Rabbi's On This Day: Friday, February 1, 2013
Posted 2/1/2013 12:00:00 PM
Friday, February 1, 2013


  • Don Everly (singer, of the Everly Brothers) (76)
  • Michael C. Hall (actor, Dexter, Six Feet Under) (43 disputed 42)
  • Terry Jones (comic actor and director, member of the Monty Python comedy group, was on TV's Monty Python's Flying Circus) (71)
  • Garrett Morris (actor-comedian, one of the original Saturday Night Live castmembers, Car Wash, Martin, The Jamie Foxx Show) (76)
  • Lisa Marie Presley (daughter of Elvis Presley) (45)
  • Princess Stephanie of Monaco (Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier's daughter) (48)
  • Pauly Shore (actor-comedian, Encino Man, Son In Law, Bio-Dome) (45)
  • Lauren Conrad (reality TV star, Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County and The Hills) (27)
  • Sherilyn Fenn (actress, Twin Peaks, Boxing Helena, Rude Awakening, Two Moon Junction) (48)
  • Bill Mumy (actor, Lost In Space's Will Robinson, Babylon 5) (59)
  • Joy Philbin (substitute co-host, Live! With Regis & Kelly; wife of Regis Philbin) (72)
  • Mike Campbell (lead guitarist, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers) (63)
  • Rachelle Lefevre (actress, What About Brian, Boston Legal, A Gifted Man, Off the Map, Twilight) (34)
  • Patrick Wilson (drummer, Weezer) (44)
  • Ron Welty (former drummer, the Offspring) (42)
  • Big Boi (real name, Antwon Patton; rapper, OutKast) (38)


  • 1790, the U.S. Supreme Court met for the first time, in New York City, with Chief Justice John Jay presiding.
  • 1851 Author Mary Shelley (Frankenstein) dies at age 53.
  • 1901 Actor Clark Gable (Mutiny On The Bounty, Gone With The Wind) is born. He dies in 1960.
  • 1931 Former Russian president Boris Yeltsin is born. He dies in 2007.
  • 1933 Skippy peanut butter is introduced to the market. It now sells 100 million jars a year.
  • 1938 Actor Sherman Hemsley (George Jefferson on All In The Family and The Jeffersons) is born. He dies in July 2012.
  • 1949 RCA Victor introduces the 7-inch, 45-rpm single.
  • 1960, four black college students staged a sit-in at an all-white Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, after they were refused service.
  • 1964 "I Want To Hold Your Hand" by the Beatles hits Number One on the pop chart, where it stays for seven weeks.
  • 1964 Jani Lane (lead singer, Warrant; real name John Kennedy Oswald) is born. He dies in August 2011 of acute alcohol poisoning.
  • 1965, Twenty-six-year-old Peter Jennings became the anchor of ABC's Nightly News. Jennings left the post less than three years later, but returned to it in 1983.
  • 1965 Actor Brandon Lee (The Crow; son of Bruce Lee) is born. He dies in 1993.
  • 1966 Actor and comedy legend Buster Keaton dies at age 70.
  • 1974, the TV sitcom Good Times, a spin-off of Maude, starring Jimmie "J.J." Walker, John Amos, Janet Jackson, and Esther Rolle premiered.
  • 1977 Led Zeppelin lead singer Robert Plant comes down with tonsillitis, forcing the group to postpone a U.S. tour.
  • 1982, Late Night With David Letterman debuted on NBC, where it ran for 11 years before Letterman moved to CBS.
  • 1988 Actress Heather O'Rourke (Poltergeist's Carol Anne) dies at age 12.
  • 1989 Van Halen's self-titled debut album is certified six times platinum.
  • 1989 Appetite For Destruction by Guns N' Roses is certified seven times platinum.
  • 1991, South African President F.W. De Klerk announced he would repeal all remaining apartheid laws.
  • 1992 Nirvana's Nevermind reaches Number One on the Billboard 200 chart for the second time.
  • 1994 Green Day releases its breakthrough album Dookie.
  • 1995 Guitarist Richey Edwards of the Manic Street Preachers disappears. His car is found two weeks later, on a bridge spanning the Bristol Channel in England.
  • 2000, Senator John McCain of Arizona soundly defeated Texas Governor George W. Bush to win the New Hampshire Republican presidential primary.
  • 2001 Drummer Peter Criss once again leaves Kiss.
  • 2002 Actress Winona Ryder is charged with four felony counts stemming from her shoplifting arrest at a Saks Fifth Avenue store in Beverly Hills, California, the previous December. Ryder is later convicted of felony grand theft and vandalism, receiving three years' probation.
  • 2003 NASA's space shuttle Columbia breaks apart in flames over Texas while re-entering the Earth's atmosphere, killing all seven astronauts just 16 minutes before they were supposed to land in Florida. Debris from the shuttle spreads across Texas and several other states. The dead include six Americans and the first Israeli astronaut.
  • 2004 Green Day performs a new version of the classic song "I Fought The Law" for one of a series of Pepsi commercials that air during the Super Bowl. 2005 Red, White & Crue by Motley Crue is released.
  • 2005 Actor John Vernon (Animal House's Dean Wormer) dies at age 72.
  • 2006 Yellowcard's fourth album, Lights And Sounds, debuts on Billboard's 200 album chart at Number Five with first-week sales of more than 90,000 copies. Meanwhile, P.O.D.'s Testify bows at Number Nine, with sales of 58,000 copies.
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