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

Saturday, February 2, 2013


  • Christie Brinkley(supermodel-actress, National Lampoon's Vacation; former wife of Billy Joel) (59)
  • Bo Hopkins (star of Dynasty and The Rockford Files) (71)
  • Robert Mandan (starred in Soap) (81)
  • Liz Smith(gossip journal columnist) (90)
  • Tom Smothers (actor-singer-comedian, half of the Smothers Brothers) (76)
  • Elaine Stritch (actress, has recurring role as Jack Donaghy's mother on 30 Rock) (87)
  • Michael T. Weiss (star of The Pretender) (51)
  • Graham Nash (singer-songwriter, of Crosby, Stills & Nash) (71)
  • Brent Spiner (actor, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Independence Day) (64)
  • Shakira(Colombian pop singer whose "hips don't lie") (36)
  • Ross Valory (bassist, Journey) (64)
  • Duane "Dog" Chapman (Dog The Bounty Hunter) (60)
  • Jennifer Westfeldt (actress, girlfriend of Jon Hamm) (43)
  • Robert DeLeo (bassist, Stone Temple Pilots) (47)


  • 1653, New Amsterdam, which later changes its name to New York City, is incorporated.
  • 1863, Samuel Langhorne Clemens decides to use the pen name Mark Twain.
  • 1882 Author James Joyce (Ulysses) is born. He dies in 1941.
  • 1905 Author Ayn Rand (The Fountainhead, Atlas Shrugged) is born. She dies in 1982.
  • 1913 New York City's Grand Central Station opens.
  • 1927, Jazz saxophonist Stan Getz is born in Philadelphia. He dies in 1991.
  • 1936, Babe Ruth is voted into the Baseball Hall Of Fame.
  • 1947 Actress Farrah Fawcett (Charlie's Angels, Logan's Run; former wife of Lee Majors) is born. She dies in June 2009.
  • 1950, What's My Line premieres on CBS.
  • 1959, Vince "Winning isn't everything -- it's the only thing" Lombardi signs a five-year contract with the Green Bay Packers.
  • 1964, G.I. Joe debuts as a popular American boy's toy.
  • 1969 Actor Boris Karloff (Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Bride Of Frankenstein, narrator of the original How The Grinch Stole Christmas) dies at age 81.
  • 1971, dictator Idi Amin assumes power following a coup in Uganda.
  • 1972, The Stanley Kubrick film A Clockwork Orange, starring Malcolm McDowell, opens nationwide.
  • 1977 Rumours by Fleetwood Mac is released. 1979, Ex-Sex Pistols bass player Sid Vicious dies of a heroin overdose at the age of 21.
  • 1978 Los Angeles band Van Halen signs with Warner Bros. Records.
  • 1979 Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious dies at age 21.
  • 1980 "Don't Do Me Like That" by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers peaks at Number 10 on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1980 More than one thousand punk rockers march to London's Hyde Park in honor of the first anniversary of Sid Vicious's death.
  • 1985 "I Want To Know What Love Is" by Foreigner hits Number One on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks. That same day, Agent Provocateur peaks at Number Four on the album chart, where it stays for three weeks.
  • 1985 O.J. Simpson marries Nicole Brown.
  • 1985 "Easy Lover" by Phil Collins and Philip Bailey peaks at Number Two on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1987 Licensed To Ill, the debut album from the Beastie Boys, is certified platinum.
  • 1990, South African President F.W. de Klerk lifts a ban on the African National Congress and promises to free Nelson Mandela from prison.
  • 1992, Pearl Jam kicks off their first U.K. tour.
  • 1993, Arrested Development receives a record six nominations for the Soul Train Music Awards.
  • 1995, The Recording Industry Association Of America announces that Rumours by Fleetwood Mac is the second-best-selling album in the United States, with sales topping the 17-million mark.
  • 1995 Actor Donald Pleasence (the Halloween movies, Escape From New York) dies at age 75.
  • 1995 Metallica's self-titled fifth album, a.k.a. "the black album," is certified eight-times platinum.
  • 1995 Pearl Jam's third album, Vitalogy, is certified quadruple platinum.
  • 1996, Dancer, actor, and choreographer Gene Kelly dies at age 83.
  • 1996 Actor-dancer Gene Kelly (An American In Paris, Singin' In The Rain, Inherit The Wind) dies at age 83.
  • 2002 Beverly Hills, 90210 and Charmed star Shannen Doherty marries producer Rick Solomon, who later gains notoriety as the co-star of the infamous Paris Hilton sex video.
  • 2005 Metal band Lamb Of God, one of the opening acts on Slipknot's North American tour, is banned from performing on April 9th at the Los Angeles Forum by the religious organization that owns the venue because of their current name and their previous one, Burn The Priest.
  • 2006 U2's Bono makes a speech to George W. Bush and members of Congress urging them to give an additional one percent of the federal budget to the world's poor.
  • 2006 Chevelle confirms that frontman Pete Loeffler and drummer Sam Loeffler have chosen their brother-in-law Dean Bernardini as a permanent replacement for their brother and bassist Joe Loeffler who was dismissed the previous year. 2011 The White Stripes split after 14 years and six albums, according to a statement issued by singer/guitarist Jack White and drummer Meg White. The statement says that the band has "officially ended and will make no further new recordings or perform live," adding that the decision was made "for a myriad of reasons, but mostly to preserve what is beautiful and special about the band and have it stay that way."
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