Rabbi's On This Day: Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Posted 2/5/2013 12:00:00 PM

Tuesday, February 5, 2013


  • Bobby Brown (R&B singer, ex-husband of Whitney Houston) (44)
  • Hank Aaron (Hall of Fame baseball legend) (79)
  • Christopher Guest (actor, comedian, writer, Lily Tomlin, Saturday Night Live, Best In Show) (65)
  • Barbara Hershey (actress, Beaches, The Right Stuff, Hoosiers) (65)
  • Jennifer Jason Leigh (actress, The Hudsucker Proxy, Single White Female, Backdraft, The Big Picture, Easy Money, Fast Times at Ridgemont High) (51)
  • Laura Linney (actress, The Big C, Tales of the City, Kinsey, Primal Fear, Congo, The Truman Show) (49)
  • David Selby (actor, Falcon Crest, Flamingo Road, White Squall, Dying Young) (72)
  • Tim Meadows (comedian, Saturday Night Live) (52)
  • Chris Parnell (30 Rock, former cast member of Saturday Night Live) (46)
  • Duff McKagan (bassist, Velvet Revolver, former bassist, Guns N' Roses) (49)
  • Roger Staubach (Football Hall-of-Fame quarterback) (71)
  • Al Kooper (singer and keyboardist-guitarist, Blood, Sweat & Tears; also worked with Bob Dylan, the Atlanta Rhythm Section, Alice Cooper, the Byrds, Jimi Hendrix, and Lynyrd Skynyrd, among others) (69)
  • Cory Wells (singer, Three Dog Night) (71)
  • Barrett Strong (R&B singer and songwriter, "Money") (72)
  • Michael Sheen (actor, The Queen, Frost/Nixon) (44)
  • Sara Evans (country singer) (42)


  • 1816, Rossini's opera The Barber Of Seville premieres inRome.
  • 1870, The first motion picture was shown to a theater audience inPhiladelphia.
  • 1914, Novelist William S. Burroughs (Naked Lunch, The Ticket That Exploded) was born.
  • 1917, Congress passed, over President Woodrow Wilson's veto, an act requiring a literacy test for immigrants, severely curtailing the number of Asian immigrants allowed into the U.S.
  • 1917,Mexico's constitution was adopted.
  • 1919, Actor-comedian Red Buttons (It Could Happen To You, The Story Of Us, Pete's Dragon, Stagecoach) was born. He died in July 2006 at age 87.
  • 1921, The New York Yankees purchased 20 acres of land in theBronx to build Yankee Stadium.
  • 1922, Reader's Digest was first published.
  • 1937, Modern Times, the first Charlie Chaplin talking picture, was released.
  • 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed increasing the number of Supreme Court justices, leading to charges that he was trying to "pack" the court to neutralize other justices' opposition to his "New Deal" programs.
  • 1948, Dick Button became the first U.S. figure skating champion in Olympic history, and Gretchen Fraser became the first U.S. woman Olympic slalom champion.
  • 1952,New York City adopted the three-colored traffic light.
  • 1953, Walt Disney's Peter Pan opened at the Roxy Theatre inNew York City.
  • 1967, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour premiered.
  • 1972, "Day After Day" by Badfinger peaks at Number Four on the pop chart.
  • 1972, "Levon" by Elton John peaks at Number 24 on the pop chart.
  • 1972, Bob Douglas became the first black man to be elected into the Basketball Hall Of Fame.
  • 1973, The comic strip Hagar The Horrible debuted.
  • 1981, President Reagan, in a nationwide address, said that the United States was in "the worst economic mess since the Great Depression," and called for sweeping spending and tax cuts.
  • 1983, "Africa" by Toto hits Number One on the pop chart.
  • 1983, "Allentown" by Billy Joel peaks at Number 17 on the pop chart.
  • 1988, Manual Noriega,Panama's military leader, was indicted inFlorida on federal charges of bribery and drug trafficking. He would later be sentenced to 40 years in federal prison.
  • 1988, The first prime time wrestling match in 30 years aired. Andre The Giant beat Hulk Hogan.
  • 1989, Kareem Abdul-Jabar became the first NBA player to score 38,000 points.
  • 1991, A Michigan court barred Dr. Jack Kevorkian from conducting assisted suicides.
  • 1996, Actress Elizabeth Taylor filed for divorce from Larry Fortensky, her seventh husband.
  • 1996, John C. Salvi went on trial for inMassachusetts for the shooting deaths of two receptionists at abortion clinics. Salvi was convicted and sentenced to two life terms. He was later found dead in his prison cell from an apparent suicide.
  • 1999, Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson was sentenced in Maryland to a year in jail after assaulting two motorists following a traffic accident. He ended up serving 3-1/2 months.
  • 2003, Secretary Of State General Colin Powell appears before the United Nations inNew York City and presents evidence thatIraq has weapons of mass destruction and is an imminent danger to the region, theU.S., and the world.
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