Rabbi's On This Day: Thursday, January 24, 2013
Posted 1/24/2013 12:00:00 PM

Thursday, January 24, 2013


  • Neil Diamond (singer and songwriter) (72)
  • Mary Lou Retton (Olympic gold-medal-winning gymnast) (45)
  • Aaron Neville (singer, of the Neville Brothers) (72)
  • Michael Ontkean (actor, The Rookies, Slap Shot, Twin Peaks) (67)
  • Mischa Barton (actress, Notting Hill, The Sixth Sense, Once And Again, The O.C.) (27)
  • Tatyana Ali (singer-actress, The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, Kiss The Girls, Jawbreaker, The Brothers) (34)
  • Nastassja Kinski (actress, Tess, Paris, Texas, Cat People) (52)
  • Phil LaMarr (actor, Mad TV, Pulp Fiction; also does many cartoon and video game voices) (46)
  • Matthew Lillard (actor, SCL Punk, Scream, She's All That, Summer Catch, Scooby-Doo, The Descendants) (43)
  • Ed Helms (actor, The Office, The Hangover, The Hangover II) (39)
  • John Myung (bassist, Dream Theater) (46)


  • 1848, James W. Marshall discovered a gold nugget while helping build a sawmill north of San Francisco for John Sutter. The discovery led to the California Gold Rush of 1849.
  • 1908, the first Boy Scout troop was organized in England by Robert Baden-Powell.
  • 1917 Actor Ernest Borgnine (From Here To Eternity, The Dirty Dozen, The Wild Bunch, The Poseidon Adventure, Red; the voice of Mermaid Man on SpongeBob SquarePants) is born. He dies in 2012.
  • 1924, the Russian city of St. Petersburg was renamed Leningrad in honor of the late revolutionary leader Vladimir Lenin. Its name has since been changed back toSt. Petersburg.
  • 1940, actors Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman got married. They later divorced, and Reagan married actress Nancy Davis.
  • 1947 Warren Zevon is born. He dies in 2003.
  • 1949 Actor John Belushi (Saturday Night Live, The Blues Brothers) is born. He dies in 1992.
  • 1953, The Fight Of The Week, featuring boxing matches, debuted on ABC. It ran for 11 years.
  • 1972, local farmers in Guam discovered a Japanese sergeant who'd been in hiding for 28 years, unaware that World War II had ended.
  • 1975 Actor Larry Fine (The Three Stooges) dies at age 72.
  • 1976 The live version of "Rock And Roll All Nite" by Kiss peaks at Number 12 on the pop chart.
  • 1979 The Clash releases its first U.S. single, a cover of the Bobby Fuller Four's "I Fought The Law."
  • 1986 Author and Church Of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard (Dianetics, Battlefield Earth) dies at age 74.
  • 1989 Serial killer Ted Bundy is executed at age 42.
  • 1995 Balance by Van Halen is released.
  • 1996 Bush's debut album, Sixteen Stone, is certified triple platinum.
  • 1996 Metallica's live CD and video package Binge And Purge is certified five times platinum for sales of over five million copies.
  • 1996 Oasis's breakthrough disc, What's The Story (Morning Glory)? is certified platinum.
  • 1999, David Duval played a round of golf and shot a 59, tying the best score in PGA history and winning the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. The only other PGA players to reach 59 were Al Geiberger at the Memphis Classic in 1977 and Chip Beck at the 1991 Las Vegas Invitational.
  • 2001 Halle Berry and Eric Benet are married. They have since divorced.
  • 2004 Iron Maiden's performance at the Hammerstein Ballroom inNew York City is cut short when a fan throws his beer from the balcony, and it lands on the soundboard.
  • 2006 Actor Chris Penn (Rumble Fish, Footloose, Reservoir Dogs; brother of Sean Penn) dies at age 40.
  • 2006 P.O.D. releases its sixth album, called Testify, while pop-punk act Yellowcard issues its fourth effort, Lights And Sounds.
  • 2007 The debut album from American Idol's Chris Daughtry reaches Number One in its ninth week on the Billboard album chart, after debuting at Number Two the previous November.
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