Rabbi's On This Day: Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Posted 2/27/2013 12:00:00 PM

Wednesday, February 27, 2013


  • Chelsea Clinton (former first daughter of Bill and Hillary Clinton) (33)
  • Howard Hesseman (actor, WKRP In Cincinnati's Dr. Johnny Fever) (73)
  • Ralph Nader (consumer advocate, independent ran for president in 2000 and in 2004) (79)
  • Ariel Sharon (former Israeli Prime Minister, who is now in a coma after a stroke) (85)
  • Joanne Woodward (actress, The Long, Hot Summer, The End, Mr. & Mrs. Bridge, Philadelphia; widow of Paul Newman) (83)
  • Neal Schon (guitarist, Journey; former guitarist, Santana) (59)
  • Johnny Van Zant (singer, Lynyrd Skynyrd) (54, disputed)
  • Kate Mara (actress, Brokeback Mountain, We Are Marshall, Shooter, Transsiberian, 127 Hours, American Horror Story, sister of Rooney Mara) (30)
  • Adrian Smith (lead guitarist, Iron Maiden) (56)
  • Mike Cross (guitarist, Sponge) (48)


  • 1801, theDistrict Of Columbia was placed under the jurisdiction of Congress.
  • 1872, Charlotte Ray, the first African-American female lawyer, graduated fromHarvardUniversity.
  • 1902 Author John Steinbeck (The Grapes Of Wrath, Of Mice And Men) is born. He dies in 1968.
  • 1922, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously upheld the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which gave women the right to vote.
  • 1932, Actress Elizabeth Taylor (National Velvet, Giant, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Cleopatra, Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf, Butterfield 8) was born today. She dies March in 2011.
  • 1933,Germany's parliament building, the Reichstag, caught on fire. The Nazis blamed the Communists and used the fire as a pretext for suspending civil liberties.
  • 1958 Nancy Spungen, best known as the girlfriend of Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious, is born. She is stabbed to death in October 1978, with Vicious arrested for her murder.
  • 1965, "Tell Her No" by the Zombies peaks at Number Six on the pop chart.
  • 1967, "Arnold Layne" by Pink Floyd is recorded. It's the group's first single.
  • 1970, Jefferson Airplane is fined $1,000 for singing the "F" word onstage inOklahoma City.
  • 1971, Elton John records "Levon."
    1982, "Open Arms" by Journey peaks at Number Two on the pop chart, where it stays for six weeks.
  • 1971, Pearl by Janis Joplin hits Number One on the album chart, where it stays for nine weeks.
  • 1982, "Shake It Up" by the Cars peaks at Number Four on the pop chart, where it stays for three weeks.
  • 1988, Kick by INXS peaks at Number Three on the album chart, where it stays for four weeks.
  • 1991 It's announced that the January 7 death of Def Leppard guitarist Steve Clark was due to an accidental drug overdose.
  • 1991, "The Godfather Of Soul," James Brown, was paroled after spending over two years in prison for resisting arrest after a car chase across two states, carrying a gun, and persistent drug abuse.
  • 1991, President George H. W. Bush declared that "Kuwait is liberated,Iraq's army is defeated," and announced that the allies would suspend combat operations at midnight.
  • 1992 The Recording Industry Association ofAmerica announces that starting in 1993, CDs will be sold only in jewel cases, instead of cardboard longboxes, due to environmental concerns.
  • 1992, Tiger Woods became, at age 16, the youngest PGA golfer in 35 years when he teed off at the Los Angeles Open.
  • 1995 Collective Soul releases its self-titled second album.
  • 1995 Nirvana's first album, Bleach, is certified platinum.
  • 1996 Green Day's Insomniac album is certified double platinum.
  • 1997, divorce became legal inIreland.
  • 1998 Tommy Lee is released from jail on $500,000 bail after pleading innocent to beating wife Pamela Anderson Lee.
  • 1998, Actor J.T. Walsh (Good Morning, Vietnam, A Few Good Men, The Client, Sling Blade, Breakdown, The Negotiator, Pleasantville) dies at age 54.
  • 2001 Cheap Trick releases a 25th anniversary double live CD called Silver, featuring guest appearances from former Guns N' Roses lead guitarist Slash, Everclear frontman Art Alexakis, and Smashing Pumpkins leader Billy Corgan.
  • 2001 Kiss drummer Eric Singer makes his first appearance in Peter Criss's cat makeup on the Australian TV show Today.
  • 2001 Pearl Jam simultaneously releases 23 live discs recorded on the first leg of their 2000 North American tour.
  • 2001 The Dave Matthews Band releases its fourth album, Everyday.
  • 2002 At the Grammy Awards, U2 wins Record Of The Year for "Walk On," Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for "Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of," Best Rock Album for All That You Can't Leave Behind, and Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for "Elevation."
  • 2002 Limp Bizkit vocalist Fred Durst declines to appear in person, but offers to testify via video conference, in the Australian inquest into the death of a fan during the band's performance at 2001's Big Day Out Festival.
  • 2002 The diaries and notebooks of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain are purchased by Riverhead, a division of Penguin Putnam, for $4 million, for publication later in the year.
  • 2003 Former Guns N' Roses lead guitarist Slash, bassist Duff McKagan, drummer Matt Sorum, and rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin announce that they are assembling a new band and looking for a new singer. The project later evolves into Velvet Revolver, minus Stradlin.
  • 2003 Limp Bizkit leader Fred Durst announces his intentions to organize a benefit for the victims of theRhode Island nightclub fire that killed 100 people and injured 200 more. The benefit never materializes.
  • 2003, Children's television star Fred Rogers (Mister Rogers' Neighborhood) dies at age 74.
  • 2005 Former Korn guitarist Brian "Head" Welch speaks to nearly 10,000 people at the Valley Bible Fellowship inBakersfield,California, about his departure from the band after 13 years to embrace Christianity.
  • 2006 Chile's President Richard Lagos gives Bono an honorary medal named after the late Chilean Nobel Prize poet laureate Pablo Neruda.
  • 2006 Cold calls it quits following the disappointing sales of the band's fourth album, A Different Kind Of Pain.
  • 2006 Psychedelic hard rockers Monster Magnet cancel a European tour after frontman Dave Wyndorf is hospitalized for a drug overdose.
  • 2007 Blue October's fourth studio album, Foiled, is certified platinum for sales of over one million copies.
  • 2007 Korn announces that it has recruited guitarist Clint Lowery of Sevendust and Dark New Day as the band's touring guitarist for 2007.
  • 2011 Nine Inch Nails main man Trent Reznor and collaborator Atticus Ross win an Academy Award for their score for The Social Network. The pair's work beats out the music for Inception, The King's Speech, How To Train Your Dragon and 127 Hours at the 83rd annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theater inLos Angeles.
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