Rabbi's On This Day: Tuesday, January 29, 2013
1/29/2013 12:00:00 PM
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
- Oprah Winfrey(superstar talk show host, actress, producer) (59)
- Edward Burns (actor, screenwriter, director, The Brothers McMullen, The Holiday, She's The One, Saving Private Ryan, 15 Minutes, One Missed Call) (45)
- Sara Gilbert (actress who played Darlene on TV's Roseanne, has a recurring role on The Big Bang Theory, 24) (38)
- Heather Graham (actress, The Hangover, Swingers, Boogie Nights, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me) (43)
- Greg Louganis(U.S. Olympic gold-medal winning diver) (53)
- Athina Roussel(the late Aristotle Onassis's granddaughter and the late Christina Onassis's daughter, the only living heir to the Onassis shipping fortune) (28)
- Tom Selleck (actor, Magnum, P.I., Three Men And A Baby) (68)
- Katharine Ross (actress, The Graduate, Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid, the original The Stepford Wives, Donnie Darko; wife of Sam Elliott) (69, disputed 73)
- Tommy Ramone (former drummer, the Ramones) (61, disputed)
- Nicholas Turturro (actor, NYPD Blue, World Trade Center; brother of John Turturro; cousin of Aida Turturro) (51)
- Amii Stewart(disco singer, "Knock On Wood") (57)
- Adam Lambert (singer, American Idol runner-up) (31)
- Isabel Lucas (actress, Transgformers: Revenge of the Fallen, The Pacific, Daybreakers) (28)
- Eddie Jackson (bassist, Queensryche) (52)
- Handsome Dick Manitoba (singer, the Dictators) (59)
ON THIS DAY:
- 1880 Actor-comedian W.C. Fields is born. He dies in 1946.
- 1886, the first successful gasoline-powered car, built by Karl-Friedrich Benz, was patented. Its top speed was 15 mph.
- 1918 John Forsythe (actor, the voice of Charlie on the Charlie's Angels TV series and movies, Dynasty) is born. He dies in 2010.
- 1933 German president von Hindenburg appoints Adolf Hitler as chancellor.
- 1958 Actors Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward were married.
- 1963 Poet Robert Frost died at age 88.
- 1964 The Beatles record a German-language version of their song "She Loves You" called "Sie Liebt Dich" in Paris.
- 1964 The movie Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb, starring Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn, Slim Pickens, and James Earl Jones, opened.
- 1966 "As Tears Go By" by the Rolling Stones peaks at Number Six on the pop chart.
- 1977 "Walk This Way" by Aerosmith peaks at Number 10 on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.
- 1977 Actor-comedian Freddie Prinze (Chico And The Man) died at age 22.
- 1979 Teenager Brenda Spencer took the rifle her father gave her for Christmas and used it to shoot into an elementary school across from her San Diego home. One adult and eight children were wounded, and two men lost their lives trying to protect the kids. When asked why she did it, she says, "Because I don't like Mondays." This inspires Bob Geldof to write "I Don't Like Mondays" for the Boomtown Rats.
- 1980 Actor-comedian Jimmy Durante died at age 86.
- 1992 Blues legend Willie Dixon died at age 76.
- 1993 President Bill Clinton orders the military to stop asking recruits about their sexual orientation, as the first step toward lifting the ban against homosexuals in the armed forces.
- 1994 Nirvana's "All Apologies" tops the Billboard Modern Rock chart.
- 1996 Korn's self-titled 1992 debut album is certified gold.
- 1997 311's self-titled third album is certified double platinum.
- 1998 A top tobacco company executive admits for the first time, under oath to Congress, that cigarettes are dangerous.
- 2001 Garbage files suit against Universal Music Group in California Superior Court, in order to end its relationship with the company. Garbage charges UMG with using "wrongful, monopolistic, and strong-arm tactics" to keep the multi-platinum band on its roster.
- 2002 The Concert For New York DVD is released.
- 2002 Linkin Park kicks off its first Projekt Revolution tour, which also features Cypress Hill, Adema, and DJ Z-Trip, in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
- 2002, President George W Bush delivered the first post-9/11 State Of The Union address, in which he labeled Iraq, Iran, and North Korea an "axis of evil."
- 2003 Whitesnake plays its first show in more than 12 years in Jacksonville, Florida, on a bill with the Scorpions and Dokken.
- 2006 A graphic two-minute commercial from People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals (PETA), featuring Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor, is posted online. Reznor appears in and narrates the spot, which shows graphic footage of dogs and cats being tortured, killed and skinned for the Chinese fur industry.
- 2007 Chris Daughtry announces that guitarist Jeremy Brady has parted ways with the Daughtry band.