Rabbi's On This Day: Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Posted 1/2/2013 12:00:00 PM

Wednesday, January 2, 2013


  • Jim Bakker (Disgraced former TV evangelist, ex-husband to the late make-up impaired Tammy Faye) (73)
  • Cuba Gooding, Jr. (actor, Jerry Maguire, American Gangster) (45)
  • Taye Diggs (actor, Go, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, The Wood, Private Practice, Chicago, Day Break) (42)
  • Tia Carrere (actress, General Hospital, Wayne's World I and II, True Lies) (46)
  • Christy Turlington (supermodel) (44)
  • Gabrielle Carteris (actress, Beverly Hills 90210's Andrea, The Surreal Life) (52, disputed)
  • Kate Bosworth (actress, Remember The Titans, Superman Returns, 21, Blue Crush, Straw Dogs) (30)
  • Paz Vega (actress, Spanglish) (37)
  • Doug Robb (singer, Hoobastank) (38)
  • Dax Shepherd (actor, Parenthood, When in Rome, Punk'd, Employee of the Month) (38)
  • Dennis Hastert (former Republican Speaker of the House and Congressman fromIllinois) (71)


  • 1920 Author-astronomer-scientist Isaac Asimov is born. He dies in 1992.
  • 1935, Bruno Hauptmann went on trial on charges of kidnapping and murdering the infant son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh. Hauptmann was eventually found guilty and executed for the crime.
  • 1960, Senator John F. Kennedy ofMassachusetts announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination.
  • 1965, the New York Jets signed University of Alabama quarterback Joe Namath for a reported $400,000, making him the highest paid player in pro football.
  • 1974, President Richard Nixon signed legislation requiring states to limit highway speeds to 55 miles per hour. Federal speed limits were abolished in 1995.
  • 1974, Westerns movie actor and country singer Tex Ritter, father to the late John Ritter of Three's Company, died. He was 68.
  • 1979 Former Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious goes on trial for the murder of his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen. The trial is never completed because Vicious dies of a heroin overdose a month later.
  • 1983, the musical Annie, based on the Little Orphan Annie comic strip, closed on Broadway after 2,377 performances.
  • 1990, actor Alan Hale Jr., The Skipper on Gilligan's Island, died. He was 71.
  • 1991, Sharon Pratt Dixon was sworn in as mayor ofWashington,D.C., becoming the first black woman to head a city ofWashington's size and prominence.
  • 1995, Marion Barry was inaugurated as mayor of Washington, D.C., four years after leaving the office in disgrace to serve a six-month jail sentence for drug possession.
  • 2004 Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith sits in with Sammy Hagar and his band the WaboRitas at Hagar's Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, after Wabos drummer David Lauser heads home because of a family emergency.
  • 2004 Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson posts bond and is released from the Collier County Jail in Florida, after being arrested for fighting with police at a New Year's Eve party at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Naples, Florida. He is eventually given a year's probation after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest without violence.
  • 2006 Snow Patrol's latest album, Eyes Open, is named the biggest selling British release of 2006, selling over one million copies in its homeland alone.
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