Rabbi's On This Day: Sunday, January 13, 2013
Posted 1/13/2013 12:00:00 PM

Sunday, January 13, 2013


  • Patrick Dempsey (actor, Grey's Anatomy, Made of Honor, Sweet Home Alabama) (47)
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus (actress, Elaine Benes of Seinfeld, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Veep) (52)
  • Richard Moll (actor, Night Court's Bull Shannon) (70)
  • Rip Taylor (comedian and game show host) (79)
  • Orlando Bloom (actor, the Lord Of The Rings movies' Legolas, Black Hawk Down, Troy, the Pirates Of The Caribbean movies) (36)
  • Penelope Ann Miller (actress, Carlito's Way, The Freshman, Awakenings, Kindergarten Cop, Along Came A Spider, The Artist) (49)
  • William B. Davis (actor, the "Smoking Man" on The X-Files) (75)
  • Trevor Rabin (film composer, former guitarist, Yes) (59)
  • William Hung (American Idol reject) (30)
  • Liam Hemsworth (actor, The Last Song, brother of actor Chris Hemsworth) (23)
  • Michael Pena (actor, Tower Heist, Crash, The Lincoln Lawyer, Observe and Report, 30 Minutes or Less) (37)
  • Jason James (bassist, Bullet For My Valentine) (32)


  • 1919 Actor Robert Stack (actor, The Untouchables, Airplane!, Caddyshack II) is born. He dies in 2003.
  • 1939 The movie Son Of Frankenstein, starring Basil Rathbone, Boris Karloff, and Bela Lugosi, opens.
  • 1941 Author James Joyce (Ulysses) dies at age 58.
  • 1957, the Wham-O Company developed the first Frisbee after a company rep saw students throwing Frisbee Pie Company tie pins in the air.
  • 1962, "The Twist" by Chubby Checker hits Number One again, over a year after it first reached the top of the chart. The only other song ever to do this was Bing Crosby's "White Christmas."
  • 1966, Elizabeth Montgomery's Bewitched character, Samantha Stevens, had a baby girl named Tabitha.
  • 1966, Robert C. Weaver became the first black Cabinet member when President Lyndon Johnson appointed him Secretary Of Housing And Urban Development.
  • 1968 "Foxy Lady" by the Jimi Hendrix Experience peaks at Number 67 on the pop chart.
  • 1968, pro hockey's Minnesota North Stars center Bill Masterton was fatally injured when he was checked into the boards during a game and fell heavily to the ice.
  • 1973 "Living In The Past" by Jethro Tull peaks at Number 11 on the pop chart.
  • 1978 The Police begin recording their debut album.
  • 1979 "Bicycle Race" b/w "Fat Bottomed Girls" by Queen peaks at Number 24 on the pop chart.
  • 1979, the YMCA filed a libel suit against the disco group the Village People for their "YMCA" hit single. The suit was later dropped.
  • 1982, an Air Florida 737 taking off from Washington, D.C.'s National Airport in a snowstorm crashed into the 14th Street Bridge and fell into the Potomac River, killing 78 people.
  • 1986 Former members of the Sex Pistols sue ex-manager Malcolm McLaren for one million British pounds in unpaid royalties. The case is settled out of court.
  • 1990, Virginia's L. Douglas Wilder was sworn in as the first elected black governor.
  • 1992, Japan acknowledged and apologized for forcing tens of thousands of Korean women to serve as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during World War Two.
  • 1994, figure skater Tonya Harding's bodyguard, Shawn Eckardt, was arrested and charged with conspiracy in connection with a knee-bashing attack on rival skater Nancy Kerrigan. Eckardt fingered Harding and her then-husband, Jeff Gillooly, for planning and covering up the attack.
  • 1995 R.E.M. plays its first full electric concert in more than five years inPerth,Australia.
  • 2001 Foo Fighters, R.E.M., and Beck, among others, perform atBrazil's massive Rock In Rio festival.
  • 2002, President George W. Bush fainted after choking on a pretzel in the White House living quarters.
  • 2003 Pamela Anderson and her ex-husband, former Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, file a custody settlement with Los Angeles Superior Court over the couples' two sons, Brandon and Dylan.
  • 2003 Pete Townshend of the Who is arrested at hisLondon home and questioned as part of an ongoing investigation into child pornography. He's never formally charged, but after he admits that he had used his credit card to visit a kiddie porn site, Townshend is given a formal warning and his name is listed on Britain's national sex offenders register for five years "as a routine part of the cautioning process."
  • 2003 The Osbournes -- Kelly, Jack, Ozzy, and Sharon -- host the 30th annual American Music Awards.
  • 2005 Incubus announces that it will donate $100,000 through its Make Yourself Foundation to the American Red Cross Tsunami Relief Fund.
  • 2005 Kid Rock is reportedly "uninvited" to perform as part of the festivities surrounding the second inauguration of George W. Bush. Although Rock was scheduled to appear at a youth concert organized by first daughters Jenna and Barbara Bush, conservative and "pro-family" groups were outraged that Rock, known for his raunchy lyrics, was going to perform.
  • 2005 Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic is the keynote speaker during Grammy Career Day at the University Of Puget Sound Concert Hall inTacoma,Washington.
  • 2008 Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder wins a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song for "Guaranteed" from the soundtrack of the movie Into the Wild.
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