Rabbi's On This Day: Thursday, February 14, 2013
Posted 2/14/2013 12:00:00 PM

Thursday, February 14, 2013


  • Hugh Downs (Newscaster, former 20/20 host) (92)
  • Pat O'Brien (TV host, The Insider, Access Hollywood, CBS Sports, currently a radio host on Fox Sports Radio) (65)
  • Florence Henderson (actress, The Brady Bunch's Carol Brady) (79)
  • Teller (Magician & illusionist, Penn Jillette's silent partner in the magic act Penn & Teller) (65)
  • Meg Tilly (actress, The Big Chill, Agnes of God) (53)
  • Rob Thomas (musician, singer of Matchbox 20) (41)
  • Carl Bernstein (reporter, author-investigative journalist, broke the Watergate scandal with Bob Woodward; All The President's Men) (69)
  • Michael Bloomberg (Mayor of New York City) (71)
  • Maceo Parker (musician, James Brown's legendary sax man) (70)
  • Alan Parker (director, Pink Floyd The Wall, Midnight Express, Fame, The Commitments, Evita, Mississippi Burning) (69)
  • Simon Pegg (actor, screenwriter, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Star Trek, Paul, Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol, Star Trek Into Darkness, Run Fatboy Run) (43)
  • Freddie Highmore (English actor, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Finding Neverland, August Rush, The Spiderwick Chronicles) (21)
  • Erica Leerhsen (actress, the 2003 version of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) (37)


  • 1849, James K. Polk becomes the first U.S. President to have his photograph taken. It happens in New York City.
  • 1859, Oregon becomes the 33rd U.S. State.
  • 1876, Alexander Graham Bell applies for the patent for the telephone.
  • 1912, Arizona is admitted as the 48th U.S. state.
  • 1912, In Groton, Connecticut, the first diesel powered submarine is commissioned.
  • 1913, Teamsters Union boss Jimmy Hoffa is born. He disappears in 1975 and is presumed dead.
  • 1920, the League Of Women Voters is founded in Chicago.
  • 1922 DJ Murray The K, "The Fifth Beatle," is born. He dies in 1982.
  • 1927 Actress Lois Maxwell, who played Miss Moneypenny in the James Bond movies for 23 years, is born. She dies in 2007.
  • 1929, the St. Valentine's Day Massacre occurs in Chicago when mob boss "Scarface" Al Capone's gang guns down seven members of a rival gang in a garage.
  • 1931, The movie Dracula, starring Bela Lugosi, opens.
  • 1946 Actor-singer-dancer Gregory Hines (History Of The World Part I, White Nights, Running Scared, Will & Grace) is born. He dies in 2003.
  • 1951, Sugar Ray Robinson defeats Jake LaMotta to win the world middleweight title in Chicago. It's the first time a welterweight champion beats a middleweight champion.
  • 1958 The government of Iran bans rock music as being against the concepts of Islam. It is also declared a health hazard.
  • 1970, The Who record their Live At Leeds album at Leeds University in Yorkshire, England.
  • 1976, "Evil Woman" by the Electric Light Orchestra peaks at Number 10 on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1977, The B-52's play their first gig, at a greenhouse on the grounds of the University Of Georgia in Athens.
  • 1978, Dire Straits begin recording their first album in London.
  • 1981, "Hey Nineteen" by Steely Dan peaks at Number 10 on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1981, "Flash's Theme" (also known as "Flash") by Queen peaks at Number 42 on the pop chart.
  • 1984, Elton John marries a woman named Renate Blauel in Sydney, Australia. They divorce amicably in late 1988.
  • 1987, "Livin' On A Prayer" by Bon Jovi hits Number One on the pop chart, where it stays for four weeks.
  • 1987, "We're Ready" by Boston peaks at Number Nine on the pop chart.
  • 1989, boxer Mike Tyson and actress Robin Givens are divorced.
  • 1989, Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini orders Muslims to kill author Salman Rushdie for his book The Satanic Verses, which Khomeini considers blasphemous to Islam. Iran lifts the order in 1998.
  • 1989, Union Carbide agrees to pay $470 million to the government of India in a court-ordered settlement of the deadly 1984 Bhopal gas leak disaster.
  • 1989 R.E.M.'s album Green is certified platinum.
  • 1991 Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan are married. They later divorce.
  • 1991 The Silence Of The Lambs, starring Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins, opens in theatres nationwide. It later wins Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay.
  • 1992 Motley Crue announces the departure of lead singer Vince Neil.
  • 1997 Tool's second full-length album, Aenima, is certified platinum.
  • 1997, David Bowie offers investors a chance to profit from future sales from his back catalog by purchasing "Bowie Bonds."
  • 1998 The Wedding Singer, starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, opens across the country.
  • 2001, the heads of ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, Fox, and the Associated Press testify before a House committee as part of a congressional inquiry into their 2000 election-night mistakes in Florida. They agree not to call a winner until all the polls in a state are closed and pledge changes in their election coverage processes to avoid future errors.
  • 2002 U2 frontman Bono is honored for his philanthropic efforts at a Hollywood event featuring performances by No Doubt and R.E.M. The affair, dubbed Love Rocks: Celebrating The Biggest Hearts In Entertainment, takes place at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles.
  • 2003, Beatles recordings from the sessions for Abbey Road and The Beatles, as well as album artwork, are recovered from a home in Sydney, Australia, more than 30 years after they were stolen from the band's London studios.
  • 2003, The Dead -- former Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann -- plays The Warfield Theatre in San Francisco. It's the first show for the group since changing its name from the Other Ones.
  • 2003 Daredevil, based on the Marvel comic book and starring Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, opens in theatres nationwide.
  • 2006 Organizers confirm that Lollapalooza will return for a second summer to Chicago's Grant Park as a "destination festival."
  • 2006 Us Weekly reports that Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst has been dumped by fiancee Leyla Bearman after a one-month engagement.
  • 2007 Fall Out Boy's latest album, Infinity On High, debuts at Number One on the Billboard 200 album chart with first-week sales of 260,000 copies.
  • 2007 Muse is named Best British Live Act at the Brit Awards, the U.K. equivalent to the Grammys, while the Killers win Best International Group and Best International Album for their second effort, Sam's Town.
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