Rabbi's On This Day: Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Posted 3/20/2013 12:00:00 PM

Wednesday, March 20, 2013


  • Holly Hunter (actress, Thirteen, Broadcast News, The Piano, Raising Arizona, Saving Grace, The Firm) (55)
  • William Hurt (actor, The Big Chill, The Accidental Tourist, Broadcast News, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Damages, Altered States, Body Heat, Vantage Point, The Incredible Hulk, The Host) (63)
  • Spike Lee (filmmaker/movie director/actor, 25th Hour, Summer Of Sam, Malcolm X, Jungle Fever, Miracle at St. Anna, Do The Right Thing, Inside Man) (56)
  • Hal Linden (actor, Barney Miller) (82)
  • Bobby Orr (Hall Of Fame hockey player) (65)
  • Carl Reiner (comedy writer and director, actor, Ocean's Eleven) (91)
  • Pat Riley (retired NBA coach) (68)
  • Michael Rapaport (actor, Bamboozled, Boston Public, has recurring role on My Name Is Earl) (43)
  • Chester Bennington (lead singer, Linkin Park) (37)
  • Carl Palmer (drummer, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Asia) (63)
  • Jimmie Vaughan (former guitarist for the Fabulous Thunderbirds; brother of the late Stevie Ray Vaughan) (62)
  • Slim Jim Phantom (drummer, the Stray Cats) (52, disputed)
  • Nick Wheeler (guitarist, The All-American Rejects) (31)
  • Alex Kapranos (frontman, Franz Ferdinand) (41)
  • John De Lancie (actor, Star Trek: The Next Generation's Q) (65)


  • 1727, Physicist, mathematician, and astronomer Sir Isaac Newton died inLondon.
  • 1852, Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel about slavery, Uncle Tom's Cabin, was first published. The book sold 300,000 copies in its first year, and it was the first book to sell 1,000,000 copies.
  • 1854, The Republican Party was founded, as former members of the Whig Party met in Ripon, Wisconsin, to establish a new group to oppose the spread of slavery into the western territories.
  • 1865, A plot by John Wilkes Booth to abduct President Abraham Lincoln was nixed when Lincoln changed plans and didn't show up at the Soldier's Home near Washington, D.C. Booth would later assassinate Lincoln at Ford's Theatre.
  • 1906, Actor Ozzie Nelson (The Adventures Of Ozzie & Harriet) is born. He dies in 1975.
  • 1928, TV personality Fred "Mr." Rogers is born. He dies in 2003.
  • 1969, Beatles member John Lennon married Yoko Ono.
  • 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono are married.
  • 1971, "Me And Bobby McGee" by Janis Joplin hits Number One on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1973, In a special vote, Roberto Clemente was elected to Baseball's Hall Of Fame just 11 weeks after his death in an airplane disaster. The Hall's Board Of Directors had earlier waived the five-year-wait rule for Clemente. The only other player to have the five-year waiting period waived was Lou Gehrig, in 1939.
  • 1974 The Black Sabbath album Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath is certified gold.
  • 1977, T. Rex plays their final concert with frontman Marc Bolan, at theLocarno inPortsmouth,England.
  • 1982, "I Love Rock 'N' Roll" by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts hits Number One on the pop chart, where it stays for seven weeks.
  • 1989, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's Number 33 was retired by basketball's Los Angeles Lakers.
  • 1991, Conor Clapton, the son of Eric Clapton, dies after falling from a window in New York City. He was 4 years old.
  • 1992 Basic Instinct, starring Sharon Stone and Michael Douglas, opens in theatres.
  • 1994 Friends of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain stage a five-hour "tough love" intervention at hisSeattle home, due to concerns over his escalating drug use. At one point in the meeting, Cobain's management threatens to drop the band, to which he responds that he's quitting the group.
  • 1995, Twelve people were killed and nearly 5,000 sickened during a morning rush hour sarin nerve gas attack in theTokyo subway system. Members of the religious cult Aum Shinrikyo were later arrested.
  • 1996 What's The Story Morning Glory? by Oasis is certified double platinum.
  • 1996, A Los Angeles jury convicted brothers Erik & Lyle Menendez of first-degree murder in the shotgun murders of their millionaire parents.
  • 1997, Liggett Group, the maker of Chesterfield cigarettes, settled 22 state lawsuits by agreeing to warn on every pack that smoking is addictive and admitting the industry markets cigarettes to teenagers.
  • 1997, President Clinton and Boris Yeltsin opened talks inHelsinki,Finland, on the issue of NATO expansion.
  • 1998, Independent counsel Kenneth Starr and White House lawyers squared off over the invoking of executive privilege to block the testimony of key presidential aides in the White House sex scandal.
  • 1998, President Clinton's lawyer, appearing before a federal court in Little Rock, Arkansas, declared that Paula Jones's evidence of sexual harassment was "garbage" unworthy of a trial.
  • 1999 Michael McKean (This Is Spinal Tap's Derek St. Hubbins) and Annette O'Toole are married.
  • 2002 The White Stripes' third album, White Blood Cells, cracks the Billboard 200 album chart at Number 185, almost a year after its release.
  • 2002, Congress approved the most sweeping changes to the nation's campaign finance system since the Watergate scandals, banning soft money on a national level, limiting it on a local level, and putting restrictions on so-called "issue ads."
  • 2003 TheUnited States begins military operations againstIraq, based on the Bush Administration's false claims that the nation possesses weapons of mass destruction.
  • 2006 R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe, Bright Eyes, Rufus Wainwright, Fischerspooner, and Public Enemy's Chuck D are among the performers at "Bring 'Em Home Now," an anti-war concert marking the third anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. The event is hosted by Jane Fonda, Alec Baldwin, Margaret Cho, and Janeane Garofalo, and it features a speech by anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan.
  • 2007 Modest Mouse releases its new album, We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank, marking the recording debut of former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr as a full-fledged member of Modest Mouse.
  • 2008 Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland tells the audience during a show inGlasgow,Scotland, "You're watching something special...the last tour by Velvet Revolver." He is dismissed by the band less than two weeks later.
  • 2009 Metallica plays a club show at the South By Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas to promote its upcoming Guitar Hero: Metallica video game.
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