Rabbi's On This Day: Sunday, February 17, 2013
Posted 2/17/2013 12:00:00 PM

Sunday, February 17, 2013


  • Paris Hilton (socialite-reality TV star, famous for doing nothing) (32)
  • Jim Brown (actor-football Hall Of Famer NFL running back, Original Gangstas, Mars Attacks!, Any Given Sunday) (77)
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt (actor, 50/50, Inception, 500 Days of Summer, "Tommy Solomon" from 3rd Rock From The Sun, 10 Things I Hate About You, Miracle At St. Anna, G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra, Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, Looper) (32)
  • Hal Holbrook (actor, All The President's Men, The Star Chamber, Designing Women, Wall Street, The Firm, Into the Wild; husband of Dixie Carter) (88)
  • Michael Jordan (basketball superstar player) (50)
  • Mary Ann Mobley (actress, MissAmerica 1959) (74)
  • Jerry O'Connell (actor, Stand By Me, Jerry Maguire, Calendar Girl, Sliders, Scream 2, Crossing Jordan, Piranha 3D) (39)
  • Rene Russo (actress, Get Shorty, The Thomas Crown Affair, Mr. Destiny, Ransom, Lethal Weapon 3 and 4, In The Line Of Fire, Thor) (59)
  • Jason Ritter (actor, Parenthood, The Even, Swimfan, Joan Of Arcadia; son of the late John Ritter) (33)
  • Billie Joe Armstrong (punk rock singer-guitarist, of Green Day) (41)
  • Chante Moore (R&B singer) (46)
  • Lou Diamond Phillips (actor, La Bamba, Stand and Deliver, Young Guns) (51)
  • Denise Richards (actress, Starship Troopers, Wild Things, The World Is Not Enough, Scary Movie 3, Love Actually, Denise Richards: It's Complicated; ex-wife of Charlie Sheen) (42)
  • Dominic Purcell (actor, Prison Break) (43)
  • Rickey Medlocke (singer-guitarist, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Blackfoot) (63)
  • Larry The Cable Guy (comedian) (50)
  • Bobby Lewis ("Tossin' & Turnin'") (80, disputed)
  • Dodie Stevens ("Pink Shoelaces") (67)
  • Michael Bay (director, Bad Boys I & II, Armageddon, Coyote Ugly, The Rock, Pearl Harbor, Transformers movies) (48)
  • Chord Overstreet (actor, Glee) (24)
  • Taylor Hawkins (drummer, Foo Fighters) (41)
  • Tim Mahoney (guitarist, 311) (43)


  • 1801, the U.S. House Of Representatives broke an electoral tie between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr, electing Jefferson president and Burr vice president.
  • 1933, The first issue of Newsweek magazine is published.
  • 1953, Boston Rex Sox superstar and military pilot Ted Williams was uninjured when his plane was shot down inKorea.
  • 1964, the Supreme Court issued its "one man, one vote" decision in Westberry v. Sanders, saying congressional districts in each state had to be roughly equal in population.
  • 1972, Pink Floyd premieres The Dark Side Of The Moon in concert at London's Rainbow Theater -- more than a year before the album is released.
  • 1972, President Richard Nixon left on his historic trip to Communist China.
  • 1973, Free plays their last show, at the Hollywood Sportatorium in Hollywood, Florida. Frontman Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke go on to form Bad Company.
  • 1976, Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975) by the Eagles is released.
  • 1979, "Lotta Love" by Nicolette Larson peaks at Number Eight on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks. The song was written by old friend Neil Young.
  • 1979, Keyboardist Keith Godchaux and his wife, singer Donna Godchaux, play their last show with the Grateful Dead, at the Oakland Coliseum Arena inOakland,California.
  • 1988 A 12-year-old Motley Crue fan sets his legs on fire while attempting to imitate a stunt on their Live Wire video. The band offers their condolences and says their stunts shouldn't be tried at home.
  • 1989 Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale marries actress-model Tawny Kitaen. They divorce in 1991.
  • 1990 Aerosmith performs on Saturday Night Live and takes part in a "Wayne's World" sketch.
  • 1992 Jeffrey Dahmer is sentenced to 15 life terms for each of the people he's killed and cannibalized.
  • 1995 R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe announces the launch of his film production company, Single Cell Pictures.
  • 1995, Long Island Railroad shooter Colin Ferguson was convicted of six counts of murder for the December 1993 attack that killed six people and wounded 19. He is sentenced to a minimum of 200 years in prison.
  • 1996, world chess champion Garry Kasparov beat IBM supercomputer "Deep Blue," winning a six-game match. Kasparov lost the first game, won the second, fifth and sixth games, and earned draws in the third and fourth.
  • 1999 Pearl Jam's Live On Two Legs album is certified gold.
  • 2003 Queens Of The Stone Age's third album, Songs For The Deaf, becomes their first gold record, while the single "No One Knows" hits Number One on the Modern Rock chart.
  • 2004 Senator Zell Miller of Georgia slams Kid Rock for the American flag poncho he wore during the Super Bowl half-time show on February 1st.
  • 2004 The Darkness wins three prizes at the Brit Awards, including Best British Group, Best British Rock Act, and Best British Album.
  • 2005 Motley Crue brings its Red, White & Crue tour to the mainland U.S., playing in Sunrise, Florida, after opening three days earlier in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
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