream, The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Red Dragon, W.) (80, disputed)
  • Eli Wallach (actor, The Holiday, The Magnificent Seven, How The West Was Won, The Godfather: Part III, Keeping The Faith, Mystic River) (97)
  • Terrell Owens (controversial professional football player) (39, disputed)
  • Fernando Vargas (former junior middleweight boxing champ) (35)
  • Jeffrey Wright (actor, Angels In America, Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Cadillac Records, Source Code, The Ides Of March Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close) (47)
  • Aaron Carter (teen pop star) (25)
  • Tom Waits (raspy-voiced singer-songwriter) (63)
  • Priscilla Barnes (actress, Three's Company's Terri Alden) (54, disputed)
  • Shiri Appleby (actress, Swimfan, Charlie Wilson's War, Roswell) (34)
  • Jennifer Carpenter (actress, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Dexter, Quaratine, White Chicks) (33)
  • Jack Huston (actor, Boardwalk Empire, Twlight: Eclipse, Outlander, grandson of John Huston and nephew of Anjelica Huston) (30)
  • Nicholas Hoult (actor, About a Boy, A Single Man, X-Men: First Class, Clash of the Titans) (23)
  • Emily Browning (actress, Uninvited, Sucker Punch, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events) (24)
  • Dominic Howard (drummer, Muse) (35)


  • 1923 Actor Ted Knight (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Caddyshack, Too Close For Comfort) is born. He dies in 1986.
  • 1939, Lou Gehrig was elected to the Baseball Hall Of Fame, as the required waiting period was waived after he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Gehrig died less than two years later.
  • 1941, Japanese planes attacked the home base of the U.S. Pacific fleet at Pearl Harbor on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, launching America's entry into World War II.
  • 1942 Harry Chapin is born. He dies in 1981 at age 38.
  • 1963, instant replay was used for the first time, by CBS, during the Army-Navy football game.
  • 1963, John F. Kennedy's widow, Jacqueline, and their children, John Jr. and Caroline, left the White House, and President Lyndon B. Johnson's family moved in.
  • 1964 Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson and Marilyn Rovell are married. They later divorce.
  • 1968 Eric Burdon leaves the Animals, and the group disbands.
  • 1969, the animated classic Frosty The Snowman first aired on CBS.
  • 1971 Wild Life by Wings is released.
  • 1972, Apollo 17, the sixth and final U.S. Apollo moon mission, blasted off from Cape Canaveral. Flight Commander Eugene Cernan was the last man on the moon.
  • 1973 "Band On The Run" by Wings is released.
  • 1973 Time Fades Away by Neil Young is certified gold.
  • 1984 A Texas judge allows David Crosby to enter a drug rehabilitation program instead of doing jail time.
  • 1985 "Never" by Heart peaks at Number Four on the pop chart.
  • 1985 Afterburner by ZZ Top peaks at Number Four on the album chart, where it stays for three weeks.
  • 1990 Edward Scissorhands, starring Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder, and directed by Tim Burton, opens in theaters.
  • 1991 Achtung Baby by U2 enters the album chart at Number One.
  • 1993 Guns N' Roses announces it will keep the Charles Manson-penned tune "Look At Your Game, Girl" on its album The Spaghetti Incident?. The band decides to keep it on after it learns that the royalties from the song will go to the son of one of Manson's victims.
  • 1993 Jimmy Page is inducted into the Hollywood Rock Walk.
  • 1993, Energy Secretary Hazel O'Leary revealed that theU.S. had conducted 204 underground nuclear tests from 1963 to 1990 without informing the public.
  • 1993, gunman Colin Ferguson opened fire on a Long Island Rail Road commuter train, killing six people and wounding 17 others.
  • 1994 Singer Liam Gallagher walks offstage during an Oasis concert in Glasgow, Scotland after losing his voice. Guitarist Noel Gallagher tries to carry on by himself, but is faced with boos and catcalls. The band reschedules the show and denies rumors that it is splitting up.
  • 1997 Bob Dylan is given the Kennedy Center Honor in Washington, D.C. Others saluted that night are actor Charlton Heston, actress Lauren Bacall, opera singer Jessye Norman, and ballet master Edward Villella.
  • 1999 Live Era 1987-93 by Guns N' Roses is released.
  • 1999 The Eagles album Their Greatest Hits, 1971-1975 is named "Best Selling Album Of The Century" by the RIAA.
  • 2001 Ocean's Eleven, starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia and Julia Roberts, opens in theaters.
  • 2003 Elvis Costello and Diana Krall are married at Elton John's castle outsideLondon.
  • 2004 The White Stripes release their first DVD, a concert disc filmed in London called Under Blackpool Lights.
  • 2005 British glam rockers the Darkness land on the Billboard 200 album chart at Number 58, selling just over 26,000 copies of their second album, titled One Way Ticket To Hell...And Back.
  • 2005 Evanescence singer Amy Lee sues her former manager, Dennis Rider, accusing him of breach of fiduciary duty, professional negligence, and sexual assault and battery, among other claims. The complaint is filed a week after Rider sues Lee for unpaid management commissions.
  • 2005 Linkin Park guitarist Brad Delson tells Billboard.com that the band is close to ending its highly publicized feud with its record label, Warner Music Group.
  • 2005 Velvet Revolver plays a surprise show at a club called Body English in the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino inLas Vegas.
  • 2006 The Red Hot Chili Peppers lead the rock pack with six Grammy nods as the nominations for the 49th annual Grammy Awards are announced. Artists such as Buckcherry, Stone Sour, Death Cab For Cutie, Beck, the Raconteurs, Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, Tool, Wolfmother, System Of A Down, Snow Patrol and the Arctic Monkeys are named in various other categories.
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