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

Tuesday, February 12, 2013


  • Maud Adams (actress-model, Swedish "Bond Girl" only actress to play a "Bond girl" twice, in The Man With The Golden Gun and Octopussy the James Bond film of the same name) (68)
  • Josh Brolin (Oscar-nominated actor, In the Valley of Elah, No Country For Old Men, American Gangster, W., Milk, Gangster Squad; married to actress Diane Lane, James Brolin's son) (45)
  • Joe Garagiola (baseball announcer and former catcher) (87)
  • Arsenio Hall (actor-comedian and former talk show host; host, Star Search) (57, disputed 58)
  • Joanna Kerns (actress, played Growing Pains' Maggie Seaver) (60)
  • Christina Ricci (actress, Mermaids, The Addams Family, The Ice Storm, Ally McBeal, Anything Else, Monster) (33)
  • Chynna Phillips (singer, of Wilson Phillips) (45)
  • Michael McDonald (singer, solo and for the Doobie Brothers) (61)
  • Steve Hackett (former guitarist of Genesis) (63)
  • Ray Manzarek (keyboardist for the Doors) (74)
  • Judy Blume (author) (75)
  • Joe Don Baker (actor, Walking Tall, GoldenEye, Mars Attacks!, Tomorrow Never Dies) (77)
  • Ehud Barak (10th Prime Minister ofIsrael) (71)
  • Darren Aronofsky (American director, The Wrestler, Reqiuem for a Dream, The Fountain, Black Swan) (44)
  • Jesse Spencer (Dr. Robert Chase on House) (34)
  • Jennifer Stone (The Wizards of Waverly Place) (20)
  • Michael Ironside (actor, Top Gun, Total Recall, Free Willy, Starship Troopers, The Perfect Storm) (63)


  • 1793, Congress passed the first fugitive slave law, requiring all states, including those that forbid slavery, to forcibly return slaves who had escaped from other states to their original owners.
  • 1809 Evolutionist Charles Darwin is born. He dies in 1882.
  • 1809 President Abraham Lincoln is born. He dies in 1865.
  • 1878, Frederick Thayer patented the baseball catcher's mask.
  • 1879, AtNew York City'sMadison Square Garden,America's first artificial ice rink opened.
  • 1892, President Abraham Lincoln's birthday was declared a national holiday.
  • 1909,America's oldest civil rights organization, the National Association For The Advancement Of Colored People (NAACP), was founded.
  • 1915 Actor Lorne Greene (Bonanza, Earthquake, Roots, Battlestar Galactica) is born. He dies in 1987.
  • 1919 Actor Forrest Tucker (F Troop's Sergeant O'Rourke) is born. He dies in 1986.
  • 1924, Calvin Coolidge, known as the "silent president," became the first president of theUnited States to make a political speech on the radio. An estimated 5 million people tuned in to hear the broadcast.
  • 1931,Japan's first television broadcast was shown. It was a baseball game.
  • 1958 The first Barbie doll is sold. Originally priced at three dollars, a first edition Barbie could now fetch up to five grand.
  • 1964, The Beatles play their firstNew York City concert at Carnegie Hall.
  • 1967, London police arrest Rolling Stones members Keith Richards and Mick Jagger, along with Jagger's girlfriend, singer and model Marianne Faithfull, on drug charges.
  • 1968 Christopher McCandless, subject of the book and movie Into the Wild, is born. He dies in 1992.
  • 1968 Jimi Hendrix gets an honorary high school diploma and the key to his hometown ofSeattle,Washington.
  • 1972, "Black Dog" by Led Zeppelin peaks at Number 15 on the pop chart.
  • 1972, "Feelin' Alright" by Joe Cocker peaks at Number 33 on the pop chart.
  • 1972, "Stay With Me" by the Faces peaks at Number 17 on the pop chart.
  • 1973, the first release of American prisoners of war fromVietnam took place when 116 POWs were sent to thePhilippines fromHanoi.
  • 1992, President Bush formally announced his bid for re-election.
  • 1995 The Ramones finish recording what becomes their final studio album, Adios Amigos!
  • 1995, Former Iron Butterfly bassist Philip "Taylor" Kramer disappears inMalibu,California, while driving toLos AngelesInternationalAirport to pick up a friend. His remains are discovered at the bottom of a ravine, inside a wrecked minivan, on May 29th, 1999. Kramer was 42 when he vanished.
  • 1997 U2 holds a press conference at a Kmart inNew York City to announce their upcoming PopMart world tour.
  • 1998, An appeals panel reinstated Canadian snowboarder Ross Rebagliati's gold medal a day after he was stripped of the honor for testing positive for marijuana.
  • 1999, the Senate voted to acquit President Bill Clinton of perjury and obstruction of justice charges, in his five-week impeachment trial related to the Monica Lewinsky scandal, ending the second Presidential impeachment trial in history.
  • 2000, Michelle Kwan won her third straight U.S. Figure Skating Championship Crown.
  • 2000, Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz dies at age 77.
  • 2001 A computer virus masquerading as a photo of tennis hottie Anna Kournikova wreaks havoc on computers across North America andEurope.
  • 2001 A Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals judge inSan Francisco rules that music downloading service Napster had knowledge of copyright infringement by people using their software, but refuses to order the service from stopping all file-sharing.
  • 2002 Former Enron chairman Kenneth Lay refuses to testify at a Senate hearing on the collapse of the energy giant.
  • 2004 Metallica frontman James Hetfield hosts the first half of a two-part, two-hour look at the National Hockey League team, the Colorado Avalanche, for ESPN.
  • 2004 Queens Of The Stone Age officially announce that they have parted ways with longtime bassist Nick Oliveri.
  • 2005 The late Joe Strummer of the Clash is saluted in England with a train in his name. The diesel engine Locomotive Joe Strummer is unveiled by his widow Lucinda during a ceremony at Bristol Temple Meads station inAvon,England.
  • 2008 The original lineup of Limp Bizkit, including guitarist Wes Borland, announces that it has regrouped to work together for the first time since 2000.
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