Rabbi's On This Day: Sunday, December 9, 2012
Posted 12/9/2012 12:00:00 PM

Sunday, December 9, 2012


  • Beau Bridges (actor, son of the late actor Lloyd Bridges and brother of actor Jeff Bridges) (71)
  • Felicity Huffman (actress, Sports Night, Magnolia, Frasier, Desperate Housewives, Transamerica; wife of William H. Macy) (50)
  • Dick Butkus (NFL Hall Of Famer) (70)
  • Judi Dench (actress, J.Edgar, Shakespeare In Love, Notes on a Scandal, "M" in the last seven James Bond movies, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day, Nine) (78)
  • Kirk Douglas (actor, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, Spartacus, The Fury, The Final Countdown, It Runs In The Family; father of Michael Douglas) (96)
  • Buck Henry (comedian and frequent Saturday Night Live guest host) (82)
  • John Malkovich (actor, Dangerous Liaisons, Red, In The Line Of Fire, Being John Malkovich, Shadow Of The Vampire) (59)
  • Donny Osmond (toothy 1970s pop singer) (55)
  • Michael Dorn (actor, CHiPs, Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine's Lieutenant Worf, The Santa Clause 2) (60)
  • Dick Van Patten (actor, Eight Is Enough's Tom Bradford High Anxiety, Spaceballs, Robin Hood: Men In Tights) (84)
  • Jakob Dylan (lead singer, Wallflowers, son of Bob Dylan) (43)
  • Tre Cool (drummer, Green Day) (40)
  • Jesse Metcalfe (actor, Desperate Housewives, John Tucker Must Die) (34)
  • Kara DioGuardi (singer/songwriter, former judge on American Idol) (42)
  • Imogen Heap (singer) (35)
  • Simon Helberg (actor, Howard Wolowitz on The Big Bang Theory) (32)
  • Brian Bell (guitarist, Weezer) (44)


  • 1854, Alfred Lord Tennyson's famous poem "The Charge Of The Light Brigade" was first published.
  • 1902 Actress Margaret Hamilton (The Wizard Of Oz's Wicked Witch) is born. She dies in 1985.
  • 1922 Actor-comedian Redd Foxx (Cotton Comes To Harlem, Sanford And Son, Harlem Nights) is born. He dies in 1991.
  • 1934 Blues harmonica legend Junior Wells is born. He dies in 1998.
  • 1943 The Band's singer-bassist Rick Danko is born. He dies in 1999.
  • 1948 Actors Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee are married.
  • 1965 The animated holiday special A Charlie Brown Christmas airs for the first time on CBS.
  • 1967 Farewell To The First Golden Era by the Mamas & the Papas peaks at Number Five on the album chart, where it stays for three weeks.
  • 1967 Singer Jim Morrison is arrested at a Doors concert inNew Haven,Connecticut, when he uses obscenities and badmouths the local police. He is charged with resisting arrest and breach of peace.
  • 1972 "Ventura Highway" by America peaks at Number Eight on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1972 A stage version of the Who's rock opera Tommy opens at London's Rainbow Theatre. Among the performers are Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle, Rod Stewart, Steve Winwood, Ringo Starr, and others. They're backed by the London Symphony Orchestra.
  • 1972 Seventh Sojourn by the Moody Blues hits Number One on the album chart, where it stays for five weeks.
  • 1973, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton reconciled.
  • 1974 Odds And Sods by the Who is certified gold.
  • 1974, John Lennon showed up in the Monday Night Football booth and talked sports with Frank Gifford and Howard Cosell. Ronald Reagan is also in the booth and explains the rules of American football to Lennon.
  • 1978 "Time Passages" by Al Stewart peaks at Number Seven on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1978 A Single Man by Elton John peaks at Number 15 on the album chart.
  • 1978 Comes A Time by Neil Young peaks at Number Seven on the album chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1989 "We Didn't Start The Fire" by Billy Joel hits Number One on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1990, Solidarity founder Lech Walesa wonPoland's presidential runoff by a landslide.
  • 1992 Actor Vincent Gardenia (The Hustler, All In The Family, Bang The Drum Slowly, Death Wish I and II, Moonstruck) dies at age 70.
  • 1992 Alice In Chains' second album, Dirt, is certified platinum.
  • 1992 George Harrison is awarded the first Billboard Century Award in Universal City, California. Tom Petty makes the presentation.
  • 1992 The firstU.S. troops land in the East African nation ofSomalia in an attempt to help the country's starving, war-torn population.
  • 1992, Prince Charles and Princess Diana announced their separation.
  • 1994, President Bill Clinton fired Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders after she told a conference that masturbation should be discussed in school as a part of human sexuality.
  • 1995 Anthology Vol. 1 by the Beatles enters the album chart at Number One, where it stays for three weeks.
  • 1995 The Ghost Of Tom Joad by Bruce Springsteen enters the album chart at its peak position of Number 11
  • 2000 U2 appears on Saturday Night Live.
  • 2002 Aerosmith's Steven Tyler & Joe Perry take part in a tribute to the late Jam Master Jay of Run-D.M.C. at the annual Billboard Music Awards.
  • 2002 Courtney Love threatens thesmokinggun.com with legal action for posting an investigative report by the California Medical Board of Dr. Jules Lusman, that directly addresses Love's alleged treatment by the doctor.
  • 2002 The Vines' scheduled appearance on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno is canceled and the group is banned from ever appearing on the program after vocalist Craig Nicholls trashes the studio during rehearsals.
  • 2003 The Offspring releases its seventh studio album, Splinter.
  • 2004 County commissioners in Tampa, Florida, hold an emergency meeting to consider banning concerts at the Florida State Fairgrounds after more than 50 residents complain of "booming noise" and "profanity-laced lyrics" coming from a Korn concert there two days earlier.
  • 2004 Fans gather outside both the Alrosa Villa club in Columbus, Ohio, and "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott'sDallas home to pay tribute to the fallen guitarist, who was shot to death the night before at the Alrosa.
  • 2004 More than 1,000 fans show up for a book signing session by Linkin Park at a Best Buy store in the small northernCalifornia town ofDublin.
  • 2005 P.O.D. visits woundedU.S. troops at theWalterReedArmyMedicalCenter and theNationalNavalMedicalCenter, both inWashingtonD.C.
  • 2006 Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong and Pearl Jam join U2 for the closing show of the band's Vertigo world tour in Honolulu, Hawaii. Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder and guitarist Mike McCready come onstage for an encore of Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World," while Armstrong appears for "The Saints Are Coming." Pearl Jam also warms up the crowd in a rare turn as an opening act.
  • 2006 Korn performs an acoustic set at the MTV studios in New York City for an MTV Unplugged special. Guests include Evanescence singer Amy Lee and members of the Cure, although Korn drummer David Silveria is absent.
  • 2008 Coldplay issues a response to guitarist Joe Satriani's accusation that the band stole portions of his 2004 song "If I Could Fly" for their single "Viva La Vida." The band says in a statement, "If there are any similarities between our two pieces of music, they are entirely coincidental, and just as surprising to us as to him."
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