Rabbi's On This Day: Monday, February 4, 2013
Posted 2/4/2013 12:00:00 PM

Monday, February 4, 2013



  • Gavin DeGraw (singer, "I Don't Want To Be") (36)
  • Natalie Imbruglia (pop singer/actress, "Torn"; former wife of Silverchair frontman Daniel Johns ) (38)
  • Alice Cooper (rock legend) (65)
  • Gabrielle Anwar (actress, Scent of a Woman, The Tudors, Burn Notice, The Three Musketeers, Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead) (43)
  • David Brenner (actor, comedian) (77)
  • Oscar De La Hoya (boxer) (40)
  • Michael Goorjian (star of Party of Five) (42)
  • Dan Quayle (44th Vice President of theUS, served under George H.W. Bush) (66)
  • Lawrence Taylor (NFL Football Hall of Famer) (54)
  • George A. Romero (horror film director, Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Creepshow, Land of the Dead, Diary of the Dead) (73)
  • Noodles (a.k.a. Kevin Wasserman, guitarist, the Offspring) (50)
  • Rick Burch (bassist, Jimmy Eat World) (38)
  • Henry Bogdan (ex-bassist, Helmet) (52)
  • Julia Ormond (actress, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Sabrina, First Knight, Legends of the Fall) (48)


  • 1783,Britain declares a formal end to hostilities with its former colonies, theUnited States Of America.
  • 1789, Electors unanimously choose George Washington as the first U.S. President.
  • 1861, Delegates from six southern states meet inAlabama to form the Confederate States Of America.
  • 1902 Aviator Charles A. Lindbergh, the first man to fly solo nonstop across theAtlantic, is born. He dies in 1974.
  • 1906, The NYPD begins fingerprint identification.
  • 1913, Louis Perlman ofNew York receives a patent for his 'tire-carrying rims,' known today as car wheels.
  • 1923 Actor Conrad Bain (Mr. Drummond on Diff'rent Strokes) is born. He dies in January 2013.
  • 1927, British driver Malcolm Campbell breaks the world land speed record in his car Bluebird, driving 174.224 miles per hour.
  • 1932, The first Winter Olympics held in theU.S. open atLake Placid,New York.
  • 1938, Disney's Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs opens in theatres.
  • 1941, The United Service Organization (USO) started.
  • 1967 "Hey Joe" by the Jimi Hendrix Experience peaks at Number Six on theU.K. pop chart.
  • 1971, Baseball announces a special Hall Of Fame wing for black players.
  • 1974, Newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst is kidnapped from her apartment in Berkeley, California, by members of the Symbionese Liberation Army.
  • 1976, An earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter Scale kills nearly 23,000 people inHonduras andGuatemala.
  • 1977, American Bandstand celebrates its 25th anniversary with a TV special. Among the acts that play the event are Gregg Allman, Chuck Berry, Charlie Daniels, and Booker T. & the MG's.
  • 1978, "Turn To Stone" by the Electric Light Orchestra peaks at Number 13 on the pop chart.
  • 1978, "We Are The Champions" by Queen peaks at Number Four on the pop chart, where it stays for four weeks.
  • 1982, "Edge Of Seventeen" by Stevie Nicks is released.
  • 1989 Guns N' Roses place two records -- Appetite For Destruction and the acoustic EP G N' R Lies -- in the Top Five of the Billboard album chart.
  • 1994 English band Blur finishes recording their classic Parklife album.
  • 1996, Former Milli Vanilli member Rob Pilatus is hospitalized when aLos Angeles man clobbers him with a baseball bat afterPilatus tries to steal the man's car.
  • 1997 Bush's Razorblade Suitcase album is certified double platinum.
  • 1997 No Doubt's Tragic Kingdom disc is certified six-times platinum for sales of over six million copies.
  • 1997 Sublime's self-titled album is certified platinum.
  • 1997, A civil jury in Santa Monica, California, finds O.J. Simpson liable for the deaths of his ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ron Goldman.
  • 1998, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates gets hit in the face with a cream pie as he arrives for a meeting with government and business leaders inBrussels,Belgium.
  • 1999, Four plainclothes police officers in New York City shoot unarmed immigrant Amadou Diallo 41 times in front of his Bronx home during a nighttime search for a rape suspect.
  • 2000 Scream 3 opens in theatres nationwide.
  • 2001 A referee boots Jimmy Buffett from his courtside seat at the American Airlines Arena inMiami,Florida, during a New York Knicks/Miami Heat basketball game, citing Buffett's excessive profanity. The referee said that he ordered the singer moved during the fourth quarter because "there was a little boy sitting next to him and a lady sitting by him. He used some words he knows he shouldn't have used."
  • 2001 Singer-guitarist Paul Stanley announces that drummer Eric Singer will wear Peter Criss's makeup in Kiss.
  • 2002 Kiss singer-bassist Gene Simmons gets into a name-calling fight with a National Public Radio (NPR) host Terry Gross when he says, "If you're going to welcome me with open arms, you also have to welcome me with open legs."
  • 2003 Courtney Love is taken into police custody inLondon after allegedly being disruptive and creating a disturbance during a flight fromLos Angeles earlier that day. She is released after nine hours of interrogation and a stern lecture.
  • 2003 Doors drummer John Densmore files a lawsuit against Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger to get them to stop using the name "The Doors" for their new band with Cult singer  Ian Astbury. Densmore is joined by the estates of the late Jim Morrison and Morrison's widow Pamela Courson, and the case is eventually ruled in their favor and Manzarek and Krieger lose the case.
  • 2003 The soundtrack to the Ben Affleck superhero movie Daredevil, featuring songs from Nickelback, Fuel, Hoobastank, Drowning Pool with Rob Zombie, and an unknown band called Evanescence, is released.
  • 2004, Facebook is founded by Mark Zuckerberg.
  • 2005 It is reported that Sevendust has selected former Snot and Amen guitarist Sonny Mayo as the replacement for original axeman Clint Lowery.
  • 2006 Staind steps in at the last minute to replace 3 Doors Down as headliners of the Bud Bowl 2006 concert at Tiger Stadium in Detroit after 3 Doors Down vocalist Brad Arnold is injured in a one-car accident three nights earlier.
  • 2007 An official statement confirms that original singer David Lee Roth is back in Van Halen, with plans afoot for the band to tour that summer. However, the trek is postponed until the fall while guitarist Eddie Van Halen goes through rehab.
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