Rabbi's On This Day: Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Posted 2/20/2013 12:00:00 PM

Wednesday, February 20, 2013


  • Rihanna (singer) (25)
  • Charles Barkley (retired NBA All-Star bad boy) (50)
  • Cindy Crawford (supermodel) (47)
  • Sandy Duncan (actress) (67)
  • Phil Esposito (hockey Hall-Of-Famer) (71)
  • Patty Hearst (actress/celebrity, newspaper heiress who was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army in 1974 and later took part in a bank robbery with them) (59)
  • Sidney Poitier (actor, In The Heat Of The Night, Guess Who's Coming To Dinner?, Let's Do It Again, Little Nikita) (86)
  • French Stewart (actor, 3rd Rock from the Sun) (49)
  • Ivana Trump (Donald Trump's first ex-wife) (64)
  • Bobby Unser (auto racer) (79)
  • Gloria Vanderbilt (socialite fashion designer, also mother of Anderson Cooper) (89)
  • Lili Taylor (actress, Mystic Pizza, High Fidelity, The Haunting, I Shot Andy Warhol, Lisa on Six Feet Under) (46)
  • Andrew Shue (actor, Billy Campbell on Melrose Place) (46)
  • Brenda Blethyn (actress, Little Voice, Secrets & Lies, Atonement, Pride & Prejudice) (67)
  • Walter Becker (guitarist, Steely Dan) (63)
  • J. Geils (guitarist, the J. Geils Band) (67)
  • Nancy Wilson (jazz singer) (76)
  • Lauren Ambrose (actress, In & Out, Can't Hardly Wait, Six Feet Under) (35)
  • Brian Littrell (member of the Backstreet Boys) (38)
  • Jay Hernandez (actor, Crazy/Beautiful, World Trade Center, Grindhouse, Friday Night Lights) (35)
  • Anthony Stewart Head (actor, Buffy The Vampire Slayer's Rupert Giles) (59)
  • Richard Matheson (author, I Am Legend, The Shrinking Man, Stir of Echoes, Duel) (87)


  • 1792, President George Washington signed an act creating the U.S. Post Office.
  • 1809, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the power of the federal government is greater than that of any individual state.
  • 1862, President Abraham Lincoln's 11-year-old son Willie died from fever, probably caused by polluted drinking water in the White House.Lincoln was plunged into deep despair and grief.
  • 1872, The Metropolitan Museum Of Art opened inNew York City.
  • 1950 Tony Wilson, co-founder of Factory Records whose signings of Joy Division and the Happy Mondays helped put theManchester,England music scene on the map, is born. He dies in 2007.
  • 1951, Spirit singer-guitarist Randy California is born. He dies in 1997.
  • 1962, astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit Earth in his Friendship Seven Mercury capsule.
  • 1965, "Heart Of Stone" by the Rolling Stones peaks at Number 19 on the pop chart.
  • 1967, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain is born. He dies in 1994.
  • 1976 The members of Kiss place their footprints in concrete on the pavement outside Grauman's Chinese Theater onHollywood Boulevard inHollywood.
  • 1982, "Abacab" by Genesis peaks at Number 26 on the pop chart.
  • 1982, Pat Benatar marries her guitarist and producer Neil Giraldo on the Hawaiianisland ofMaui. They have two children, and remain happily married.
  • 1988 "It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" by R.E.M. peaks at Number 69 on the pop chart.
  • 1992, Actor Dick York (the first Darren on Bewitched) dies at age 63.
  • 1995 Blur becomes the first band to ever win four prizes at the British Music Awards. The British press reports that the band amuse themselves during the awards dinner by throwing bread rolls at Prince.
  • 1996, gangsta rapper Snoop Dogg and his former bodyguard were acquitted of murder in the 1993 shooting death of an alleged gang member.
  • 1998, Fifteen-year-old Tara Lipinski of the U.S. won the ladies' figure skating title at Nagano, Japan, becoming the youngest gold medalist in Winter Olympics history.
  • 1999, Movie critic Gene Siskel dies at age 53.
  • 2000, The Fox TV network canceled the scheduled rebroadcast of its highly rated special Who Wants To Marry A Multimillionaire? after learning that the groom, Rick Rockwell, was once accused of hitting and threatening to kill an ex-girlfriend, accusations Rockwell denied.
  • 2001 Beck releases a self-titled collection of B-sides and remixes through his website, limited to only 5,000 copies.
  • 2001 Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters is named Best Male Rock Guitarist, ex-Hole member Melissa Auf Der Maur is named Best Female Bassist, and Adam Clayton of U2 is named Best Male Bassist at the Orville H. Gibson Guitar Awards inLos Angeles.
  • 2003 P.O.D. splits with founding guitarist Marcos Curiel. He is replaced by Jason Truby.
  • 2003 The White Stripes move the release date of their fourth album, Elephant, from April 15th to April 1st, due to Internet leaks.
  • 2003, One hundred people die and 200 are injured as a result of a fire during a performance from Great White at The Station nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island.  The band's guitarist, Ty Longley, is among the dead.
  • 2005 Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler announces that he and his wife Teresa are splitting up after 17 years.
  • 2005, Author Hunter S. Thompson (Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas) dies at age 67.
  • 2006 Avenged Sevenfold's third album, City Of Evil, is certified gold for sales of more than 500,000 copies.
  • 2007 Ex-Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro and his wife of three years, actress/model Carmen Electra, finalize their divorce in Los Angeles Superior Court.
  • 2007 The previously announced Van Halen reunion tour with original frontman David Lee Roth gets postponed "indefinitely," although it eventually takes place later in the year.
  • 2008 Foo Fighters take home a pair of honors at the annual Brit Awards in London, winning best international band and best international album for Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace.
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