Rabbi's On This Day: Saturday, December 8, 2012
12/8/2012 12:00:00 PM
Saturday, December 8, 2012
- Kim Basinger (actress, who won an Oscar for L.A. Confidential, Nine 1/2 Weeks, Batman, 8 Mile; former wife of Alec Baldwin) (59)
- Teri Hatcher (actress who played Lois Lane in TV's Lois & Clark: The New Adventures Of Superman, Tomorrow Never Dies, Spy Kids and now stars in Desperate Housewives) (48)
- Dominic Monaghan (actor, played “Merry” in the Lord Of The Rings movies, Lost, Flash Forward) (36)
- Ian Somerhalder (actor, Lost, The Vampire Diaries) (34)
- Sinead O'Connor (controversial singer) (46)
- Ann Coulter (Argumentative conservative author) (51)
- Gregg Allman (musician) (65)
- Maximilian Schell (actor, Judgment At Nuremberg, The Odessa File, A Bridge Too Far, The Black Hole) (82)
- Phil Collen (guitarist, Def Leppard) (55)
- Bobby Elliott (drummer, the Hollies) (71)
- Nathan East (bassist) (57)
- Nicki Minaj (singer) (30)
- AnnaSophia Robb (actress, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Bridge to Terabithia, Because of Winn-Dixie) (19)
- Corey Taylor (lead singer, Slipknot, Stone Sour) (39)
- Nick Zinner (guitarist, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs) (38)
- Kat Bjelland (singer/guitarist, Babes In Toyland) (49)
- Marty Friedman (former guitarist, Megadeth) (50)
ON THIS DAY:
- 1886 - the American Federation Of Labor was founded inColumbus,Ohio.
- 1911 Actor Lee J. Cobb (the definitive Willy Loman in Death Of A Salesman, 12 Angry Men, Exodus, How The West Was Won, Our Man Flint, In Like Flint, The Exorcist) is born. He dies in 1976.
- 1925 - Singer, dancer, actor, and “Rat Pack” member Sammy Davis, Jr. was born. He died of throat cancer on May 16th, 1990, at 64.
- 1926 - Variety magazine reported on "a new development in radio -- Television."
- 1933 - Variety show host actor and comedian Flip Wilson was born. He died of cancer November 25th, 1998, at 64.
- 1936 Actor David Carradine (actor, Kung Fu, the Kill Bill movies) is born. He dies in June 2009.
- 1940 - the Chicago Bears unveiled the "T" formation offense and won the NFL championship, shutting out the Washington Redskins, 73-0.
- 1941 - the U.S. entered World War II when Congress declared war against Japan, one day after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. In a speech before Congress calling for the war declaration, President Franklin Roosevelt called December 7th, 1941, "a date which will live in infamy."
- 1943 - The Doors' lead singer Jim Morrison was born. He died of heart failure inParis on July 3rd, 1971, at 27.
- 1949 - the Chinese Nationalist government moved to Taiwan as the Communists, led by Mao Tse-Tung, continued their attacks.
- 1950 Singer-multi-instrumentalist Dan Hartman (worked with both Edgar and Johnny Winter, among many others) is born. He dies in 1994.
- 1952 - in a TV first, Lucille Ball's character Lucy Ricardo was announced to be pregnant on I Love Lucy.
- 1953 - Loud, foul-mouthed comedian and actor Sam Kinison was born. He died in a car crash on April 10th, 1992, at 38.
- 1959 - the movie Behind The Great Wall premiered inNew York City, featuring "Aroma Rama," in which 72 odors were pumped into the theater to match what was on the screen.
- 1968 Graham Nash plays his final show as a member of the Hollies at the London Palladium.
- 1969 Jimi Hendrix testifies at his trial for possession of hashish and heroin in Toronto Supreme Court that he has smoked pot four times, hashish five times, taken LSD five times, and snorted cocaine twice. He adds that he has now "outgrown" drugs. After eight hours of deliberations, the jury finds Hendrix not guilty.
- 1973 "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" by Elton John peaks at Number Two on the pop chart, where it stays for three weeks.
- 1973 "Just You 'N' Me" by Chicago peaks at Number Four on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.
- 1973 Life And Times by Jim Croce peaks at Number Seven on the album chart, where it stays for two weeks.
- 1973 Mind Games by John Lennon peaks at Number Nine on the album chart, where it stays for three weeks.
- 1975 Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue tour ends at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The show is a benefit for boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the subject of Dylan's song "Hurricane," who had been wrongfully convicted of murder.
- 1978 - Former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir died. She was 80.
- 1979 "Babe" by Styx hits Number One on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.
