Rabbi's On This Day: Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Posted 1/23/2013 12:00:00 PM

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


  • Richard Dean Anderson (actor, Stargate SG-1, MacGyver) (63)
  • Princess Caroline ofMonaco (56)
  • Gil Gerard (actor, played Buck Rogers in TV's Buck Rogers In The 25th Century) (70)
  • Mariska Hargitay (stars on Law And Order: Special Victims Unit, daughter of the late actress Jayne Mansfield) (49)
  • Gail O'Grady (played Donna Abandando on NYPD Blue) (50)
  • Chita Rivera (actress, singer, and dancer) (80)
  • Tiffani-Amber Thiessen (actress, starred in the TV shows Saved By The Bell and Beverly Hills 90210, Fastlane, Good Morning, Miami) (39)
  • Rutger Hauer (actor, the original Hitcher, Nighthawks, Blade Runner, Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind, Batman Begins) (69)
  • Sonny Chiba (Japanese martial-arts legend, appeared in Kill Bill as Hatori Hanzo) (74)
  • Robin Zander (lead singer-guitarist, Cheap Trick) (60)
  • Tito Ortiz (ultimate fighting champ, Celebrity Apprentice contestant) (38)


  • 1789,GeorgetownUniversity was established in what is nowWashington,D.C.
  • 1845, a uniform day for presidential elections was established by an act of Congress. From then on, all national elections would be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.
  • 1849, English-born Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman inAmerica to receive a medical degree, from the Medical Institution of Geneva, New York.
  • 1933, the 20th Amendment was ratified to change the date of presidential inaugurations to January 20 from March 4.
  • 1964, the 24th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, eliminating the poll tax in federal elections.
  • 1968, North Korea seized the U.S. Navy ship Pueblo, charging it had intruded into North Korean territorial waters on a spying mission. One crew member was killed in the takeover. The other 82 crewmen, including the commander, were released 11 months later, after theU.S. signed an apology that it said was untrue.
  • 1973, President Richard Nixon announced an accord had been reached to end the Vietnam War.
  • 1975, the TV sitcom Barney Miller debuted.
  • 1976 The Easy Cure, who later become the Cure, rehearses for the first time in a church hall inCrawley,England.
  • 1977, the mini-series Roots, based on the Alex Haley novel, began airing on ABC and became the most watched TV program in history up to that time.
  • 1979, Willie Mays was elected to baseball's Hall Of Fame in his first year of eligibility.
  • 1983, 27-year-old Bjorn Borg announced his retirement from tennis.
  • 1985 Van Halen's 1984 is certified quintuple platinum.
  • 1986 The first annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony is held in Cleveland. The honorees include performers Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Fats Domino, the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, and Elvis Presley.
  • 1988 "In God's Country" by U2 peaks at Number 44 on the pop chart.
  • 1988 Nirvana records a 10-song demo tape with "The Godfather Of Grunge," Seattle producer Jack Endino. Sub Pop Records co-president Jonathan Poneman hears the tape and offers to put out a Nirvana single, and they accept.
  • 1989 Artist Salvador Dali dies at age 84.
  • 1990 Slash, then guitarist for Guns N' Roses, swears on live television while accepting an American Music Award for his band. Viewers complain to ABC, leading the network to issue an apology.
  • 1990 The Cult's Sonic Temple album is certified platinum.
  • 1991 Megadeth's fourth album, Rust In Peace, is certified gold.
  • 1996 The Johnson City, Tennessee, city council withdraws permission for White Zombie to play there, due to several town residents complaining that the band advocates Satan worship.
  • 1997 The self-titled debut album from the Presidents Of The United States Of America is certified triple platinum.
  • 2002 John Walker Lindh, a U.S.-born Taliban fighter, is returned to theUnited States to face criminal charges that he'd conspired to kill fellow Americans.
  • 2002 Recording Artists Coalition members, including the Offspring's Dexter Holland, Matchbox Twenty's Paul Doucette, Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello, Don Henley, Sheryl Crow, and Beck appear at theCalifornia state capitol inSacramento to plead their case regarding a protective labor law that excludes recording artists.
  • 2002 Reporter Daniel Pearl is kidnapped -- and subsequently murdered -- inKarachi,Pakistan.
  • 2004 Actor Robert Keeshan (Captain Kangaroo) dies at age 76.
  • 2004 Former Judas Priest drummer Dave Holland is found guilty of attempting to rape a learning-disabled teenager, as well as five counts of indecent assault against the teen. He's currently in prison.
  • 2005 Tonight Show host Johnny Carson dies at age 79.
  • 2007 30 Seconds To Mars frontman Jared Leto's new movie, Chapter 27, receives its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Leto stars in the film as Mark David Chapman, the man who shot John Lennon to death. Leto reportedly gained 62 pounds for the role, becoming ill as a result.
  • 2007 Saliva releases its fourth major label album, called Blood Stained Love Story, while the Shins release their third album, titled Wincing The Night Away.
  • 2008 U2's concert film U2 3D opens at 55 IMAX theaters around North America. The movie was shot with state-of-the-art 3-D equipment at several concerts on the South American leg of the Irish quartet's 2005-2006 Vertigo tour.
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