Rabbi's On This Day: Thursday, February 21, 2013
Posted 2/21/2013 12:00:00 PM

Thursday, February 21, 2013


  • Ellen Page (Oscar-nominated actress, Hard Candy, X-Men3: The Last Stand, Juno, Inception) (26)
  • Corbin Bleu (actor, High School Musical) (24)
  • William Baldwin (actor, Backdraft, Sliver, Fair Game, ABC's Dirty Sexy Money; brother of Alec, Daniel, and Stephen Baldwin) (50)
  • Charlotte Church (Welsh singer) (27)
  • Tyne Daly (actress, Judging Amy's Maxine Gray) (67)
  • Kelsey Grammer (actor, Boss, Cheers, Frasier, X3: The Last Stand) (58)
  • Jennifer Love Hewitt (actress, Party Of Five, I Know What You Did Last Summer, The Ghost Whisperer) (34)
  • Mary Chapin Carpenter (country singer) (55)
  • Alan Rickman (actor, Die Hard, Galaxy Quest, Snape in the Harry Potter movies, Sweeney Todd) (67)
  • David Geffen (legendary record executive) (70)
  • Anthony Daniels (actor, the man inside C-3PO in the Star Wars movies) (67)
  • Jerry Harrison (guitarist-keyboardist, Talking Heads) (64)
  • William Petersen (actor, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation's Grissom, The Skulls, Fear) (60)
  • Jack Coleman (actor, Noah Bennet on Heroes) (55)
  • Ashley Greene (Twilight's Alice Cullen) (26)
  • Eric Wilson (bassist, Sublime) (44)
  • Chuck Palahniuk (author, Fight Club, Choke, Lullaby) (51)


  • 1848, The Communist Manifesto, written by Karl Marx with the assistance of Friedrich Engels, was published in London by a group of German revolutionary socialists.
  • 1885, theWashingtonMonument was dedicated.
  • 1947, Edwin H. Land first demonstrated hisPolaroidLand camera, which used self-developing film that produced a black-and-white photograph in 60 seconds.
  • 1958, The first Gibson Flying V guitar is shipped from the company's factory inKalamazoo,Michigan.
  • 1961, The Beatles play their first show at the Cavern Club inLiverpool.
  • 1965, Activist and civil rights leader Malcolm X is assassinated at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City at age 39.
  • 1966, "Nowhere Man" b/w "What Goes On" by the Beatles is released.
  • 1972, President Richard Nixon landed inBeijing, beginning his historic visit to Communist China.
  • 1981 "Back In Black" by AC/DC peaks at Number 37 on the pop chart.
  • 1981, Hi Infidelity by REO Speedwagon hits Number One on the album chart, where it spends 15 weeks.
  • 1986, "Silent Running" by Mike & the Mechanics peaks at Number Six on the pop chart.
  • 1986, in defiance of Cincinnati Reds policy, pitcher Rollie Fingers refused to shave off his trademark handlebar mustache. Instead, he retired from baseball.
  • 1988, disgraced televangelist Jimmy Swaggart choked back tears as he confessed before his congregation that he had "sinned" with a prostitute.
  • 1992 Completing the sentence for his 1991 indecent exposure charge, actor Paul Reubens, better known as Pee Wee Herman, produces a public service video warning kids about the dangers of taking illegal drugs.
  • 1992 While Pearl Jam is playing inManchester,England, their manager is held at knifepoint and their tour bus is robbed by a youth gang.
  • 1994 Nine Inch Nails releases The Downward Spiral.
  • 1997 The "Special Edition" of The Empire Strikes Back arrives in theatres.
  • 2000, David Letterman returned to his late-night TV show five weeks after having an emergency quintuple heart bypass operation.
  • 2001 At the 43rd Annual Grammy Awards, U2 takes home trophies for Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, and Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for "Beautiful Day"; Creed wins Best Rock Song for "With Arms Wide Open"; and Foo Fighters walk away with Best Rock Album for There Is Nothing Left To Lose.
  • 2002, the U.S. State Department said that the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan had seen graphic, videotaped evidence that kidnapped Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was dead.
  • 2003 U2 frontman Bono is named MusiCares Person Of The Year.
  • 2006 Kid Rock wins a temporary restraining order against the company that's planning to release a video featuring Rock and former Creed singer Scott Stapp engaging in explicit sex acts with four women.
  • 2008 Linkin Park plays an intimate, six-song show for contest winners and record label staff at the Apple Store in the downtownSoho district of Manhattan.
  • 2008 Paramore scraps the last six dates of its European tour and returns home to deal with "a lot of internal issues that have been going on in this band for quite a while now," according to a message posted online by singer Hayley Williams. The band denies it is breaking up.
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