Rabbi's On This Day: Thursday, December 27, 2012
Posted 12/27/2012 12:00:00 PM

Thursday, December 27, 2012


  • John Amos (actor, Good Times' James Evans, Roots, Coming To America, Die Hard 2, The West Wing, The District and Gordie Howard from The Mary Tyler Moore Show) (73)
  • Gerard Depardieu (French actor, of Green Card, The Man In The Iron Mask and Hamlet) (64)
  • Cokie Roberts (ABC News correspondent/anchor) (69)
  • Scotty Moore (lead guitarist, Elvis Presley) (81)
  • Mike Pinder (founding keyboardist, the Moody Blues) (71)
  • Larry Byrom (founding guitarist, Steppenwolf; now a session guitarist inNashville) (64)
  • Eva LaRue Callahan (actress, CSI: Miami) (46)
  • Mick Jones (guitarist and singer, Foreigner) (68)
  • David Knopfler (former guitarist, Dire Straits; brother of Mark Knopfler) (60)
  • Terry Bozzio (drummer; has worked with Jeff Beck, Frank Zappa, Missing Persons, Duran Duran and Korn, among others) (62)
  • Charmian Carr (played Liesl, the oldest of the Von Trapp children, in The Sound of Music) (70)
  • Chyna (professional wrestler/reality star, Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew, The Surreal Life) (42, disputed)
  • Emilie de Ravin (actress, Lost, Remember Me, The Hills Have Eyes, Public Enemies) (31)
  • Hayley Williams (lead singer, Paramore) (24)


  • 1822 Chemist Dr. Louis Pasteur, who discovered the food preservation process known as "pasteurization" and a rabies vaccine, is born. He dies in 1895.
  • 1831, naturalist Charles Darwin set out on a voyage to the Pacific aboard the HMS Beagle.Darwin's discoveries on the five-year trip helped form the basis of his theories on evolution.
  • 1879 Actor Sydney Greenstreet (The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca) is born. He dies in 1954.
  • 1900, prohibitionist Carry Nation carried out her first smashing of a bar, at the Carey Hotel in Wichita, Kansas.
  • 1901 Actress Marlene Dietrich is born. She dies in 1992.
  • 1927, the musical Show Boat premiered on Broadway.
  • 1932,New York City'sRadioCityMusic Hall opened its doors.
  • 1947, The Howdy Doody Show debuted on NBC.
  • 1963 The music critics of The London Times name John Lennon & Paul McCartney as the outstanding composers of 1963.
  • 1968 Apollo 8, the first manned mission to orbit the moon, successfully returns to Earth with a nighttime splashdown.
  • 1969 Led Zeppelin II by Led Zeppelin hits Number One on the album chart, where it spends a total of seven weeks.
  • 1969 Let It Bleed by the Rolling Stones peaks at Number Three on the album chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1969 Was Captured Live At The Forum by Three Dog Night peaks at Number Six on the album chart, where it stays for seven weeks.
  • 1971, the CBS variety program, Sonny and Cher, debuted.
  • 1975 "Almost Saturday Night" by John Fogerty peaks at Number 78 on the pop chart.
  • 1975 "I Believe In Father Christmas" by Emerson, Lake, & Palmer peaks at Number Two on theU.K. pop chart.
  • 1975 Actress Heather O'Rourke (Poltergeist's Carol Ann) is born. She dies in 1988.
  • 1975 Kansas guitarist Kerry Livgren and Victoria Carpenter are married.
  • 1975 The Faces officially announce their breakup.
  • 1977 Aja by Steely Dan is certified platinum.
  • 1978 Blondes Have More Fun by Rod Stewart is certified platinum.
  • 1978 Minute By Minute by the Doobie Brothers is certified gold.
  • 1978 The self-titled debut album from the Cars is certified platinum.
  • 1979 The Clash and Ian Dury coheadline the second of four concerts for the people inKampuchea atLondon's Hammersmith Odeon.
  • 1979, the Soviet Union took control ofAfghanistan.
  • 1980 "(Just Like) Starting Over" by John Lennon hits Number One on the pop chart, where it stays for five weeks. That same day, Double Fantasy hits Number One on the album chart, where it stays for eight weeks.
  • 1980 "Hungry Heart" by Bruce Springsteen peaks at Number Five on the pop chart.
  • 1983 Van Halen releases its final album with lead singer David Lee Roth, 1984.
  • 1983, Pope John Paul the Second met and offered forgiveness to Mehmet Ali Agca, the man who shot him in an assassination attempt two years earlier.
  • 1985, Palestinian guerrillas opened fire inside theRome andVienna airports. Twenty people died, including five of the attackers, who were killed by police forces.
  • 1986 "Don't Get Me Wrong" by the Pretenders peaks at Number 10 on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1986 "War" by Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, a cover of the Edwin Starr song, peaks at Number Eight on the pop chart, where it stays for three weeks.
  • 2000 The movie Traffic, starring Michael Douglas, Benicio Del Toro, Don Cheadle and Catherine Zeta-Jones, opens in selected cities.
  • 2001 U2 frontman Bono is named European of the Year for his work on behalf of debt relief.
  • 2006 Korn releases the Family Values Tour 2006 CD and DVD, featuring live tracks from Deftones, Stone Sour, Flyleaf, 10 Years and the headliners, as well as Korn doing a mash-up of "Shoots And Ladders" and "Wicked" with Deftones singer Chino Moreno, Stone Sour's Corey Taylor joining Korn for "Freak On A Leash," and a performance of U2's "Pride (In The Name Of Love)" by Flyleaf with singer Richard Patrick from Army Of Anyone.
  • 2007 Marilyn Manson's divorce from burlesque dancer and model Dita Von Teese is officially finalized in Los Angeles Superior Court.
  • 2009 Metallica's 1991 self-titled fifth album, commonly known as "the black album," surpasses Shania Twain's 1997 record, Come On Over, as the best-selling CD since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking albums sales in May 1991. It hits total sales of 15,490,000 copies, eclipsing Come On Over's total of 15,487,000.
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