Rabbi's On This Day: Friday, January 25, 2013
Posted 1/25/2013 12:00:00 PM

Friday, January 25, 2013


  • Mia Kirshner (actress, The L Word, Not Another Teen Movie) (38)
  • Tobe Hooper (director, Poltergeist, the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Toolbox Murders, Salem's Lot) (70)
  • Terry Chimes (former drummer, the Clash) (57 disputed 58)
  • Ana Ortiz (actress, Ugly Betty) (32)
  • Alicia Keys (R&B singer-songwriter/actress) (32)
  • Gregory Sierra (actor, Sanford And Son, Barney Miller, Honey, I Blew Up The Kid, Hot Shots! Part Deux, A Low Down Dirty Shame) (72)


  • 1890, reporter Nellie Bly of the New York World returned home after she completed a round-the-world journey in 72 days, 6 hours, and 11 minutes.
  • 1890, the United Mine Workers Of America was founded.
  • 1915, telephone inventor Alexander Graham Bell inaugurated U.S. transcontinental phone service.
  • 1924, the first Winter Olympics were held inChamonix,France.
  • 1947 Al Capone, Chicago gangster and Elliot Ness nemesis, dies at age 48.
  • 1949 The first Emmy Awards are presented.
  • 1957, The Tonight Show, with host Steve Allen, aired for the last time on NBC.
  • 1961, President John F. Kennedy held the first presidential news conference carried live on radio and TV.
  • 1964, the Beatles hit Number One on the pop chart with "I Want To Hold Your Hand."
  • 1969 "Proud Mary" by Creedence Clearwater Revival is released.
  • 1970 The movie Patton, starring George C. Scott and Karl Malden, opens.
  • 1970, Robert Altman's movie M*A*S*H premiered inNew York City.
  • 1971 Jefferson Airplane singer Grace Slick gives birth to a daughter by husband and Airplane guitarist Paul Kantner. They originally name the baby god, before settling on China Kantner.
  • 1971, Charles Manson and three female members of his "family" followers were found guilty of one count of conspiracy and seven counts in the first degree to commit the brutal 1969 murders of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six others. They were sentenced to death, but when the California Supreme Court abolished the death penalty in 1972, their sentences were reduced to life imprisonment.
  • 1975 "Free Bird" by Lynyrd Skynyrd peaks at Number 19 on the pop chart.
  • 1980, Paul McCartney was released from a Tokyo jail where he'd been imprisoned for 10 days after trying to carry a half-pound of marijuana through customs at the Tokyo airport.
  • 1981 After being held hostage for 444 days inIran, 52 Americans finally arrive home.
  • 1984 AC/DC's Flick Of The Switch is certified gold.
  • 1986 "My Hometown" by Bruce Springsteen peaks at Number Six on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1986 "Talk To Me" by Stevie Nicks peaks at Number Four on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1986 "Walk Of Life" by Dire Straits peaks at Number Seven on the pop chart.
  • 1992 "Mysterious Ways" by U2 peaks at Number Nine on the pop chart.
  • 1993, President Bill Clinton appointed his wife Hillary to lead a health-care reform committee.
  • 1994 After being accused of molesting a 13-year-old boy, Michael Jackson settles a civil lawsuit out of court. The alleged victim and his family are rumored to reap millions. Prosecutors later drop all charges.
  • 1994 The Meat Puppets release their commercial breakthrough album, Too High To Die.
  • 1996 In Rolling Stone magazine's annual Reader's Poll, Live is named Artist Of The Year, while Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness by Smashing Pumpkins earns Album Of The Year.
  • 1997 After falling to Number Two the week prior, Soundgarden's "Blow Up The Outside World" regains the top spot on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
  • 1999 The Blair Witch Project is shown for the first time at the Sundance Film Festival.
  • 2005 Former Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin's new solo project, the Jimmy Chamberlin Complex, issues its debut album, titled Life Begins Again.
  • 2005 The Metallica DVD Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster is released.
  • 2006 Metallica performs at a private party at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, following the premiere of the movie The Darwin Awards.
  • 2006 Motley Crue gets a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.
  • 2006 Seattle grunge act Candlebox announces that they are reuniting for a three-month summer tour.
  • 2007 Nickelback makes Forbes magazine's list of the Top 10 moneymakers in the music business, landing at Number Nine with earnings in 2006 of $74.1 million. Other rock acts on the list include the Rolling Stones, who are Number One for the second year in a row with a take of $150.6 million, Bon Jovi at Number Eight with $77.5 million, and the Dave Matthews Band at Number 10 with $60.4 million.
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