Rabbi's On This Day: Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Posted 3/27/2013 12:00:00 PM

Wednesday, March 27, 2013


  • Mariah Carey (pop singer) (43)
  • Fergie (real name Stacy Ferguson, member/singer of Black Eyed Peas) (38)
  • Quentin Tarantino (writer, movie director, Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill, Grindhouse, Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained) (50)
  • Michael York (actor, Cabaret, The Three Musketeers, Logan's Run, the Austin Powers movies) (71)
  • Dave Koz (smooth jazz saxophonist) (50)
  • Tony Banks (keyboardist, Genesis) (63)
  • Andrew Farriss (keyboardist, INXS) (54)
  • Nathan Fillion (actor, Castle, Waitress, Serenity, Slither, Firefly)) (42)
  • Scott Anderson (lead singer, Finger Eleven) (39)
  • Johnny April (bassist, Staind) (48)


  • 1512, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce De Leon sightedFlorida.
  • 1794, President George Washington and Congress authorized the creation of the U.S. Navy.
  • 1841, The first steam fire engine was tested inNew York City.
  • 1860, The device which, officially, is a "covered gimlet screw with a 'T' handle," or corkscrew, was patented this day by M. L. Byrn ofNew York City. If it weren't for the invention of the corkscrew, we'd be pulling corks out of wine bottles with our teeth.
  • 1866, Andrew Rankin receives a patent for the urinal.
  • 1912, First Lady Helen "Nellie" Taft, wife of U.S. President William Howard Taft, and the Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese Ambassador, planted the first two cherry trees in Washington, D.C. The trees are Yoshino cherries, and are still standing several hundred yards west of the John Paul Jones statue at the south end of17th Street.
  • 1958, Nikita Khrushchev became the Soviet premier in addition to being the First Secretary Of The Communist Party.
  • 1965, "Stop! In The Name Of Love" by the Supremes hits Number One on the pop chart.
  • 1968, Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space, dies in a plane crash at age 34.
  • 1971, "Proud Mary" by Ike & Tina Turner, a cover of the Creedence Clearwater Revival song, peaks at Number Four on the pop chart.
  • 1971, "What Is Life" by George Harrison peaks at Number 10 on the pop chart.
  • 1973, Marlon Brando refused a Best Actor Oscar for his performance in The Godfather as a gesture of support for Native Americans occupying the site of the 1890 Wounded Knee massacre. When his name was called, the Native American actress Sacheen Littlefeather went to the podium, refused the award, and spoke about Native American rights.
  • 1976, "Dream Weaver" by Gary Wright peaks at Number Two on the pop chart.
  • 1977, Five hundred eighty-two people were killed in the worst disaster in aviation history. A KLM Boeing 747 that was trying to take off crashed into a Pan Am 747 sitting on a runway on Tenerife in theCanary Islands. All 249 people on the KLM plane and 333 of the 394 people aboard the Pan Am jet were killed.
  • 1979, Eric Clapton marries Pattie Boyd, the former wife of George Harrison and the inspiration for "Layla." They later divorce.
  • 1979, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that police couldn't stop drivers at random to check licenses and registrations unless there was reason to believe a law had been broken.
  • 1982, "I Love Rock N' Roll" by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts hits Number One on the pop chart for the second time. It stays there for five weeks.
  • 1985, Billy Dee Williams received a star on the famous Hollywood Walk Of Fame. His place, for those looking to visit, is located between actress Joan Davis and baseball announcer Harry Carey.
  • 1987 U2 stops traffic inLos Angeles when they shoot the video for "Where The Streets Have No Name" on the roof of Republic Liquor Store.
  • 1990 The Kings County Medical Examiner in Seattle officially concludes that Mother Love Bone singer Andrew Wood died of a heroin overdose.
  • 1992 During a U2 concert in Auburn Hills, Michigan, frontman Bono is flipping channels on the stage's giant video monitors when he lands on a commercial for a local pizza parlor. He grabs a phone and orders 10,000 pizzas for the audience. About 100 pizzas are actually delivered, leading to the band's creation of the "I'd like to order 10,000 pizzas" shirt that was put on sale almost immediately afterward.
  • 1993, "Man On The Moon" by R.E.M. peaks at Number 30 on the pop chart.
  • 1998, the Food And Drug Administration approved the drug Viagra to help impotent men improve their sexual function.
  • 2000 Punk rocker Ian Dury dies at age 57.
  • 2001 Acclaimed emo rockers At The Drive-In cancel their remaining tour dates and go on what becomes a permanent hiatus.
  • 2002 R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe and Mike Mills testify in support of bandmate Peter Buck in aLondon courtroom, where Buck faces charges of drunkenness and assault on an airplane the previous spring.
  • 2002, a suicide bomber killed at least 19 people and injured more than 120 when he burst into a hotel dining room in Netanya, Israel, and blew himself up as the Israelis were sitting down to a Seder, the traditional meal celebrating the Jewish holiday of Passover.
  • 2002, Actor Dudley Moore (Foul Play, 10, Arthur) dies at age 66.
  • 2002, Actor-comedian Milton Berle dies at age 93.
  • 2002, President Bush signed landmark legislation designed to limit the role of big money in political campaigns, in a low-key, unannounced Oval Office signing.
  • 2004 Approximately 500 Slipknot fans, affectionately called "maggots" by the band, show up inDes Moines,Iowa, for the shoot for the group's new video for the song "Duality."
  • 2004 Disturbed begins holding open auditions for a new bass player, after parting ways with Steve "Fuzz" Kmak earlier in the year.
  • 2005 Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke and guitarist Jonny Greenwood premiere a new song called "Arpeggi" during an orchestral performance with the London Sinfonietta at the Royal Festival Hall inEngland.
  • 2006 Stone Sour officially announces they are parting ways with drummer Joel Ekman.
  • 2006, Elvis Presley's Graceland mansion officially becomes a National Historic Landmark in a ceremony officiated by Interior Secretary Gale Norton.
  • 2008 Foxboro Hot Tubs, the band that is actually Green Day in disguise, posts a new song called "The Pedestrian" at their MySpace page. The track comes off the band's full-length debut album, Stop Drop and Roll.
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