Rabbi's On This Day: Friday, January 11, 2013
Posted 1/11/2013 12:00:00 PM

Friday, January 11, 2013


  • Naomi Judd (Wynonna Judd's mother and former singing partner) (67)
  • Amanda Peet (actress, The Whole Nine Yards, Identity, Something's Gotta Give, The X-Files: I Want to Believe) (41)
  • Kim Coles (actress-comedienne, In Living Color, Living Single) (51)
  • Tony Kaye (former keyboardist, Yes) (67)
  • Mary J. Blige (singer) (42 disputed, 43)
  • Kyle Richards (actress/reality TV star, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills) (44, disputed 45)
  • Tom Dumont (guitarist, No Doubt) (45)
  • Tom Rowlands (DJ, the Chemical Brothers) (42)


  • 1902, Popular Mechanics magazine was published for the first time.
  • 1928, the Soviet Union exiled Leon Trotsky for opposing Joseph Stalin's policies.
  • 1935, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean, flying from Honolulu, Hawaii, to Oakland, California.
  • 1942 Clarence "The Big Man" Clemons (saxophone player, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band) is born. He dies in June 2011 after suffering a stroke.
  • 1963 "Please Please Me" b/w "Ask Me Why" by the Beatles is released in theU.K.
  • 1963 The famed Whiskey-A-Go-Go, where the Doors would be discovered, opens inLos Angeles.
  • 1964, U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry issued the first government report that indicated smoking might be hazardous to people's health.
  • 1969 Beggars Banquet by the Rolling Stones peaks at Number Five on the album chart, where it stays for three weeks.
  • 1973, the designated hitter rule was adopted by Major League Baseball's American League on a trial basis. Under the rule, an additional player was used to bat for the pitcher.
  • 1975 "Bungle In The Jungle" by Jethro Tull peaks at Number 12 on the pop chart.
  • 1975 "Dark Horse" by George Harrison peaks at Number 15 on the pop chart.
  • 1975 "Junior's Farm" b/w "Sally G" by Paul McCartney & Wings peaks at Number Three on the pop chart.
  • 1975 "Only You" by Ringo Starr peaks at Number Six on the pop chart. That same day, Goodnight Vienna peaks at Number Eight on the album chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1975 "The Entertainer" by Billy Joel peaks at Number 34 on the pop chart.
  • 1979 Actor Jack Soo (Barney Miller's Detective Nick Yemana) dies at age 62.
  • 1980 The Pretenders' self-titled debut album is released.
  • 1986 "I Knew The Bride (When She Used To Rock And Roll)" by Nick Lowe & His Cowboy Outfit peaks at Number 77 on the pop chart.
  • 1986 "Tonight She Comes" by The Cars peaks at Number Seven on the pop chart.
  • 1989 American Dream by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is released.
  • 1989, outgoing President Ronald Reagan said goodbye to the nation in a farewell address from the Oval Office.
  • 1992 "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana peaks at Number Six on the pop chart, where it spends two weeks. That same day, Nevermind hits Number One on the album chart, where it also spends two weeks.
  • 1992 The tribute album Two Rooms: Celebrating The Music Of Elton John And Bernie Taupin peaks at Number 18 on the album chart. It features covers by the Who, Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, Phil Collins, the Beach Boys, Tina Turner, Hall & Oates, Sinead O'Connor, and others.
  • 1996, Congressman Sonny Bono needed 11 stitches to close a gash on his face after colliding with another skier nearBig Bear Lake,California. Bono died in a skiing accident two years later.
  • 1999 At the American Music Awards, Kiss presents the Best Pop/Rock Album Of The Year Award to Will Smith.
  • 1999 The Daily Show With Jon Stewart premieres on Comedy Central.
  • 2000 Gary Glitter is released from a British prison after serving four months for possession of child pornography.
  • 2000 The Beastie Boys re-sign with Capitol Records for a long-term recording deal.
  • 2002, the first group of Al-Qaeda prisoners fromAfghanistan arrived at aU.S. military detention camp atGuantanamo Bay,Cuba.
  • 2003 Actors Taye Diggs and Idina Menzel are married.
  • 2003 Green Day announces that they have collaborated with Iggy Pop on two songs for his new album.
  • 2003 T. Rex percussionist Mickey Finn dies at age 55.
  • 2003, Governor George Ryan cleared theIllinois death row, commuting the sentences of 167 condemned inmates. The move came three years after Ryan temporarily stopped executions to examine the system's fairness, and two days before he left office. Most of the sentences were commuted to life in prison without parole.
  • 2004 Ted Nugent is injured while shooting his VH1 series Surviving Nugent: The Ted Commandments when a chain saw cuts into his leg, and the wound takes 40 stitches to close.
  • 2005 Courtney Love is harassed outside a Los Angeles courtroom by Seattle public access host Richard Lee, who has claimed for years that Love had her husband Kurt Cobain murdered.
  • 2005 Jefferson Airplane drummer Spenser Dryden dies at age 66.
  • 2005 The Black Crowes announce that they will end a two-year hiatus with a five-show run inNew York City in March.
  • 2005 The Nazareth CD and DVD Nazareth: Homecoming- The Greatest Hits Live In Glasgow (Collector's Edition) is released.
  • 2005 The Peter Cetera DVD Soundstage Presents: Peter Cetera With Special Guest Amy Grant is released.
  • 2005 The Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers DVD Soundstage Presents: Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers is released.
  • 2006 The third album from the Strokes, titled First Impressions Of Earth, debuts at Number Four on the Billboard 200 album chart with sales of 88,000 copies in its first week of release.
  • 2007 My Chemical Romance guitarist Frank Iero abruptly returns home to theU.S. from a Japanese tour when he is felled by a sinus infection.
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