Rabbi's On This Day: Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Posted 2/26/2013 12:00:00 PM

Tuesday, February 26, 2013


  • Fats Domino (R&B and jazz singer, pianist, and composer) (85)
  • Michael Bolton (singer) (60)
  • Jennifer Grant (actress, daughter of Cary Grant, appeared as Celeste on Beverly Hills, 90210) (47)
  • Ky-mani Marley (reggae artist and son of Bob Marley) (37)
  • Jonathan Cain (keyboardist, Journey; former keyboardist, the Babys) (63)
  • Paul Cotton (singer-guitarist, Poco) (70)
  • Mitch Ryder (of the Detroit Wheels) (68)
  • Teresa Palmer (actress, Bedtime Stories, Take Me Home Tonight, I Am Number Four, The Sorcerer's Apprentice) (27)
  • Tim Commerford (bassist, Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave) (44)


  • 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte escaped from theisland ofElba to begin his second conquest ofFrance.
  • 1829 Levi Strauss, blue jeans creator, is born. He dies in 1902.
  • 1916 Actor Jackie Gleason (The Honeymooners, The Hustler, the Smokey And The Bandit movies) is born. He dies in 1987.
  • 1919, Congress establishedGrand CanyonNational Park inArizona.
  • 1920 Actor Tony Randall (The Odd Couple) is born. He dies in 2004.
  • 1932, Country music titan Johnny Cash is born. He dies in 2003.
  • 1935, Babe Ruth was released by the New York Yankees to sign with the Boston Braves.
  • 1936, Adolf Hitler opened the first factory for the production of the "People's Car," the Volkswagen, inSaxony,Germany.
  • 1945, A midnight curfew on night clubs, bars, and other places of entertainment was set to go into effect across the nation. It did not.
  • 1945, Canned Heat lead singer Bob "The Bear" Hite is born. He dies in 1981.
  • 1951, the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, limiting a president to two terms in office.
  • 1952, Prime Minister Winston Churchill announced thatBritain had developed its own atomic bomb.
  • 1955, Billboard magazine reported that for the first time since their introduction in 1949, 45-rpm discs were outselling the old standard 78-rpm records.
  • 1965, Norman Butler was arrested for the murder of Malcolm X.
  • 1972, Fragile by Yes peaks at Number Four on the album chart, where it stays for four weeks.
  • 1977 "Hard Luck Woman" by Kiss peaks at Number 15 on the pop chart.
  • 1977, "New Kid In Town" by the Eagles hits Number One on the pop chart.
  • 1983, "Stray Cat Strut" by the Stray Cats peaks at Number Three on the pop chart, where it stays for three weeks.
  • 1983, Michael Jackson's Thriller album hit Number One on the U.S. album chart, where it stayed for 37 weeks on its way to selling more than 40 million copies worldwide.
  • 1991, Kuwaiti resistance leaders declared themselves in control of their capital, following nearly seven months of Iraqi occupation. Iraqi President Saddam Hussein announced on Baghdad Radio that he had ordered his forces to withdraw fromKuwait.
  • 1993, a van packed with a 1,210-pound terrorist bomb explodes in an underground parking garage of the World Trade Center in New York City, killing six people, wounding more than 1,000 others, and causing $591 million in damage. The mastermind behind the attack, Ramzi Ahmed Yousef, was later found and convicted, along with other associates.
  • 1994 Actor-comedian Bill Hicks dies at age 32.
  • 1999 Creed's My Own Prison and the Offspring's Americana are both certified triple platinum.
  • 2001 David Bowie, Moby, Patti Smith, Natalie Merchant, Dave Matthews, and many others perform at the annual Tibet House benefit concert inNew York City.
  • 2001 Karen McNeil, serial stalker of Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose, is found guilty of violating her probation after trespassing at least six more times on the singer's property.
  • 2001 U2 is named Best International Group and is given the Outstanding Contribution To Music Award at the annual Brit Awards in London, while Coldplay nabs awards for Best British Band and Best British Album.
  • 2002 The annual Orville H. Gibson Guitar Awards are handed out. U2 is the big winner, as the Edge is named best rock guitarist, Adam Clayton wins the best bassist award, and the group is named best guitar band.
  • 2002 The Dave Matthews Band is honored for its humanitarian efforts at the Rock The Vote Patrick Lippert Awards at the House Of Blues inLos Angeles.
  • 2002 The Recording Artists Coalition holds a series of Concerts For Artists' Rights in Southern California. Beck, Eddie Vedder, and Mike Ness of Social Distortion play at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles, while No Doubt, the Offspring, and Weezer are at the Long Beach Arena inLong Beach.
  • 2005 Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster wins the prize for Best Documentary at the IFP Independent Spirit Awards, held inSanta Monica,California.
  • 2006 U2 frontman Bono is nominated for the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize.
  • 2008 Maxim magazine apologizes for publishing a negative review of the new Black Crowes album, called Warpaint, without the writer having heard the entire CD.
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