Rabbi's On This Day: Saturday, December 29, 2012
Posted 12/29/2012 12:00:00 PM

Saturday, December 29, 2012


  • Ted Danson (actor, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Sam Malone on Cheers, Damages, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Bored To Death, Becker) (65)
  • Mekhi Phifer (movie and TV actor, ER, 8 Mile) (38)
  • Paula Poundstone (comedienne) (53)
  • Marianne Faithfull (singer-songwriter, former girlfriend of Mick Jagger) (66)
  • Jude Law (actor, the Sherlock Holmes movies, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Enemy At The Gates, Road To Perdition, Alfie, Cold Mountain, I Heart Huckabees, Closer) (40)
  • Jon Voight (actor, Midnight Cowboy, Deliverance, Coming Home, The Champ, Mission: Impossible, Ali, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, National Treasure; father of Angelina Jolie) (74)
  • Mary Tyler Moore (actress, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Ordinary People) (76)
  • Yvonne Elliman (singer, "If I Can't Have You") (61)
  • La Toya London (American Idol contestant) (34)
  • Dexter Holland (lead singer, The Offspring) (47)
  • Patricia Clarkson (actress, Shutter Island, Six Feet Under, Far From Heaven, Green Mile, Pieces Of April, Friends with Benefits) (53)
  • Neil "Spyder" Giraldo (guitarist, husband of Pat Benatar) (57)
  • Jessica Andrews (country singer) (29)
  • Ray Thomas (multi-instrumentalist, formerly of the Moody Blues) (71)
  • Danny McBride (actor, Tropic Thunder, Pineapple Express, The Heartbreak Kid, Eastbound & Down, Land of the Lost) (36, disputed 39)
  • Shawn Hatosy (actor, Public Enemies, Southland, Alpha Dog, John Q, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans) (37)
  • Andy Wachowski (co-writer and director with brother Larry Wachowski of the Matrix movies, Speed Racer, Cloud Atlas) (45)


  • 1851 The first Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) inAmerica is organized inBoston.
  • 1852 A woman named Emma Snodgrass was arrested inBoston for wearing pants in public.
  • 1890 The "Wounded Knee Massacre" in South Dakota unfolded as over 300 captive Sioux Indian men, women and children were slaughtered by the 500 man U.S. 7th Calvary.
  • 1937 Babe Ruth returned to baseball, after retiring in 1935.
  • 1947 Drummer Cozy Powell is born. He would go on to play for the Jeff Beck Group, Black Sabbath Emerson, Lake & Powell, and Rainbow, among others. Powell dies in 1998.
  • 1963 WMCA became the first New York radio station to play the Beatles' "I Want to Hold Your Hand."
  • 1965 The James Bond movie Thunderball, starring Sean Connery, opens.
  • 1966 The Jimi Hendrix Experience makes their TV debut, playing "Hey Joe" on the BBC's Top Of The Pops.
  • 1967 Guitarist Dave Mason quits Traffic and joins Delaney & Bonnie.
  • 1971 "Old Fashioned Love Song" by Three Dog Night is certified gold.
  • 1973 "Mind Games" by John Lennon peaks at Number 18 on the pop chart.
  • 1973 "Time In A Bottle" by Jim Croce hits Number One on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1975 Jefferson Starship leaders (and husband-and-wife) Paul Kantner and Grace Slick announce that they're breaking up, but that the band will continue.
  • 1982 Jamaica issues an official Bob Marley postage stamp.
  • 1984 "Do They Know It's Christmas?" by Band Aid peaks at Number 13 on the pop chart in theU.S.
  • 1989 Jane Pauley said goodbye to NBC's Today Show as she co-hosted for the last time.
  • 1989 Singer Andrew Wood performs with Mother Love Bone for the first time since getting out of rehab.
  • 1992 in a case that scandalized America, David and Sharon Schoo ofSt. Charles,Illinois, were arrested at O'Hare International Airport inChicago after returning from vacation. They had left their young daughters at home, alone and unattended.
  • 1992 New York Governor Mario Cuomo commuted the prison sentence of Jean Harris, the convicted killer of "Scarsdale Diet" author Herman Tarnower.
  • 1993 Former Diff'rent Strokes star Todd Bridges was arrested for transporting methamphetamine, better known as "speed."
  • 1993 Nearly three weeks after the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope was repaired by the crew of the space shuttle Endeavour, scientists reported "absolutely no sign of problems."
  • 1995 The film Mr. Holland's Opus, starring Richard Dreyfuss, was released in theaters nationwide.
  • 1997 Ex-Baywatch actress Pamela Anderson Lee gives birth to Dylan Jagger Lee, her second son with Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee.
  • 1997 Hong Kong began slaughtering 1.4 million chickens to stem the spread of a mysterious bird flu that had already killed four people.
  • 1997 Yoko Ono told BBC Radio that John Lennon was the "visionary" and the reason "why the Beatles happened." She disputed Paul McCartney's claim that he was the Fab Four's creative leader, saying the only contribution McCartney made to the band's success was organizing Lennon's talent.
  • 1999 The Nasdaq composite index closed above 4,000 for the first time, ending the day at 4041.46.
  • 2002 Kelly Osbourne is joined onstage by mom Sharon, while proud papa Ozzy Osbourne looks on, during the second of his daughter's two sold-out shows at the Roxy nightclub inWest Hollywood,California.
  • 2003 Actor Earl Hindman (Home Improvement's Wilson the unseen neighbor) dies at age 61.
  • 2004 Linkin Park teams with the American Red Cross to set up Music For Relief, a charity that will provide aid to victims of the earthquake and tsunamis that devastated southeast Asia on December 26th.
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