Rabbi's On This Day: Thursday, March 28, 2013
Posted 3/28/2013 12:00:00 PM

Thursday, March 28, 2013


  • Lady Gaga (singer) (27)
  • Ken Howard (actor, The White Shadow's Ken Reeves, The Thorn Birds, The Net) (69)
  • Reba McEntire (country singer, actress) (58)
  • Vince Vaughn (actor, Swingers, Old School, Starsky & Hutch, Dodgeball, Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy, Mr. And Mrs. Smith, Wedding Crashers, The Break-Up, The Watch) (43)
  • Dianne Wiest (actress, Radio Days, Hannah & Her Sisters, Footloose, The Lost Boys, Edward Scissorhands, Bullets Over Broadway, Law & Order, In Treatment) (65)
  • Julia Stiles (actress, The Prince And Me, The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum, Mona Lisa Smile, 10 Things I Hate About You, Dexter, Save The Last Dance) (32)
  • John Evan (former keyboardist, Jethro Tull) (65)
  • Brett Ratner (director, Rush Hour movies, X-Men: The Last Stand, Red Dragon, The Family Man) (44)
  • Shanna Moakler (actress, model, beauty queen, reality TV star; former wife of Blink-182 and Plus 44 drummer Travis Barker) (38)
  • Dave Keuning (guitarist, the Killers) (37)


  • 1834, for the first time in U.S. history, the Senate voted to censure a president, doing so against Andrew Jackson, an ardent supporter of states' rights, for removing funds from the Bank Of The United States and sending it to state institutions.Jackson later succeeded in having the censure stripped from the Senate records.
  • 1939, the Spanish Civil War ended as Madrid fell to Francisco Franco's Fascist forces.
  • 1969, In London, Ringo Starr announces that there will be no further public appearances by the Beatles. John Lennon disputes the claim, which ultimately is proved correct.
  • 1970, "Instant Karma (We All Shine On)" by John Ono Lennon peaks at Number Three on the pop chart.
  • 1970, "Let It Be" by The Beatles peaks at Number Two on the pop chart.
  • 1971, UCLA became the first team ever to win five consecutive NCAA basketball titles. The Bruins defeated Villanova 68-62. UCLA, under coaching legend John Wooden, dominated NCAA tournament play until 1974, whenNorth CarolinaState won the tourney.
  • 1973, The album Houses Of The Holy by Led Zeppelin is released.
  • 1974, a streaker ran onto the set of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. NBC censors blacked out the lower half of the screen.
  • 1976, Genesis opens their first North American tour with Phil Collins as lead vocalist. Collins does play some drums on the tour, but former Yes member Bill Bruford is the tour's primary drummer.
  • 1977, Rocky, starring Sylvester Stallone, won the 1976 Best Picture Academy Award.
  • 1979, America's worst commercial nuclear accident occurred at the Three Mile Island nuclear plant in Pennsylvania, when a series of errors almost led to the meltdown of the reactor's uranium core.
  • 1981, "Rapture" by Blondie hits Number One on the pop chart.
  • 1986, over 6,000 radio stations of all formats played "We Are The World" simultaneously at 10:15 a.m. ET. The promotion raised millions of dollars for African famine relief.
  • 1991, just days before the 10th anniversary of the attempt on his life, former president Ronald Reagan endorsed the "Brady Bill," requiring a seven-day waiting period for handgun purchases. The bill was named after Reagan's former press secretary, James Brady, who was severely wounded by a bullet to the head in the attack.
  • 1992 "Right Now" by Van Halen peaks at Number 55 on the pop chart.
  • 1992, "Tears In Heaven" by Eric Clapton peaks at Number Two on the pop chart.
  • 1993, About 10,000 people marched inDublin,Ireland, to protest an IRA bombing that claimed the lives of two young boys.
  • 1993, Russian President Boris Yeltsin and his chief political rival, parliament speaker Ruslan Khasbulatov, claimed victory after surviving attempts by the Russian Congress to oust them.
  • 1994 Miami riot police are called in when 2,000 people without tickets push through fences to get into a Pearl Jam concert, throwing rocks and bottles as they go. Five people are injured and four arrested.
  • 1994 Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain enters theExodusRecoveryCenter in Marina Del Rey,California.
  • 1994, More than 50 people were killed in violence that erupted inJohannesburg,South Africa, during a march by Zulu nationalists.
  • 1995, InJapan, Mitsubishi Bank and the Bank Of Tokyo agreed to a merger to create the world's largest bank.
  • 1996, Congress passed the line-item veto, giving the president power to cut government spending by scrapping specific programs.
  • 1996, The space shuttle Atlantis's astronauts said goodbye to the crew of Russia's space station Mir and then flew away, leaving Shannon Lucid behind for a five-month stay in orbit.
  • 1997, A medical examiner revealed that some members of the Heaven's Gate cult who'd committed suicide in a California mansion had also been castrated in apparent pursuit of the group's ideal of androgynous immortality.
  • 1998, President Clinton, during his visit to South Africa, went to Soweto, a landmark in the bloody uprising against apartheid, to honor South Africans "who answered the call of conscience" and defeated their country's system of white supremacy.
  • 1999, NATO broadened its attacks on Yugoslavia to target Serb military forces in Kosovo in the fifth straight night of air strikes, as thousands of refugees flooded into Albania and Macedonia from Kosovo.
  • 1999, The Baltimore Orioles beat a Cuban all-star team 3-2 inHavana.
  • 1999, Venus Williams beat kid sister Serena 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 to win the Lipton Championships in the first all-sister women's final in 115 years.
  • 2000 Californication by Red Hot Chili Peppers is certified triple platinum.
  • 2000 Jimmy Page is awarded substantial damages resulting from a libel case against the U.K.'s Ministry Magazine, which in 1999 reported that Page, wearing "satanic robes," stood over John Bonham's body while the former Led Zeppelin drummer was choking on his own vomit after a drinking binge.
  • 2000, In a unanimous ruling, the Supreme Court sharply curtailed police power to rely on anonymous tips to stop and search people.
  • 2001, A federal appeals court in San Francisco threw out a record $107 million verdict against anti-abortion activists, ruling that a Web site and wanted posters branding abortion doctors as "baby butchers" and "criminals" were protected by the First Amendment.
  • 2001, The authors of a book on the Oklahoma City bombing revealed that, during prison interviews, Timothy McVeigh had shown no remorse for what happened, and called the 19 children who died "collateral damage."
  • 2004 Actor Peter Ustinov (Spartacus, Logan's Run, Lorenzo's Oil, The Bachelor; played Detective Hercule Poirot in several movies and TV shows based on Agatha Christie's novels) dies at age 82.
  • 2005 Daily Variety reports that Courtney Love is up for the role of late porn star Linda Lovelace in a proposed film biography of the adult film actress.
  • 2005 U2 kicks off their Vertigo world tour at the San Diego Sports Arena inSan Diego.
  • 2006 Rob Zombie issues his third solo album, titled Educated Horses.
  • 2006 The Yeah Yeah Yeahs release their second full-length effort, called Show Your Bones.
  • 2007 Modest Mouse lands the first Number One album of its career as the band's new disc, We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank, debuts in the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 129,000 copies.
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