Rabbi's On This Day: Saturday, February 23, 2013
Posted 2/23/2013 12:00:00 PM

Saturday, February 23, 2013


  • Peter Fonda (actor, Easy Rider, Race With The Devil, Escape From L.A., Ghost Rider; 3:10 to Yuma; son of Henry Fonda; brother of Jane Fonda; father of Bridget Fonda) (73, disputed)
  • Patricia Richardson (actress, played Jill Taylor on ABC's Home Improvement) (62)
  • Dakota Fanning (actress, The Cat In The Hat, Man On Fire, Hide And Seek, War Of The Worlds, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, The Runaways) (19)
  • Brad Whitford (guitarist, Aerosmith) (61)
  • Howard Jones ('80s synth-pop star, "No One Is To Blame," "Things Can Only Get Better," "What Is Love?"; toured with Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band) (58)
  • Kristin Davis (Charlotte on Sex And The City) (48)
  • Johnny Winter (legendary blues guitarist , rock musician) (69)
  • Kelly Macdonald (actress, Trainspotting, No Country For Old Men, Boardwalk Empire) (37)
  • Emily Blunt (actress, The Devil Wears Prada, The Young Victoria, The Wolfman, Gnomeo & Juliet, The Adjustment Bureau, The Five-Year Engagement; married to John Krasinski of The Office) (30)
  • Steve Priest (bassist, Sweet) (65, disputed)
  • Terry "Tex" Comer (bassist, Ace) (64)
  • Aziz Ansari (actor/comedian, Parks and Recreation, 30 Minutes or Less, Observe and Report, I Love You, Man, Funny People) (30)
  • Michael Wilton (guitarist, Queensryche) (51)
  • Michael Dell (founder and CEO, Dell Computers) (48)


  • 1836, 4,000 Mexican troops, under the leadership of President General Antonio Lopez De Santa Anna, began a siege of the fortified Alamo mission in San Antonio, Texas.
  • 1861, President-elect Abraham Lincoln arrived secretly inWashington to take office, after an assassination plot was foiled inBaltimore.
  • 1896, the Tootsie Roll was introduced.
  • 1932 Actress Majel Barrett Roddenberry (Star Trek's Nurse Chapel; widow of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry) is born. She dies in 2008.
  • 1945, duringWorld War II,U.S. Marines on Iwo Jima capturedMount Suribachi, where they raised the American flag. The scene was captured in a famous photo.
  • 1960, demolition of Ebbets Field, the former home of the Brooklyn Dodgers, began.
  • 1964, The Beatles make the third of their three consecutive Sunday night appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show.
  • 1965 Actor Stan Laurel (the skinny member of Laurel & Hardy) dies at age 74.
  • 1965, Shooting begins in the Bahamas for the Beatles' second film, Help!
  • 1974, "Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)" by the Rolling Stones peaks at Number 15 on the pop chart.
  • 1974, "Midnight Rider" by Gregg Allman, his solo version of the Allman Brothers Band hit, peaks at Number 19 on the pop chart.
  • 1980, "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" by Queen hits Number One on the pop chart, where it stays for four weeks.
  • 1980, "I Don't Like Mondays" by the Boomtown Rats peaks at Number 73 on the pop chart.
  • 1985, "Rockin' At Midnight" by the Honeydrippers, featuring Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, and Jeff Beck, peaks at Number 25 on the pop chart.
  • 1985, Indiana basketball coach Bobby Knight was ejected five minutes into the Hoosiers' 72-63 loss to Purdue after he threw a chair across the court.
  • 1992 Anthrax make their TV debut, playing themselves, on Married... With Children.
  • 1993, former Diff'rent Strokes actor Gary Coleman won a $1.28 million lawsuit against his parents for misappropriation of his trust fund.
  • 1996, actress Halle Berry divorced baseball player David Justice.
  • 1997, Scottish scientists announced they had cloned an adult sheep, producing a lamb named Dolly, the first mammal successfully cloned from an adult animal.
  • 1999 Hole's Courtney Love walks away with the best female rock guitarist honor, while bandmate Melissa auf der Maur picks up the prize for best female bassist, at the 1999 Orville H. Gibson Awards, held at the Hard Rock Cafe in Los Angeles.
  • 1999 Lit releases A Place In The Sun.
  • 1999, a Jasper, Texas, jury convicted white supremacist John William King of murder in the dragging death of a black man, James Byrd, Jr. King was later sentenced to death.
  • 2000 At the Grammy Awards, Black Sabbath wins for "Iron Man" from their live album Reunion, while Metallica wins Best Hard Rock Performance for "Whiskey In The Jar."
  • 2000 U2 frontman Bono met Italian leaders inRome to discuss the cancellation of the debts of the world's poorest countries.
  • 2003 The Clash and late frontman Joe Strummer are saluted at the Grammy Awards when Nirvana drummer/Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, No Doubt bassist Tony Kanal, E Street Band guitarist Little Steven, and Elvis Costello play "London Calling."
  • 2003, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers bassist Howie Epstein dies at age 47.
  • 2004 Velvet Revolver vocalist Scott Weiland begins his trial on charges of driving under the influence of drugs.
  • 2004, Long-time Peter Frampton keyboardist-guitarist Bob Mayo dies at age 52.
  • 2005 Damageplan and Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul joins Disturbed and Anthrax onstage at a Chicago benefit concert held in memory of Paul's late brother, Damageplan and Pantera guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott.
  • 2006 Coldplay's "Speed Of Sound" becomes the billionth song downloaded at Apple's iTunes Music Store.
  • 2006 Up-and-coming U.K. group Arctic Monkeys is named both Best British Band and Best New Band at the Shockwaves NME Awards in London, the first time in the event's history that the same act has won both awards.
  • 2009 Rob Zombie begins principal photography on Halloween 2, the sequel to his 2007 hit remake of the horror classic.
  • 2011 British trio Muse wins big at the NME Awards inLondon, walking off with honors for Best Band for the second year in a row and third time overall.
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