Rabbi's On This Day: Thursday, January 17, 2013
Posted 1/17/2013 12:00:00 PM

Thursday, January 17, 2013


  • Muhammad Ali (legendary heavyweight boxer) (71)
  • Jim Carrey (actor-comedian, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Dumb & Dumber, Fun With Dick And Jane, The Truman Show, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Bruce Almighty) (51)
  • Steve Harvey (actor-comedian, The Steve Harvey Show, Johnson Family Vacation) (56, disputed)
  • Maury Povich (talk show host; husband of Connie Chung) (74)
  • James Earl Jones (actor, Field Of Dreams, the voice of Darth Vader, the voice of King Mufasa in The Lion King) (82)
  • Betty White (actress, The Proposal, Hot in Cleveland, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Golden Girls) (91)
  • Zooey Deschanel (actress, New Girl, Elf, Almost Famous, Tim Man, 500 Days of Summer) (33)
  • Naveen Andrews (actor, Sayid on Lost, The English Patient) (44)
  • Kid Rock (rapper/rocker/singer, real name Robert Ritchie) (42)
  • Mick Taylor (former guitarist, the Rolling Stones) (64)
  • Paul Young (singer, "Every Time You Go Away") (57)
  • Ray J (singer) (32)
  • Dwayne Wade (basketball star) (31)
  • Maksim Chmerkovskiy (professional dancer, Dancing With The Stars) (33)
  • Michelle Obama (First Lady of theUnited States) (49)
  • Freddy Rodriguez (actor, Ugly Betty, Six Feet Under, Planet Terror) (38)
  • Andy Rourke (bassist, the Smiths) (49)


  • 1706 Benjamin Franklin is born. He dies in 1790.
  • 1871, the first cable car was patented by Andrew S. Hallidie. It began service inSan Francisco two years later.
  • 1893, Hawaii's monarchy was overthrown when U.S. businessmen and sugar planters forced Queen Liliuokalani to abdicate.
  • 1899 Chicago gangster Al Capone is born. He dies in 1947.
  • 1926, George Burns married Gracie Allen.
  • 1945, Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, credited with saving tens of thousands of Jews from the Nazis, disappeared while in Soviet custody.
  • 1949 Actor-comedian Andy Kaufman (Saturday Night Live, Taxi) is born. He dies in 1984.
  • 1961, in his farewell address, President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned against the rise of the "military-industrial complex."
  • 1969 Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin is released.
  • 1969 Yellow Submarine by the Beatles is released. That same day, the band finishes shooting the footage for what becomes the Let It Be movie.
  • 1970 "Cold Turkey" by John Lennon peaks at Number 30 on the pop chart.
  • 1970 The Doors play the first of a two-night stand at the Felt Forum in New York City. Both shows are recorded, and the Absolutely Live album features selected tracks.
  • 1973 Ace Frehley auditions for a second time, and is hired, as the lead guitarist in Kiss.
  • 1975 Talking Heads rehearse for the first time in their downtownNew York City loft after relocating fromRhode Island.
  • 1975, the TV crime drama Baretta, starring Robert Blake, debuted.
  • 1976 "Over My Head" by Fleetwood Mac peaks at Number 20 on the pop chart.
  • 1977, convicted murderer Gary Gilmore was killed by a Utah firing squad, becoming the first person executed in America in a decade.
  • 1981 "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da" by the Police peaks at Number 10 on the pop chart.
  • 1990 At the fifth annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony, the Who is inducted by U2 bassist Adam Clayton.
  • 1994, The Northridge Earthquake, measuring 6.7 on the Richter Scale, hits Southern California, killing at least 61 people and causing $20 billion worth of damage.
  • 1995, more than 6,000 people were killed when an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 devastated the city ofKobe,Japan.
  • 1996 At the 11th annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony, Pink Floyd is inducted by Smashing Pumpkins leader Billy Corgan.
  • 1996, Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman, a blind Egyptian Islamic cleric, was sentenced in federal court in New York City to life in jail after being convicted of plotting bombings and assassinations.
  • 1997, the NBA suspended Dennis Rodman indefinitely and fined him $25,000 for kicking a cameraman.
  • 1998, President Clinton gave a deposition in Paula Jones's sexual harassment lawsuit against him. During the nearly six hours of sworn testimony, Clinton denied having a sexual relationship with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
  • 2001 Kid Rock begins his first tour without longtime cohort Joe C., who died the previous November.
  • 2004 U2 lead singer Bono is saluted by the family of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for his efforts on behalf of Third World debt relief and AIDS relief for Africa at the 2004 King Center Salute To Greatness awards dinner inAtlanta.
  • 2005 Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, Queens Of The Stone Age founder Josh Homme, Beck, and Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder are among the artists who participate in aLos Angeles benefit to raise money for tsunami relief efforts.
  • 2006 Ozzy Osbourne/Black Label Society guitarist Zakk Wylde is inducted into Hollywood's RockWalk. Attendees include members of Velvet Revolver, Metallica, the Rob Zombie band, Pantera and Alice In Chains, plus baseball players and wrestlers.
  • 2007 Guns N' Roses/Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash and heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio are inducted intoHollywood's RockWalk.
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