Rabbi's On This Day: Wednesday, February 6, 2013
2/6/2013 12:00:00 PM
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
- Tom Brokaw (author and former NBC Nightly News anchor) (73)
- W. Axl Rose (lead singer of Guns N' Roses) (51)
- Natalie Cole (singer, Nat "King" Cole's daughter) (63)
- Fabian (singer, 1950s teen idol) (70)
- Mike Farrell (M*A*S*H's Captain B.J. Hunnicut) (74)
- Zsa Zsa Gabor (actress) (96)
- Patrick Macnee (actor, star of The Avengers, This Is Spinal Tap, A View To A Kill) (91)
- Rip Torn (actor, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, RoboCop 3, Beyond The Law, The Larry Sanders Show, Men In Black I and II, Wonder Boys, Freddy Got Fingered) (82)
- Mamie Van Doren (1950s actress, High School Confidential) (82, disputed)
- Barry Miller (actor, The Last Temptation Of Christ, Biloxi Blues, Saturday Night Fever) (55)
- Michael Tucker (actor, L.A. Law, For Love Or Money, Radio Days, Diner) (68)
- Gayle Hunnicutt (actress, Dream Lover, Turnaround, Dallas) (70)
- Rick Astley (pop singer, "Never Gonna Give You Up") (47)
- Kathy Najimy (actress-comedienne, Soapdish, Sister Act I and II, The Wedding Planner; the voice of Peggy Hill on King Of The Hill, Numb3rs) (56)
- Robert Townsend (actor-comedian-writer-director, A Soldier's Story, Hollywood Shuffle, I'm Gonna Git You Sucka, The Five Heartbeats, The Parent 'Hood) (56, disputed)
- Kris Humphries (basketball player, former husband of Kim Kardashian) (28)
- Alice Eve (actress, She's Out Of My League, Men in Black III, The Decoy Bride, Star Trek Into Darkness) (31)
- Maria Shriver (former NBC news reporter; ex-wife of Arnold Schwarzenegger) (58)
ON THIS DAY:
- 1778, theUnited States andFrance sign treaties that ally the two countries againstBritain.
- 1867, the Peabody Fund forms to promote black education in the South.
- 1895, Legendary baseball Hall Of Famer Babe Ruth is born (he always insisted that he was born in 1894). He dies on August 16th, 1948, from throat cancer.
- 1899, the Spanish-American War ends.
- 1911 Former U.S. president Ronald Reagan is born. He dies in 2004.
- 1912 Adolf Hitler companion Eva Braun is born. She dies in 1945.
- 1914 Actor Thurl Ravenscroft (sang the How The Grinch Stole Christmas song "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch"; the voice of Frosted Flakes mascot Tony The Tiger) is born. He dies in May 2005.
- 1935, the first Monopoly board game goes on sale.
- 1936, Adolf Hitler opened the fourth Winter Olympics inBerlin.
- 1943, a Los Angeles jury acquitted actor Errol Flynn of three counts of statutory rape.
- 1945, Reggae legend and Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley is born in St. Ann,Jamaica. Marley goes on to win international fame for hits including "Stir It Up," "I Shot The Sheriff," and "No Woman No Cry." He influenced countless musicians throughout his career until his death from cancer at age 36 on May 11, 1981.
- 1948, the first radio-controlled airplane was flown.
- 1967, Muhammad Ali scores a technical knockout (TKO) over Ernie Terrell for the heavyweight boxing title at the Houston Astrodome.
- 1971, Astronaut Alan Shepherd, who stashed a six-iron on board the Apollo 14 spacecraft, hits the first golf ball on the moon.
- 1982, "Centerfold" by the J. Geils Band hits Number One on the pop chart, where it stays for six weeks. That same day, Freeze-Frame hits Number One on the album chart, where it stays for four weeks.
- 1982, "Waiting On A Friend" by the Rolling Stones peaks at Number 13 on the pop chart.
- 1987 Pop singer Sonny Bono announces that he's running for mayor ofPalm Springs,California. He wins the election.
- 1987, federal buildings in theU.S. adopt no-smoking rules.
- 1988, "Tunnel Of Love" by Bruce Springsteen peaks at Number Nine on the pop chart.
- 1991 Actor Danny Thomas (Make Room For Daddy; he also produced The Andy Griffith Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, and The Mod Squad; father of Marlo Thomas) dies at age 77.
- 1992 Presidential candidate Bill Clinton denies that he tried to avoid the Vietnam War draft.
- 1993, Tennis legend Arthur Ashe dies at age 49, after contracting HIV through a blood transfusion.
- 1994, Comic-book legend Jack Kirby dies at age 76. Kirby and Stan Lee co-created the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, and the Avengers, among others.
- 1995 Nirvana begins what will be their final tour ofEurope.
- 1995 Pearl Jam performs two free concerts inSeattle for fan club members only.
- 1997, Britain's Diane Blood wins the right to use her dead husband's sperm to become pregnant.
- 1998, Beach Boys singer-guitarist Carl Wilson dies at age 51.
- 1998, President Bill Clinton signs a bill changing the name ofWashingtonNationalAirport toRonaldReaganWashingtonNationalAirport.
- 1999, President Clinton requests legislation to require background checks on buyers at gun shows.
- 2000 First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton launches her successful bid to become the juniorU.S. senator fromNew York.
- 2001, following five months of Palestinian-Israeli violence, former general Ariel Sharon wins election as Israeli prime minister. The victory was a landslide over then-Prime Minister Ehud Barak.
- 2003 Incubus files a complaint in Los Angeles County Superior Court, seeking to end their contract with Immortal Records and Sony Music. The band invokes Section 2855 of the California Labor Code, which states that no artist can be "required to render its personal services in the production of phonorecords for more than seven years." The suit is later settled and the band remains with Sony.
- 2004 The Offspring song "Hit That," from their record Splinter, hits Number One on the Modern Rock radio chart.
- 2006 A Hurricane Katrina benefit EP put together by R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe goes on sale on iTunes. It features six different cover versions of singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur's "In The Sun," with guests including Coldplay's Chris Martin, Justin Timberlake, Adam Schlesinger from Fountains Of Wayne, and James Iha of Smashing Pumpkins and A Perfect Circle.
- 2006 H.I.M. singer Ville Valo is taken into custody by police after allegedly threatening to kill his neighbor at his apartment building inHelsinki,Finland.
- 2007 Fall Out Boy releases its much-hyped third album, Infinity On High.
- 2007 Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne announce that admission to Ozzfest 2007, the 12th edition of the annual summer metal festival, will be free, with fans securing tickets through special sponsor sites.
- 2008 Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland "voluntarily" enters rehab at an undisclosed location following a performance inLos Angeles.