Rabbi's On This Day: Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Posted 1/15/2013 12:00:00 PM

Tuesday, January 15, 2013


  • Andrea Martin (actress-comedienne, formerly of Second City TV, Innerspace, Wag The Dog, My Big Fat Greek Wedding) (66)
  • Mario Van Peebles (actor, New Jack City, Ali, The Hebrew Hammer) (56)
  • Chad Lowe (actor; ex-husband of Hilary Swank) (45)
  • Regina King (actress, Boyz N The Hood, Jerry Maguire, Ray, Daddy Day Care, Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde) (42)
  • Martha Davis (lead singer, the Motels) (62)
  • Phyllis Coates (actress, the original Lois Lane on the Adventures Of Superman TV show) (86)
  • Lisa Lisa (Lisa Velez) (member of Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam) (47, disputed)
  • Howie Day (singer) (32)
  • Eddie Cahill (actor, CSI: NY's Detective Don Flack, Miracle) (35)
  • Adam Jones (guitarist, Tool) (48)


  • 1535, King Henry VIII declared himself head of the Church Of England.
  • 1861, the steam elevator was patented by Elisha Otis.
  • 1870, the Democratic Party was represented as a donkey for the first time in a Thomas Nast cartoon in Harper's Weekly.
  • 1892, the rules of basketball, a game that had been invented by James Naismith about a month earlier, were published for the first time, in a YMCA publication.
  • 1913 Actor Lloyd Bridges (High Noon, Sea Hunt, Airplane I and II, Hot Shots I and II; father of Beau and Jeff Bridges) is born. He dies in 1998.
  • 1929, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born. He was assassinated in 1969 at the age of 39.
  • 1943, work was completed on the Pentagon, the headquarters of the U.S. Defense Department, inArlington,Virginia. At the time, it was constructed as a military hospital.
  • 1948 Lynyrd Skynyrd lead singer Ronnie Van Zant is born. He dies in 1977.
  • 1967, the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League defeated the Kansas City Chiefs of the American Football League 35-10 in the first Super Bowl.
  • 1967, the Rolling Stones appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, but were forced to change the lyrics of their single "Let's Spend The Night Together" to "Let's Spend Some Time Together" because of CBS censors.
  • 1972, Don McLean's classic song "American Pie" peaked at Number One on the pop singles chart.
  • 1973, President Richard Nixon announced the suspension of all American offensive action inNorth Vietnam, citing progress in peace negotiations.
  • 1974, experts determined that the 18-minute gap on one of the Watergate tapes was due to five different erasures.
  • 1974, the 1950s-inspired sitcom Happy Days began an 11-year run on ABC.
  • 1975, the roller-coaster rideSpaceMountain opened atDisneyland.
  • 1976, Sara Jane Moore was sentenced to life in prison for her attempt on the life of President Gerald Ford inSan Francisco.
  • 1981, the groundbreaking TV crime drama Hill Street Blues debuted on NBC.
  • 1983 Coda by Led Zeppelin peaks at Number Six on the album chart, where it stays for three weeks.
  • 1987 Actor Ray Bolger (The Wizard Of Oz's Scarecrow) dies at age 83.
  • 1988, sports odds guru Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder made racially-tinged remarks about black athletes during a TV interview, and was fired by CBS the next day. During the interview, Snyder said blacks were better athletes than whites, and that was because, during slavery, "the slave owner would breed his big black with his big woman so that he would have a big black kid... That's where it all started." He also said that if blacks "take over coaching jobs like everybody wants them to, there's not going to be anything left for the white people."
  • 1992 Longtime Elton John bassist Dee Murray dies inNashville.
  • 1992, the Yugoslav federation, founded in 1918, effectively collapsed as the European Community recognized the republics ofCroatia andSlovenia.
  • 1994 Singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson ("Everybody's Talking," "Without You") dies at age 52.
  • 1999 The film Varsity Blues opens nationwide.
  • 2001 Sting is honored by the government of Chile for his role in promoting human rights in the country during the dictatorial reign of General Augusto Pinochet from 1973 to 1990.
  • 2001 The remaining members of Rage Against The Machine, following the departure of singer Zach De La Rocha, confirm that they will continue to play music together, possibly with a new singer.
  • 2002 Former Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell signs with Roadrunner Records to release his second solo album, Degradation Trip.
  • 2002 James Brown and Tomi Rae Hynie are married. Brown's representatives have maintained that the marriage is invalid, since she was still legally married to another man at the time, though Hynie continues to deny it.
  • 2003 Lou Rawls is arrested for battery inAlbuquerque,New Mexico
  • 2003 Metallica sues a Canadian punk rock group who call themselves Metallica as a publicity stunt.
  • 2007 The White Stripes and frontman Jack White's other band, the Raconteurs, officially become free agents due to the closing of their record label, V2 Records.
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