Rabbi's On This Day: Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Posted 1/30/2013 12:00:00 PM
Wednesday, January 30, 2013


  • Wilmer Valderrama (actor, That '70s Show's Fez) (33)
  • Christian Bale (actor, Batman Begins, Empire Of The Sun, American Psycho, Laurel Canyon, The Dark Knight, 3:10 to Yuma, Terminator Salvation, Public Enemies, The Fighter, The Dark Knight Rises) (39)
  • Phil Collins (singer and drummer, Genesis) (62)
  • Marty Balin (lead singer, Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship) (71)
  • Steve Augeri (former lead singer, Journey) (54)
  • Charles S. Dutton (actor, Crocodile Dundee II, Q&A, A Time To Kill, Alien 3, Mimic, Gothika, Legion) (62)
  • Dick Cheney(Former U.S. Vice President) (72)
  • Vanessa Redgrave (actress, Mission: Impossible, Deep Impact, Girl, Interrupted, Howard's End, Julia, Mary Queen Of Scots) (76)
  • Gene Hackman (actor, The French Connection I and IIGet ShortyRunaway Jury, The Poseidon Adventure, The Firm, The Birdcage, The Royal Tenenbaums, Behind Enemy Lines) (83)
  • Jody Watley (R&B singer and member of Shalamar) (54)
  • Nick Broomfield (documentarian, Kurt and Courtney) (65)


  • 1800 The population of the United States is counted as slightly over 5.3 million.
  • 1882 President Franklin Delano Roosevelt is born. He dies in 1945.
  • 1835, the first attempt on the life of a U.S. president was made, as someone took two shots at President Andrew Jackson in the rotunda of the Capitol but missed.
  • 1882, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was born. He died in 1945.
  • 1920, Joe Malone of the Quebec Bulldogs set a still-standing NHL record of seven goals in one game.
  • 1933, Adolf Hitler became chancellor of Germany.
  • 1947, Singer-guitarist Steve Marriott (the Small Faces, Humble Pie) is born. He dies in 1991.
  • 1948, Indian leader and pacifist Mahatma Gandhi died at age 78.
  • 1964, "Please Please Me" b/w "From Me To You" by the Beatles is released.
  • 1968, Communist North Vietnamese forces launched surprise attacks against South Vietnam in what became known as the "Tet Offensive," after the Vietnamese name for the lunar new year.
  • 1969, The Beatles gave their final performance, on the roof of Apple Corps Headquarters in London. The 42-minute event, which was filmed for the documentary Let It Be, ended when police responded to the scene after a noise complaint was filed by a worker in a neighboring office building.
  • 1970, All the members of the Grateful Dead except keyboardist Ron "Pigpen" McKernan were arrested in New Orleans for possession of marijuana. The incident later inspired some of the lyrics in the song "Truckin'." The band didn't return to Louisiana for seven years, and they stayed away from New Orleans for a full decade.
  • 1971, "Love The One You're With" by Stephen Stills peaks at Number 14 on the pop chart.
  • 1971, "Immigrant Song" by Led Zeppelin peaks at Number 16 on the pop chart.
  • 1971, Pendulum by Creedence Clearwater Revival peaks at Number Five on the album chart.
  • 1971, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band by John Lennon & the Plastic Ono Band peaks at Number Six on the album chart.
  • 1972, More than a dozen unarmed Roman Catholic civil-rights marchers were shot to death by British soldiers in Londonderry, Northern Ireland.  The event becomes known as "Bloody Sunday" and serves as the inspiration for the U2 song "Sunday, Bloody Sunday." 
  • 1973, former Nixon aides G. Gordon Liddy and James McCord were found guilty in the Watergate break-in trial.
  • 1973 The first show by Kiss takes place at the Coventry in Queens, New York. The band had just changed its name from Wicked Lester.
  • 1976, future president George H. W. Bush became CIA director.
  • 1979, the government of Iran announced the decision to allow Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini to return from exile in France.
  • 1988, "Need You Tonight" by INXS hits Number One on the pop chart.
  • 1993, "Steam" by Peter Gabriel peaks at Number 32 on the pop chart.
  • 1994, the Buffalo Bills set an unwanted record never before seen in pro sports by losing their fourth consecutive world championship game when they lost the Super Bowl to the Dallas Cowboys. The Bills had lost the previous three Super Bowls.
  • 1994 French author Pierre Boulle, who wrote Planet Of The Apes, dies at the age of 81.
  • 1995 Robert Plant and Jimmy Page perform "Black Dog" live via satellite from London on the American Music Awards, where Led Zeppelin is given the lifetime achievement award. Bassist John Paul Jones attends the show and accepts in person.
  • 1996 The Beastie Boys' Ill Communication album is certified double platinum.
  • 2006 Tool and Depeche Mode are announced as the headliners for the seventh annual Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, scheduled for April 29th and 30th at the Empire Polo Fields in Indio, California. The rest of the bill includes acts such as Franz Ferdinand, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Matisyahu, and over 80 others. 2006 Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell is confirmed by clothing designer John Varvatos as the face of the ad campaign for his 2006 spring line.
  • 2008 Papa Roach permanently splits with longtime drummer Dave Buckner.
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