Rabbi's On This Day: Friday, March 29, 2013
Posted 3/29/2013 12:00:00 PM

Friday, March 29, 2013


  • Jennifer Capriati (pro-tennis player) (37)
  • Vangelis (musician, "Chariots of Fire") (70)
  • Walt "Clyde" Frazier (Naismith Memorial Hall Of Fame basketball player) (68)
  • Eric Idle (British comedian-actor, Monty Python's Flying Circus, mastermind of the Broadway musical Spamalot) (70)
  • Lucy Lawless (actress, Xena: Warrior Princess, The X-Files, Spartacus: Vengeance) (45)
  • Elle MacPherson (supermodel) (49, disputed)
  • Brendan Gleeson (actor, Braveheart, Gangs of New York, Cold Mountain, Troy, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, In Bruges) (58)
  • John Popper (singer of Blues Traveler) (46)
  • Amy Sedaris (wacky actress of Strangers With Candy) (52)
  • Perry Farrell (singer of Jane's Addiction) (54)
  • Marina Sirtis (actress, Star Trek: The Next Generation's Deanna Troi) (58)
  • Christopher Lambert (actor, Greystoke: The Legend Of Tarzan, Lord Of The Apes, the Highlander movies) (56)
  • John McLaughlin (host of TV's The McLaughlin Group) (86)
  • Bobby Kimball (singer, Toto) (66)
  • Terry Jacks (singer, "Seasons In The Sun") (69)


  • 1790 John Tyler, the nation's 10th president, is born inCharles City County,Virginia.
  • 1848,Niagara Falls stops flowing -- for one day -- because of an ice jam.
  • 1867, Baseball Hall of Famer Denton True "Cy" Young, baseball's winningest pitcher with 511 games won, was born on this day. Each year the Cy Young award is given to the season's best pitcher in each of the two leagues.
  • 1867, the British Parliament passed the North America Act to create the Dominion Of Canada, uniting Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick.
  • 1882, the Knights Of Columbus, an organization of Catholic men, was chartered inConnecticut.
  • 1886, The first batch of Coca Cola was brewed over a fire in a backyard in Atlanta, Georgia. John Pemberton created the concoction as a "hangover" cure and a stomach ache/headache remedy. Cocaine was an ingredient until 1904.
  • 1917, Man O' War, the famous American race horse, was foaled.
  • 1918 Sam Walton, Wal-Mart founder and business tycoon, is born in Kingfisher,Oklahoma.
  • 1936, Adolf Hitler got 98.8 percent of the popular vote inGermany's national election.
  • 1951, Julius & Ethel Rosenberg were convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage. They were executed in June 1953.
  • 1954, Karen Ann Quinlan, the comatose patient whose case prompted a historic right-to-die court decision, was born on this day. She died in a nursing home almost 10 years after she was taken off a respirator. Her family's battle to win the right to remove the respirator became a landmark case.
  • 1961, residents of theDistrict Of Columbia were given the right to vote in presidential elections with the ratification of the 23rd Amendment.
  • 1962, Jack Paar hosted NBC's Tonight show for the final time.
  • 1963, Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds opened. The film starred Rod Taylor, Tippi Hedren, and Jessica Tandy.
  • 1967, The Beatles record "With A Little Help From My Friends."
  • 1967, The first nationwide strike in the 30-year history of the American Federation Of Television And Radio Artists (AFTRA) began, lasting for 13 days.
  • 1969, "Time Of The Season" by the Zombies peaks at Number Three on the pop chart.
  • 1971, Army Lieutenant William L. Calley, Jr. was convicted of murdering at least 22 Vietnamese civilians in theMy Lai (pronounced mee ly) massacre. Calley ended up spending three years under house arrest.
  • 1971, Charles Manson and three female followers were sentenced to death for the Tate-LaBianca murders. The sentences were later commuted to life in prison when the California Supreme Court ruled the death penalty unconstitutional.
  • 1973, two months after the signing of a peace agreement, the last U.S. combat troops left South Vietnam, ending eight years of direct intervention in the Vietnam War. Some 7,000 U.S. Department Of Defense civilian employees stayed behind to helpSouth Vietnam conduct the ongoing war with communistNorth Vietnam.
  • 1975 All six Led Zeppelin albums released to this date appear on Billboard'sU.S. album chart at the same time.
  • 1975, "You Are So Beautiful" by Joe Cocker peaks at Number Five on the pop chart.
  • 1980 "The Spirit Of Radio" by Rush peaks at Number 51 on the pop chart.
  • 1986, Beatles records officially go on sale in theSoviet Union.
  • 1990 The Red Hot Chili Peppers album Mother's Milk is certified gold.
  • 1992, Democratic presidential front-runner Bill Clinton acknowledged experimenting with marijuana "a time or two" while attending Oxford University, adding and insisting, "I didn't inhale and I didn't try it again."
  • 1993, Unforgiven won the Academy Award for Best Picture, as well as Best Director for Clint Eastwood.
  • 1994, Dallas Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson resigned, capping a long-standing feud with team owner Jerry Jones.
  • 1994, Mexico's ruling party, the PRI, picked Ernesto Zedillo to be its new presidential candidate, replacing the assassinated Luis Donaldo Colosio.
  • 1995 The Van Halen album Balance is certified gold, platinum, and double platinum.
  • 1996 Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee and his wife, Baywatch star Pamela Anderson Lee, sue Penthouse for $10 million in a failed bid to force the magazine not to market a stolen home video showing the couple having sex. The video in question becomes the highest selling porn tape of all time.
  • 1999 The Dow Jones Industrial stock index tops 10,000 for the first time.
  • 2004 The main lineup for Lollapalooza 2004 is announced, featuring Morrissey, Sonic Youth, the Flaming Lips, the String Cheese Incident, Modest Mouse, and the Polyphonic Spree. The tour is later canceled due to low ticket sales.
  • 2005 Celebrity attorney Johnnie Cochran dies at age 67.
    2005 Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor finalizes the sale of theNew Orleans mansion that he lived in for 10 years for $1.8 million.
  • 2005 Neil Young has surgery in a New York City hospital to repair a brain aneurysm, the symptoms of which arose just after he inducted the Pretenders into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame two weeks earlier.
  • 2007 U2 singer Bono is presented with an honorary knighthood by representatives of the Queen of England inDublin. Bono is knighted in recognition of his services to the music industry and for his humanitarian work.
  • 2009 Guitar Hero: Metallica, just the second Guitar Hero game based around a specific act, arrives in stores for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The game features 28 songs from Metallica plus 21 additional cuts from artists such as Alice In Chains, Foo Fighters, Slayer, Queen, Thin Lizzy and other personal favorites of the group.
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