Rabbi's On This Day: Thursday, March 7, 2013
Posted 3/7/2013 12:00:00 PM

Thursday, March 7, 2013


  • Franco Harris (Football Hall-Of-Famer) (63)
  • Ernie Isley (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist, the Isley Brothers) (61)
  • Ivan Lendl (tennis great) (53)
  • Willard Scott (weatherman, the Today show) (79)
  • Daniel J. Travanti (actor, Hill Street Blues' Captain Frank Furillo) (73)
  • Peter Sarsgaard (actor, Kinsey, Boys Don't Cry, Jarhead, The Skeleton Key, Flightplan, An Education, Green Lantern) (42)
  • Rachel Weisz (actress, The Mummy, The Mummy Returns, Constantine, Oscar winner for The Constant Gardener, The Fountain, The Bourne Legacy, Oz The Great And Powerful, The Runaway Jury; married to Daniel Craig) (42)
  • Michael Eisner (former Disney CEO and chairman) (71)
  • Wanda Sykes (actress-comedienne, The Chris Rock Show, Curb Your Enthusiasm) (49)
  • Lynn Swann (Football Hall of Famer turned Republican politician) (61)
  • Peter Wolf (former lead singer, the J. Geils Band; former husband of Faye Dunaway) (67)
  • Laura Prepon (actress, Are You There, Chelsea?, That '70s Show's Donna) (33)
  • Bret Easton Ellis (author, Less Than Zero, American Psycho, The Rules Of Attraction) (49)
  • Matthew Fisher (former keyboardist, Procol Harum; won a court case giving him back royalties for "Whiter Shade Of Pale") (67)
  • Chris White (former bassist, the Zombies) (70)
  • Jenna Fischer (actress, Pam on The Office) (39)
  • Hugo Ferreira (lead singer, Tantric) (39)


  • 1869, theSuez Canal opened.
  • 1876, Alexander Graham Bell received a patent for the telephone.
  • 1897, Dr. John Kellogg first served corn flakes to his patients at the Kellogg Sanitarium.
  • 1917, The first jazz record was released! The Original Dixieland Band recorded the first jazz record for RCA Victor inCamden,New Jersey.
  • 1933 Parker Brothers invents the game of Monopoly. It goes into mass production two years later.
  • 1936, Adolf Hitler ordered his troops to march into theRhineland, thereby breaking the Treaty Of Versailles that ended World War I.
  • 1942 Tammy Faye Bakker, the makeup-loving ex-wife of disgraced televangelist Jim Bakker, is born. She dies in 2007.
  • 1960, about a month after walking off in the middle of a show because he was angry at NBC censors, Jack Paar returned to his Tonight Show hosting duties. He began his monologue with "As I was saying, before I was interrupted...."
  • 1970 "Travelin' Band" b/w "Who'll Stop The Rain" by Creedence Clearwater Revival peaks at Number Two on the pop chart.
  • 1975, the U.S. Senate revised its filibuster rule, allowing 60 senators to limit debate in most cases, instead of the previously required two-thirds of senators present.
  • 1976 Elton John becomes the first rock star since the Beatles to be immortalized at Madame Tussaud'sWaxworksMuseum inLondon.
  • 1985 David Crosby is sent back to jail inDallas after leaving the drug treatment center atFair OaksHospital inSummit,New Jersey.
  • 1987 "Big Time" by Peter Gabriel peaks at Number Eight on the pop chart.
  • 1987 Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Carole King, Gerry Coffin, and Carole Bayer Sager are inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame.
  • 1987, World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight champion Mike Tyson added the World Boxing Association (WBA) title belt to his collection by beating James "Bonecrusher" Smith in a 12-round bout in Las Vegas.
  • 1988 Cross-dressing actor Divine (Pink Flamingos, Polyester, Hairspray) dies at age 42.
  • 1993 The Black Crowes cut short a concert inLouisville,Kentucky, after a member of the rock group's entourage is beaten and another arrested by narcotics detectives backstage. The police later admit they found no drugs.
  • 1994 Collective Soul releases their debut album, Hints, Allegations And Things Left Unsaid.
  • 1994 Erin Everly files a lawsuit in Los Angeles against her ex-husband, Guns N' Roses vocalist W. Axl Rose, claiming he beat her up and threatened her during their brief marriage.
  • 1994, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that parodies that poke fun at an original work can be considered "fair use" and don't require permission from the copyright holder.
  • 1997 The Howard Stern movie Private Parts opens across the country.
  • 1999 Director Stanley Kubrick (2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, The Shining) dies at age 70.
  • 2001 Universal Pictures drops Rob Zombie's directorial debut House Of 1000 Corpses from its release schedule, on grounds that the film is too disturbing. It's nearly two years before Lions Gate Films picks it up.
  • 2001, hardliner Ariel Sharon took over as Israel's prime minister, after defeating the Labor Party's Ehud Barak in his re-election bid.
  • 2004 Velvet Revolver scraps plans to make a video for the song "Slither" when singer Scott Weiland is not allowed out of his rehab program for the shoot.
  • 2005 A report surfaces that CBGB, the legendaryNew York City club that launched the American punk rock scene, is being threatened with closure over unpaid rent and alleged safety concerns. The club eventually closes a year and a half later.
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