Rabbi's On This Day: Monday, January 28, 2013
Posted 1/28/2013 12:00:00 PM
Monday, January 28, 2013
  • Elijah Wood (actor, The Ice Storm, Deep Impact, "Frodo Baggins" in the Lord Of The Rings movies and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Sin City, Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over) (32)
  • Nick Carter (Backstreet Boy)(33)
  • Joey Fatone (member of *NSYNC) (36)
  • Mo Rocca (correspondent on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart & contributor, CBS' Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood) (44)
  • Mikhail Baryshnikov (actor-dancer, White Nights, Sex And The City) (65)
  • Karen Lynn Gorney (actress, Saturday Night Fever) (68)
  • Alan Alda (actor, M*A*S*H, The Four Seasons, Betsy's Wedding, Murder At 1600, What Women Want; son of Robert Alda) (77)
  • Sarah McLachlan(singer) (45)
  • Nicolas Sarkozy(former president of France) (58)
  • Ariel Winter (actress, Alex Dunphy on Modern Family) (15)
  • Frank Darabont (director, The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, The Mist, The Walking Dead) (54)
  • Dan Spitz (ex-guitarist, Anthrax) (50)
  • Dave Sharp (guitarist, the Alarm) (54)


  • 1910, actor John Banner, Sgt. Schultz of TV's Hogan's Heroes, was born. He died on his birthday, January 28th, 1973, at age 63.
  • 1912, artist Jackson Pollock was born. He died in 1956.
  • 1915, The Coast Guard is created by an act of Congress.
  • 1916, Louis D. Brandeis was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Woodrow Wilson, becoming the Court's first Jewish member.
  • 1932 The first U.S. state unemployment insurance act is enacted in Wisconsin.
  • 1959, Vince Lombardi was named head coach of the Green Bay Packers football team. During his nine years leading the team, the Packers dominated professional football, winning six division titles, five NFL championships, and the first two Super Bowls. Nine years to the day after he was hired, in 1968, Lombardi resigned as coach, but stayed on as general manager.
  • 1969, The Beatles recorded the studio version of "Get Back."
  • 1970 Jimi Hendrix & the Band Of Gypsies play the Winter Festival For Peace benefit concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City. In the middle of the second song, "Earth Blues," Hendrix tells the audience, "I'm sorry, we just can't get it together," and walks off stage.
  • 1978 "Slip Slidin' Away" by Paul Simon peaks at Number Five on the pop chart.
  • 1978 "Short People" by Randy Newman peaks at Number Two on the pop chart, where it stays for three weeks.
  • 1978, Fantasy Island, starring Ricardo Montalban as the white-suited Mr. Roarke and Herve Villechaize as Tattoo ("Da plane, da plane"), premiered on ABC.
  • 1978 "Come Sail Away" by Styx peaks at Number Eight on the pop chart.
  • 1982, actors Danny DeVito (Taxi) and Rhea Perlman (Cheers) were married.
  • 1982 Kiss -- minus lead guitarist Ace Frehley, who doesn't show up -- lip-syncs the song "I" at Studio 54 in New York City for satellite transmission to the San Remo Music Festival in Italy. It's the only time in Kiss history that the band has appeared as a trio.
  • 1984, Wayne Gretzky's NHL record-setting consecutive game scoring streak ended at 51 games.
  • 1984 "I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues" by Elton John, with Stevie Wonder on harmonica, peaks at Number Four on the pop chart.
  • 1984 "I Will Follow" by U2 peaks at Number 81 on the pop chart.
  • 1985 "We Are The World" by USA For Africa is recorded by artists including Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Diana Ross, Bette Midler, Cyndi Lauper, Willie Nelson, Michael Jackson, and Stevie Wonder, among others
  • 1986, At 11:39 A.M. ET, the U.S. space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, Florida, killing all seven crew members on board: flight commander Francis Scobee; pilot Michael Smith; Ronald McNair; Ellison Onizuka; Judith Resnik; Gregory Jarvis; and schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe, who was to have been the first civilian in space. The cause was found to be failure of a booster rocket seal due to the cold weather. This seal failure caused a leak of fuel from the rocket, and the fuel was ignited.
  • 1991, NFL Hall Of Famer and sportscaster Harold "Red" Grange, the "Galloping Ghost" who was largely responsible for making pro football a popular American sport, died. He was 87.
  • 1991 Rolling Stone magazine obtains court papers revealing that the marriage of Guns N' Roses singer Axl Rose and Erin Everly has been annulled.
  • 1995 The video for the Van Halen song "Amsterdam" is shot in Amsterdam.
  • 1997 Beck's Odelay album is certified platinum.
  • 1998, Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel died at age 83.
  • 1999, then-Missouri Governor Mel Carnahan honored a personal request for mercy from Pope John Paul II, sparing triple-murderer Darrell Measefrom being executed.
  • 1998 Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine becomes a parent for the second time when his wife, Pam, gives birth to a girl. The couple already have a son.
  • 2001 Van Halen confirms that they have parted with Warner Bros. Records, the only label they have ever recorded for, after 23 years.
  • 2002 Courtney Love is allowed by a Court Of Appeals to challenge a California labor code in her legal dispute with the Universal Music Group.
  • 2002 More than 600 people line up to audition for the vacant guitarist spot in Limp Bizkit at the Guitar Center store in Long Island City, New York.
  • 2003 Zwan, the band formed by singer-guitarist Billy Corgan following the demise of the Smashing Pumpkins, release their debut album, Mary, Star Of The Sea. Corgan breaks up the band later that year.
  • 2003, President George W. Bush delivered the State Of The Union address, pressing for war and making the case that Saddam Hussein was a threat to the U.S. A claim made in the speech that Iraq was trying to get uranium from Africa for nuclear weapons later became a point of contention, after it was discredited.
  • 2005 Traffic drummer and lyricist Jim Capaldi dies at the age of 60.
  • 2005 Former Nickelback drummer Ryan Vikedal lashes out at his ex-bandmates over his dismissal in an interview with Canada's Edmonton Sun, telling the newspaper that he feels "betrayed."
  • 2006 Avenged Sevenfold spends some time at Bolling BX Air Force Base in Washington, D.C., where they sign autographs for U.S. military personnel. 2008 Two people are injured during a Rage Against The Machine performance at an Australian festival when thousands of concertgoers surge toward the stage.
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