Rabbi's On This Day: Saturday, February 9, 2013
Posted 2/9/2013 12:00:00 PM

Saturday, February 9, 2013


  • Joe Pesci (actor, Raging Bull, Lethal Weapon 2, 3, and 4, Goodfellas, JFK, My Cousin Vinny, Casino) (70)
  • Mia Farrow (actress, Peyton Place, Rosemary's Baby, Hannah And Her Sisters; former wife of Frank Sinatra; former companion of Woody Allen) (68)
  • Carole King (singer-songwriter, "So Far Away," "I Feel The Earth Move") (71)
  • Alice Walker (author, The Color Purple) (69)
  • Mookie Wilson (baseball player, former New York Mets' center fielder; held team records for stolen bases with 281 and triples until 2008) (61, disputed 57)
  • David Gallagher (actor, Seventh Heaven) (28)
  • Camille Winbush (actress, The Bernie Mac Show) (23)
  • Roger Mudd (CBS, NBC News correspondent, History Channel host, PBS) (85)
  • Julie Warner (actress, Doc Hollywood, Mr. Saturday Night, Tommy Boy, Nip/Tuck) (48)
  • Jim J. Bullock (actor, Too Close For Comfort, Spaceballs, Kissing Jessica Stein) (58)
  • Barry Mann (singer, "Who Put The Bomp") (74)
  • Barbara Lewis (singer, "Hello Stranger") (70)
  • Charlie Day (actor/writer, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Horrible Bosses) (37)
  • Jimmy Bennett (actor, No Ordinary Family, Daddy Day Care, Star Trek, Hostage, Poseidon, Orphan) (17)
  • Colin Egglesfield (actor, Melrose Place, All My Children, Something Borrowed) (40)
  • Tom Hiddleston (actor, War Horse, The Avengers, Thor, The Deep Blue Sea, Midnight in Paris) (32)
  • Rachel Bolan (bassist, Skid Row) (47)
  • Judith Light (actress, Ugly Betty, Law & Order (SVU), Who's The Boss?) (64)


  • 1825, After no presidential candidate won the necessary majority, the House Of Representatives elected John Quincy Adams the sixth president of theUnited States.
  • 1863 The fire extinguisher is patented by Alanson Crane.
  • 1867,Nebraska became the 37th state.
  • 1881 Author Fyodor Dostoyevsky (Crime And Punishment, The Brothers Karamazov) dies at age 59.
  • 1893 The first striptease reportedly takes place at the Moulin Rouge in Paris, when an artist's model named Mona slowly disrobes at a party thrown by Parisian students. She is arrested and fined, sparking a riot in the city.
  • 1895, The first college basketball game was played. The Minnesota State School Of Agriculture defeated the Porkers of Hamline College, 9 to 3.
  • 1914, Striptease legend Gypsy Rose Lee is born. She dies in 1970.
  • 1932,America entered the two-man bobsled competition for the first time at the Lake Placid Olympics.
  • 1940, The Walt Disney animated movie Pinocchio opens.
  • 1964 The G.I. Joe action figure makes its debut.
  • 1964, The Beatles made their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. They performed "All My Loving," "Till There Was You," "She Loves You," "I Saw Her Standing There," and "I Want To Hold Your Hand." They were paid $2,400 to perform, and 50,000 requests were received for the studio's 728 seats.
  • 1965 The firstU.S. troops are sent toSouth Vietnam.
  • 1969 The Boeing 747 flies its first flight, ushering in the age of the "jumbo jet."
  • 1969, The Boeing 747 flew its first flight. The milestone ushered in the age of the "jumbo jet."
  • 1971, The Apollo 14 spacecraft returned to Earth after man's third trip to the moon.
  • 1972, Paul McCartney and his new group Wings begin an unadvertised tour of small British clubs and university campuses. The shows are his first live appearances since the breakup of the Beatles.
  • 1974, Dorothy Hamill won theU.S. female figure skating championship.
  • 1981, Singer and bandleader Bill Haley ("Rock Around The Clock") dies at age 55.
  • 1982, George Harrison gives UNICEF a check for nearly $9 million as settlement for theBangladesh benefit concert held in 1971. It took more than 10 years to cut through the red tape surrounding the proceeds of the show.
  • 1985, "The Boys Of Summer" by Don Henley peaks at Number Five on the pop chart.
  • 1991 "Moneytalks" by AC/DC peaks at Number 23 on the pop chart.
  • 1991, Reverend Jean-Bertrand Aristide was sworn in asHaiti's first democratically elected president.
  • 1993 Appetite For Destruction by Guns N' Roses is certified nine times platinum.
  • 1994 Former Chicago Bulls basketball star Michael Jordan signs a contract with baseball's Chicago White Sox.
  • 1995 All-female alternative act L7 cancels the rest of a European tour after their guitar roadie dies of a heart attack following a show inLondon.
  • 1995 R.E.M.'s Automatic For The People is certified quadruple platinum.
  • 1997, Sweet singer Brian Connolly dies at age 47.
  • 1997, The Simpsons airs its 167th episode, becoming the longest-running primetime animated series on television, breaking the previous record set by The Flintstones.
  • 1998 Blink-182's Dude Ranch is certified gold.
  • 1999 The Senate begins closed-door deliberations in the impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton.
  • 1999, The Reverend Jerry Falwell launched a campaign against the Teletubbies character Tinky Winky, claiming that the purple, purse-carrying creature was secretly a gay role model for children.
  • 2001 AC/DC becomes the fifth biggest-selling rock band in theU.S., with 63 million albums sold.
  • 2001 Hannibal, starring Anthony Hopkins and Julianne Moore, opens in theaters nationwide, earning $58 million in its first three days of release.
  • 2005 Muse and Franz Ferdinand are among the big winners at the 25th annual BRIT Awards, held in London. Franz Ferdinand wins for Best Rock Act and Best British Band, while Muse wins Best British Live Act. Performers include Franz Ferdinand, U2, and Green Day.
  • 2005 White Stripes frontman Jack White is the subject of a profile on CBS's 60 Minutes Wednesday.
  • 2006 Fuel officially announces the departure of singer Brett Scallions from the band.
  • 2011 Video game publisher Activision announces that it is disbanding the unit that makes its Guitar Hero games and stopping all development of the franchise. The company blames declining popularity for music-based video games, saying, "We simply cannot make these games profitably based on current economics."
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