Rabbi's On This Day: Monday, December 10, 2012
12/10/2012 12:00:00 PM
Monday, December 10, 2012
- Kenneth Branagh (actor-writer-director, Dead Again, Wild Wild West, Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, Thor, My Week With Marilyn; former husband of Emma Thompson) (52)
- Susan Dey (actress, starred in The Partridge Family and L.A. Law) (60)
- Raven-Symone Pearman (That's So Raven, The Cosby Show's Olivia Kendall) (27)
- Bobby Flay (celebrity chef) (48)
- Emmanuelle Chriqui (actress, Cadillac Records, Entourage) (35)
- Meg White (drummer, the White Stripes) (38)
- Nia Peeples (actress and singer, Fame, Walker Texas Ranger) (51)
- Paul Hardcastle (British jazz musician and composer) (55)
- Walter Orange (member of the Commodores) (66)
- Chad Stuart (of Chad & Jeremy, "Yesterday's Gone") (71)
- Scot Alexander (bassist, Dishwalla) (41)
- J. Mascis (singer/guitarist, Dinosaur Jr.) (47)
- Rod Blagojevich (former governor ofIllinois) (56)
ON THIS DAY:
- 1830 Poet Emily Dickinson is born. She dies in 1886.
- 1869, women were granted the right to vote in theWyomingTerritory, the first legislation of its kind in American history.
- 1898, a treaty signed inParis officially ended the Spanish-American War. Puerto Rico, Guam, and thePhilippines were ceded to theU.S., andCuba became aU.S. protectorate.
- 1901, the king of Sweden distributed the first Nobel Prizes in accordance with the will of the late inventor Alfred Nobel. The awards are given out annually on December 10th, the anniversary of Nobel's death.
- 1928 Actor Dan Blocker (Bonanza's Hoss Cartwright) is born. He dies in 1972.
- 1935, University of Chicago halfback Jay Berwanger received the first Downtown Athletic Club Trophy, signifying that he was the best college football player east of the Mississippi River. The next year, the award became known as the Heisman Trophy, named after the late John Heisman, the DAC's first director of athletics and a famous football coach, and went to the best player in the country.
- 1953 The first issue of Playboy, featuring a nude Marilyn Monroe, is published.
- 1957 Actor Michael Clarke Duncan (Armageddon, The Green Mile, The Whole Nine Yards, Planet Of The Apes, Daredevil, Talladega Nights) is born. He dies in September 2012 at age 54.
- 1963, six-year-old Donny Osmond made his singing debut on The Andy Williams Show.
- 1964, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. receives the Nobel Peace Prize.
- 1965 The Grateful Dead, the Jefferson Airplane, and the Great Society play a benefit for the San Francisco Mime Troupe at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco. It's the first show that Bill Graham promotes at the venue.
- 1966 "Good Vibrations" by the Beach Boys hits Number One on the pop chart.
- 1966 "Mellow Yellow" by Donovan peaks at Number Two on the pop chart, where it stays for three weeks.
- 1969 A jury in Toronto finds Jimi Hendrix not guilty of heroin and marijuana possession.
- 1971 Frank Zappa fractures his skull and breaks one of his legs in several places after being pushed off the stage and into the orchestra pit inLondon by the jealous boyfriend of a female Zappa fan.
- 1973, Major League Baseball's American League voted to adopt the designated hitter rule on a trial basis for three years.
- 1975 The Who By Numbers by the Who is certified gold.
- 1977 Moonflower by Santana peaks at Number 10 on the album chart, where it stays for three weeks.
- 1977 Street Survivors by Lynyrd Skynyrd peaks at Number Five on the album chart, where it stays for two weeks.
- 1978 Actor-director Ed Wood (Plan 9 From Outer Space) dies at age 54.
- 1978 Van Halen begins recording the Van Halen II album.
- 1980 John Lennon's body is cremated inHartsdale,New York.
- 1983 "Love Is A Battlefield" by Pat Benatar peaks at Number Five on the pop chart, the same day that Live From Earth peaks at Number 13 on the album chart.
- 1983 "Say Say Say" by Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson hits Number One on the pop chart, where it stays for six weeks.
- 1983 Stevie Nicks performs "Stand Back" and "Nightbird" on Saturday Night Live.
- 1983 Undercover by the Rolling Stones peaks at Number Four on the album chart, where it stays for two weeks.
- 1984 Archbishop Desmond Tutu ofSouth Africa receives the Nobel Peace Prize.
- 1984 The original Band Aid single, "Do They Know It's Christmas?", is released. Proceeds from the song go toward famine relief inEthiopia.
- 1988 "Look Away" by Chicago hits Number One on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.
- 1990, the Food And Drug Administration approved Norplant, a long-acting contraceptive implant for women.
- 1993 Scotland Yard reopens its investigation into the death of Jimi Hendrix after receiving an anonymous tip, which some feel came from his old girlfriend Kathy Etchingham.
- 1993 The Grateful Dead welcomes guest Branford Marsalis for their entire show at the Los Angeles Sports Arena inLos Angeles.
- 1994, Yasser Arafat, Shimon Peres, and Yitzhak Rabin received the Nobel Peace Prize, pledging to pursue their mission of peace in the Middle East.
- 1999 Actress-comedienne Shirley Hemphill (What's Happening!!) dies at age 52.
- 1999 Author Joseph Heller (Catch-22) dies at age 76.
- 1999 Limp Bizkit's second album, Significant Other, is certified quintuple platinum.
- 1999 The Band singer-bassist Rick Danko dies at age 56.
- 1999, computer scientist Wen Ho Lee was arrested and charged with removing secrets from computers at the Los Alamos weapons lab. Lee was later freed after pleading guilty to one count of downloading restricted data to tape; 58 other counts were dropped.
- 2004 The reunited Motley Crue performs on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
- 2005 3 Doors Down stages a benefit concert inMobile,Alabama, to help raise funds for victims of Hurricane Katrina.
- 2005 Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash, Stone Temple Pilots bassist Robert DeLeo and guitarist Dean DeLeo and others salute Stevie Wonder at the Grammy Jam benefit at the Orpheum Theater inLos Angeles. All proceeds go to the Entertainment Industry Foundation's National Arts And Music Education Initiative.
- 2006 Stone Sour's second album, Come What(ever) May, is certified gold for shipments of more than 500,000 copies.
- 2007 Led Zeppelin plays its highly-anticipated reunion show at London's O2 Arena, marking the first time surviving members Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones play a full gig together in nearly 20 years. They are joined by late drummer John Bonham's son Jason behind the kit. The 16-song set starts with "Good Times, Bad Times" the opening number from the band's self-titled 1969 debut, and closes with encores "Whole Lotta Love" and "Rock and Roll."
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