Rabbi's On This Day: Saturday, January 19, 2013
Posted 1/19/2013 12:00:00 PM

Saturday, January 19, 2013

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS:

  • Desi Arnaz, Jr. (Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz's son, the baby who was on the cover of the first TV Guide) (60)
  • Phil Everly (Everly Brothers singer-songwriter) (74)
  • Robert MacNeil (former PBS newsman) (82)
  • Dolly Parton (country singer and actress) (67)
  • Katey Sagal (actress, Sons of Anarchy, Married With Children, the voice of Leela on Futurama and 8 Simple Rules) (59)
  • Jean Stapleton (actress, All In The Family/Archie Bunker's Place's Edith Bunker) (90)
  • Drea De Matteo (actress, The Sopranos, Joey, Desperate Housewives, Sons of Anarchy) (41, disputed)
  • Shawn Wayans (actor-comedian, In Living Color, The Wayans Brothers, Scary Movie, White Chicks) (42, disputed)
  • Tippi Hedren (actress, The Birds, mother of Melanie Griffith) (83)
  • Dewey Bunnell (singer-guitarist, America) (61, disputed)
  • Rod Evans (original lead singer, Deep Purple; "Hush," "Kentucky Woman") (66)
  • Martin Bashir (co-host, Nightline, and correspondent for 20/20) (50)
  • Shelley Fabares (singer, "Johnny Angel") (69)
  • Logan Lerman (actor, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, 3:10 to Yuma, The Three Musketeers, The Perks of Being a Wallflower) (21)
  • Whitfield Crane (former lead singer, Ugly Kid Joe; Another Animal) (45)
  • John Wozniak (singer-guitarist, Marcy Playground) (42)

ON THIS DAY:

  • 1807, Robert E. Lee, the future commander-in-chief of the Confederate Armies, is born.
  • 1809, Author and poet Edgar Allan Poe is born inBoston.  He dies in 1849.
  • 1840, Antarctica is discovered by the Charles Wilkes expedition.
  • 1861,Georgia secedes from theUnion.
  • 1932, "Shoeless" Joe Jackson, who was banned from baseball after the 1919 "Black Sox" game-fixing scandal, had his appeal for reinstatement denied by the commissioner, Judge Kennesaw Mountain Landis.
  • 1943, Singer-songwriter Janis Joplin is born inPort Arthur,Texas. She dies October 4th, 1970, at age 27 from a drug overdose.
  • 1949 Robert Palmer is born. He dies in 2003.
  • 1952, The Professional Golfers Association Tournament Committee voted to allow black golfers to compete in their tournaments.
  • 1955, President Dwight Eisenhower allowed a presidential news conference to be filmed for TV for the first time.
  • 1955, The game Scrabble hit the market.
  • 1966 Burgess Meredith appears as the Penguin for the first time on the Batman TV show.
  • 1971 "Helter Skelter" by the Beatles is played at the trial of Charles Manson.
  • 1971 Neil Young gives a solo performance at Massey Hall in Toronto, at which he debuts music from his Harvest album, including "Old Man," "The Needle And The Damage Done," and "Heart Of Gold." The show is recorded and will be released in March under the title Live At Massey Hall.
  • 1974 "Smokin' In The Boy's Room" by Brownsville Station peaks at Number Three on the pop chart.
  • 1974 A Bob Dylan and the Band concert inMiami causes a nine-mile-long traffic jam that keeps many ticket holders from the venue until the show is half over.
  • 1974 Muscle Of Love by Alice Cooper peaks at Number 10 on the album chart.
  • 1974, Notre Dame's basketball team ended UCLA's record 88-game winning streak, beating them 71-70.
  • 1976, The $20,000 Pyramid debuts on ABC.
  • 1977 Charlie Daniels and the Marshall Tucker Band play at Jimmy Carter's presidential inauguration.
  • 1977, In one of his final acts in office, President Gerald R. Ford pardoned Iva Toguri D'Aquino, an American who made propaganda broadcasts for Japan aimed at American troops as "Tokyo Rose" during World War II.
  • 1980 "Brass In Pocket" by the Pretenders hits Number One on theU.K. pop chart.
  • 1980 "Jane" by Jefferson Starship peaks at Number 14 on the pop chart.
  • 1980 The Wall by Pink Floyd hits Number One on the album chart, where it stays for 15 weeks.
  • 1983 Bassist Lamar Williams (the Allman Brothers Band, Sea Level) dies.
  • 1983 Long After Dark by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers peaks at Number Nine on the album chart, while "You Got Lucky" peaks at Number 20 on the pop chart.
  • 1985 "Born In The U.S.A." by Bruce Springsteen peaks at Number Nine on the pop chart.
  • 1985 "Run To You" by Bryan Adams peaks at Number Six on the pop chart.
  • 1985 "You're The Inspiration" by Chicago peaks at Number Three on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1985 Who drummer Zak Starkey and Sarah Menedikes are married.
  • 1985, Madonna's "Like A Virgin" tops the Billboard Hot 100.
  • 1986 Bruce Springsteen plays a benefit show inAsbury Park,New Jersey for laid-off workers from a 3M plant.
  • 1987, R&B/jazz musician David Sanborn releases his Change Of Heart album.
  • 1988 A Chicago music critic sues the Beastie Boys for half a million dollars, accusing them of breaking into hisHollywood hotel room while he slept, pouring water on him, and filming the prank for a video.
  • 1988, CBS debuts 48 Hours, a prime-time newsmagazine show.
  • 1989, President Ronald Reagan pardons Yankees owner George Steinbrenner for contributing illegal funds to Richard Nixon. It is one of Reagan's last actions before leaving office.
  • 1991 "You're Amazing" by Robert Palmer peaks at Number 28 on the pop chart on his 43rd birthday.
  • 1993 Fleetwood Mac reunites to perform at an inaugural gala for President Clinton.
  • 1994 At the ninth annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremonies, Elton John is inducted by Guns 'N' Roses leader W. Axl. Rose, while Bob Marley is inducted by U2 lead singer Bono.
  • 1994, The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inducts John Lennon, Duane Eddy, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Bob Marley, the late blues singer Willie Dixon, Johnny Otis, the Grateful Dead, the Band, and the Animals.
  • 1996, The films From Dusk Till Dawn, starring George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino, and Mr. Holland's Opus, starring Richard Dreyfuss, open nationwide.
  • 1997, Madonna is named Best Actress In A Musical Or Comedy for her role in Evita at the 54th annual Golden Globe Awards.
  • 1998, Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame rockabilly singer Carl Perkins dies at age 65.
  • 2000 Geffen Records files suit in Los Angeles Superior Court against Hole singer Courtney Love and guitarist Eric Erlandson for breach of contract, claiming the group still owes the label five albums under its 1992 deal.
  • 2001 Carlos Santana unveils his new signature guitar at the NAMM music merchants convention inAnaheim,California.
  • 2001 REO Speedwagon is honored inChampaign,Illinois, as a section ofMain Street is being renamedREO Speedwagon Way. In addition, both the mayor ofChampaign and the governor ofIllinois have declared it "REO Speedwagon Day."
  • 2001 Shock-rocker Marilyn Manson and actress Rose McGowan split up after a three-year relationship and two-year engagement.
  • 2001, In a deal sparing himself possible indictment, President Clinton acknowledged for the first time making false statements under oath about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky. He also surrendered his law license for five years.
  • 2003 Metallica surprises fans with a performance in the parking lot of Network Associates Coliseum inOakland,California, where the hometown Raiders beat the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Championship Game to advance to the Super Bowl.
  • 2003 U2's "The Hands That Built America," from the soundtrack for Gangs Of New York, wins a Golden Globe Award as Best Original Song From A Film.
  • 2004 Former Judas Priest drummer Dave Holland reveals in a British courtroom that he is bisexual. The 55-year-oldHolland is answering charges that he attempted to rape a 17-year-old boy with learning difficulties while giving him drum lessons.
  • 2005 Singer-harmonica player Southside Johnny and Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford make surprise appearances at The Cutting Room in New York City with the N.Y.C. HitSquad, which includes singer-guitarist Ricky Byrd from Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, drummer Liberty Devitto and sax player Richie Cannata from Billy Joel's band, and ex-Deep Purple and Rainbow singer Joe Lynn Turner, among others. Whitford and Johnny join the band for versions of Chuck Berry's "Little Queenie," Little Richard's "Keep A Knockin'" -- which featured a slight detour into the Jeff Beck Group's version of the blues standard "Going Down" -- and the show closer of Wilson Pickett's "634-5789 (Soulsville, U.S.A.)." Folk-pop-jazz singer Phoebe Snow is also a special guest at the show, taking lead vocals on Sam Cooke's "Bring It On Home To Me" and joining in on "634-5789."
  • 2005 The driver of a Dave Matthews Band tour bus is charged with reckless conduct for illegally dumping 800 pounds of raw sewage waste onto passengers of aChicago sightseeing boat the previous August.
  • 2005 ZZ Top, Ted Nugent, Lyle Lovett, and Robert Earl Keen are among the performers in Washington, D.C., at the state of Texas's Black Tie & Boots Ball as part of President George W. Bush's inaugural week festivities.
  • 2006 Aerosmith is featured on the Today show.
  • 2006 The surviving members of Alice In Chains confirm that William DuVall, a member of guitarist Jerry Cantrell's touring band, will sing lead vocals for them on an upcoming episode of VH1 Classic's Decades Rock Live!.
  • 2006 The Syn shoots a concert DVD at the Somerville Theatre inSomerville,Massachusetts.
  • 2008 At an all-star gala benefit in Florida, then Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland hints -- truthfully as it turns out -- that his previous band, Stone Temple Pilots, will reunite in the coming months.
  • 2011 Cake scores the first Number One debut of its career on the Billboard album chart with its first album in six years, Showroom Of Compassion. But the record also has the dubious honor of the lowest first-week sales in SoundScan history, as well as the lowest ever by a chart-topping record, with just 44,000 copies sold.
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