- 1979 "Highway To Hell" by AC/DC peaks at Number 47 on the pop chart.
- 1979 "Walking On The Moon" by the Police hits Number One on theU.K. pop chart.
- 1980 In The Heat Of The Night by Pat Benatar is certified platinum.
- 1980 John Lennon is shot to death by a disturbed stalker 25-year-old Mark David Chapman, as the former Beatle enters his New York City apartment building with his wife Yoko Ono. The couple had just come from a recording session at the Record Plant studio. Lennon is shot four times, and is pronounced dead at 11:30 P.M. ET at the hospital. He was 40.
- 1983 - Western actor and country singer Slim Pickens died. He was 64.
- 1984 - the children's show Captain Kangaroo aired for the last time, after 29 years on the air.
- 1984 "No More Lonely Nights" by Paul McCartney peaks at Number Six on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.
- 1984 Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil wrecks his sports car in a drunk-driving accident that kills his passenger, Hanoi Rocks drummer Nick "Razzle" Dingley. The accident also causes serious injuries to two people in the car Neil hits.
- 1987 - President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev signed the INF Treaty to dismantle allU.S. and Soviet medium and shorter-range missiles.
- 1987 - Ron Hextall of the Philadelphia Flyers became the first NHL goalie to score a goal by shooting the puck into the opposing team's goal.
- 1990 "Something To Believe In" by Poison peaks at Number Four on the pop chart.
- 1993 - President Clinton signed the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
- 1995 - four months after the death of founder Jerry Garcia, the members of the Grateful Dead announced they were disbanding after 30 years.
- 1996 - In The Heat Of The Night's Detective Virgil Tibbs, actor Howard E. Rollins, Jr., died . He was 46.
- 1996 Actor Howard E. Rollins, Jr. (Ragtime, A Soldier's Story, In The Heat Of The Night) dies at age 46.
- 1998 - the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that police cannot search people and their cars after ticketing them for routine traffic violations.
- 2000 A John Lennon statue is unveiled in Havana, Cuba, to mark the 20th anniversary of his murder. Cuban leader Fidel Castro, who had said in the '60s that Beatles music was decadent, attends the ceremony and calls Lennon a revolutionary.
- 2000 Metallica sues perfume manufacturer Guerlain Inc., as well as the Neiman-Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman department store chains, alleging that they have infringed on and diluted the rock band's trademarked name by creating and marketing a "Metallica" perfume brand.
- 2000 Sting gets a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.
- 2003 Doors guitarist Robby Krieger and keyboardist Ray Manzarek visit Jim Morrison's gravesite in Pere Lachaise cemetery inParis, on what would have been the singer's 60th birthday.
- 2003 Ozzy Osbourne has emergency surgery inEngland to repair some major damage suffered in a crash at his British estate. Osbourne was riding a four-wheeled all-terrain vehicle (ATV) that flips while driving, leaving him with a broken collarbone, six broken ribs, and a broken vertebra in his neck. He eventually recovers.
- 2004 Christian rap-rockers P.O.D. appear on 60 Minutes in a segment about spiritual themes in mainstream music.
- 2004 Evanescence performs for the first time with an eight-piece string section at the Billboard Music Awards.
- 2004 Linkin Park's collaborative "mash-up" CD/DVD with rapper Jay-Z, called Collision Course, debuts at Number One on the Billboard 200 with sales of more than 368,000 copies in its first week of release.
- 2004 Former Pantera and Damageplan guitarist Darrell "Dimebag Darrell" Abbott is shot and killed onstage at the Alrosa Villa club in Columbus, Ohio. He was 38 years old. The gunman a disturbed ex-Marine Nathan Gale, also kills a concertgoer, a club employee, and Damageplan's security guard, before being slain by a police officer.
- 2005 The family of Pantera and Damageplan guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott files a lawsuit against theColumbus,Ohio, nightclub in which he and three others were shot to death exactly one year earlier.
- 2005 U2, Gorillaz, and Foo Fighters lead the rock pack with multiple nominations for the 48th annual Grammy Awards, which are announced inNew York City. U2 earns five nominations, while Gorillaz and Foo Fighters walk away with four apiece.
- 2006 Screamers, a documentary about the history of genocide throughout the 20th century featuring System Of A Down, premieres inLos Angeles.
- 2009 30 Seconds To Mars releases its new album, This Is War, more than four years after the group's 2005 sophomore effort, A Beautiful Lie. The album comes with 2,000 different CD covers that each feature a photo of a 30 Second To Mars fan.
- 2009 Puddle Of Mudd issues its fourth studio album, titled Volume 4: Songs In The Key Of Love And Hate.