Rabbi's On This Day: Sunday, January 20, 2013
Posted 1/20/2013 12:00:00 PM

Sunday, January 20, 2013


  • Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, Jr. (former astronaut, the second man on the moon) (83)
  • Arte Johnson (actor, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, Love At First Bite) (84)
  • Lorenzo Lamas (actor, Arlene Dahl's and Fernando Lamas' son) (55)
  • David Lynch (director-writer-producer, Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks, Mulholland Dr.) (67)
  • Bill Maher (comedian, host of HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher) (57)
  • Melissa Rivers (producer/commentator for E!; daughter of Joan Rivers) (45)
  • Skeet Ulrich (actor, Jericho, As Good As It Gets, Scream) (43)
  • Rainn Wilson (actor, Dwight on The Office) (47)
  • James Denton (actor, Desperate Housewives) (50)
  • Paul Stanley (singer-guitarist, Kiss) (61)
  • Eric Stewart (singer-guitarist, 10cc) (68)
  • Ian Hill (bassist, Judas Priest) (62)
  • Tracii Guns (guitarist, L.A. Guns, the Brides Of Destruction) (47)
  • Rob Bourdon (drummer, Linkin Park) (34)
  • Rudy Boesch (contestant, Survivor) (85)
  • Sid Wilson (DJ, Slipknot) (36)
  • Greg Kriesel (bassist, the Offspring) (48)
  • Matt Tuck (lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist, Bullet For My Valentine) (33)


  • 1896, Comedian George Burns is born. He dies in 1996.
  • 1900 Actor Colin Clive (Dr. Frankenstein in the 1931 Frankenstein) is born. He dies in 1937.
  • 1920, Actor DeForest Kelley (Star Trek's Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy) is born. He dies in 1999.
  • 1937 Franklin D. Roosevelt starts his second presidential term by becoming the first person to be inaugurated on January 20th, instead of March 4th, as per the 20th Amendment to the Constitution.
  • 1945, President Franklin Roosevelt was sworn in for an unprecedented fourth term.
  • 1946 President Harry S. Truman establishes the Central Intelligence Group, later to become the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
  • 1964 Meet The Beatles! by the Beatles is released.
  • 1965, DJ Alan Freed, who coined the phrase "rock-and-roll" to describe the music he was playing on his radio show, dies at age 42.
  • 1973 New lead guitarist Ace Frehley designs the Kiss logo.
  • 1981 Ronald Reagan is sworn in as president of theUnited States.
  • 1982 AC/DC's For Those About To Rock is certified platinum.
  • 1982, Ozzy Osbourne is hospitalized inDes Moines,Iowa, after biting the head off a dead bat thrown at him during a concert. Osbourne thought it was plastic. He is later forced to endure rabies shots.
  • 1984 Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen marries Patty Marsh.
  • 1984, Actor Johnny Weissmuller (he played Tarzan and Jungle Jim) dies at age 79.
  • 1986, The U.S. observed the first federal holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • 1987 The Cure asks radio stations to refrain from playing their song "Killing An Arab." They plan to put stickers on their album explaining that the song is against violence.
  • 1990 Roseanne and Tom Arnold are married. They have since divorced.
  • 1990, Actress Barbara Stanwyck (Double Indemnity, The Big Valley, The Thorn Birds, Dynasty, The Colbys) dies at age 82.
  • 1993 Bill Clinton is sworn in as president of theUnited States.
  • 1993 Soundgarden's Badmotorfinger album is certified platinum.
  • 1993, Actress Audrey Hepburn (Roman Holiday, Sabrina, Breakfast At Tiffany's, My Fair Lady) dies at age 63.
  • 1995 Green Day's major label debut, Dookie, is certified five times platinum for selling five million copies.
  • 1998 Jane's Addiction's Nothing's Shocking album, which was released in 988, is certified platinum a decade later.
  • 1998 The angst-ridden TV drama Dawson's Creek premieres on the WB Network.
  • 2001 George W. Bush is sworn in as the 43rd president of theUnited States.
  • 2004 Cold denies rumors that they are breaking up after the defection of guitarist Terry Balsamo to Evanescence, and frontman Scooter Ward refutes Evanescence singer Amy Lee's assertions that he has been in and out of rehab.
  • 2005 3 Doors Down plays at the Recording Industry Association Of America's presidential inauguration party inWashington,D.C.
  • 2005 George W. Bush is sworn in for his second term as president of theUnited States.
  • 2009 Coldplay earns four nominations for the 2009 Brit Awards, including best British group, best British live act, best British album and best British single.
  • 2009 Democratic Senator Barack Obama fromIllinois is inaugurated as the 44th President of theUnited States, the first African-American to hold the office.
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