Rabbi's On This Day: Friday, February 22, 2013
Posted 2/22/2013 12:00:00 PM

Friday, February 22, 2013

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS:

  • Drew Barrymore (actress, Big Miracle, 50 First Dates, the Charlie's Angels movies, Never Been Kissed, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Scream, The Wedding Singer) (38)
  • Julius "Dr. J" Erving (NBA Hall Of Famer) (63)
  • Kyle MacLachlan (actor, Twin Peaks, Blue Velvet, Sex And The City, The Doors, Showgirls, currently on ABC's Desperate Housewives) (54)
  • Don Pardo (TV announcer best known for being the voice of Saturday Night Live) (95)
  • Jeri Ryan (actress, Star Trek: Voyager's Seven Of Nine, Boston Public) (45)
  • Ellen Greene (actress, Next Stop Greenwich Village, Little Shop Of Horrors) (62)
  • James Blunt (British pop musician) (39)
  • Julie Walters (actress, Educating Rita, Buster, Billy Elliot, Molly Weasley in the Harry Potter movies) (63)
  • Rachel Dratch (actress, Saturday Night Live, Down With Love, Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star) (47)
  • Bobby Hendricks (member of the Drifters) (75)
  • Jonathan Demme (Oscar-winning director, The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, Beloved, Rachel Getting Married, Stop Making Sense, Neil Young: Heart of Gold) (69)
  • Thomas Jane (actor, Boogie Nights, The Punisher, The Mist, Hung) (44)

ON THIS DAY:

  • 1732, George Washington, the first president of theUnited States, was born.
  • 1819, the U.S. and Spain signed the Florida Purchase Treaty, in which Spain agreed to give up the remainder of its old province of Florida to the United States.
  • 1879, Frank Winfield Woolworth opened a five-and-dime store inUtica,New York, the first of the Woolworth's stores. The chain announced its closing in 1997.
  • 1889, President Grover Cleveland signed a bill to admit the Dakotas,Montana, andWashington state to theUnion.
  • 1900,Hawaii became aU.S. territory.
  • 1924, Calvin Coolidge delivered the first presidential radio broadcast from the White House.
  • 1932 Massachusetts senator Edward "Ted" Kennedy is born. He dies in 2009.
  • 1934 Sparky Anderson (Baseball Hall-Of-Famer and the only manager to win the World Series in each league) is born. He dies in November 2010.
  • 1967 The Jimi Hendrix Experience opens for the Soft Machine at the Roundhouse inLondon.
  • 1968, "The Silent Sun" by Genesis is released. It's the group's debut single.
  • 1970, "Instant Karma" by John Ono Lennon is released.
  • 1975, "#9 Dream" by John Lennon peaks at Number Nine on the pop chart.
  • 1975, "Some Kind Of Wonderful" by Grand Funk Railroad peaks at Number Three on the pop chart.
  • 1977, "New Kid In Town" by the Eagles hits Number One on the pop chart.
  • 1980, in a stunning upset, theU.S. Olympic hockey team defeated the Soviets by a score of 4-3 at the Winter Olympics inLake Placid,New York. TheU.S. team went on to win the gold medal.
  • 1987, Artist Andy Warhol died at the age of 58.
  • 1989 Metallica becomes the first metal band to ever perform at the Grammy Awards, when they play their song "One."
  • 1989 Shocking the music world and embarrassing the Recording Academy, Jethro Tull won the first Hard Rock/Metal Performance Grammy for Crest Of A Knave, topping a field that also included Metallica.
  • 1994, the Justice Department charged 31-year CIA veteran Aldrich Ames and his wife Rosario with sellingU.S. national security secrets to theSoviet Union.
  • 1994, Violinist Papa John Creach of the Jefferson Airplane and the Jefferson Starship dies at age 76.
  • 1997 "Discotheque" by U2 enters the pop chart at its peak position of Number 10.
  • 1999 Kiss shoot the photos for their Got Milk? ad campaign.
  • 2000 Bono and Sting are both given the Rock The Vote Patrick Lippert Award during a ceremony at the House Of Blues inLos Angeles.
  • 2002 Queen Of The Damned, based on the novel by Anne Rice and starring Stuart Townsend and the late Aaliyah, opens nationwide. Korn singer Jonathan Davis writes and provides the vocals for the songs performed in the film by Townsend's character, the vampire rock star Lestat.
  • 2003 Bush's Gavin Rossdale, former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash, Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider, Fuel singer Bret Scallions, and surprise guest Kid Rock all take the stage to jam together at a Rock The Vote event inNew York City.
  • 2003, Paul McCartney is paid $1 million to perform at a birthday party in San Diego. He donates the fee to Adopt-A-Minefield, the anti-landmine charity he and his now ex-wife Heather Mills had championed.
  • 2004 Puddle Of Mudd frontman Wes Scantlin is arrested for disorderly conduct inToledo,Ohio. Four songs into their set at a local club, Scantlin abruptly announces that he was "too f***ed up" to play and stops the show. While the rest of the band leaves the stage, Scantlin remains for a half hour, shouting insults and curses at the audience until he is arrested.
  • 2005 Following several days of rumors that Blink-182 had broken up, the band announces that they're going on "indefinite hiatus."
  • 2005 Korn officially announces that founding guitarist Brian "Head" Welch has left the band after 13 years to devote his life to Christianity.
  • 2005 Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme begins coughing up blood in hisParis hotel room, forcing the band to cancel the rest of their European tour. Homme is diagnosed with a serious lung infection.
  • 2006 The surviving members of Alice In Chains announce they are regrouping for at least one live performance, with more dates in Europe andNorth America eventually confirmed.
  • 2007 Godsmack singer Sully Erna publishes a memoir titled The Paths We Choose.
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