Rabbi's On This Day: Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Posted 4/2/2013 12:00:00 PM

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS:

  • Leon Russell (singer-pianist) (71)
  • Dr Demento (radio personality) (72)
  • Emmylou Harris (country singer) (66)
  • Christopher Meloni (actor, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, Oz) (52)
  • Linda Hunt (actress, The Year Of Living Dangerously, The Practice) (68)
  • Buddy Jewell (country star) (52)
  • Larry Coryell (jazz guitarist) (70)
  • Jesse Carmichael (keyboardist, Maroon 5) (34)
  • Adam Rodriguez (actor, CSI: Miami, Roswell, Magic Mike) (38)
  • Michael Fassbender (actor, Shame, X-Men: First Class, Jane Eyre, A Dangerous Method, Inglorious Basterds, Band of Brothers, 300, Jonah Hex, Prometheus) (36)
  • Greg Camp (guitarist, Smash Mouth) (46)

ON THIS DAY:

  • 1513, Juan Ponce De Leon discoveredFlorida, landing in what is nowSt. Augustine.
  • 1792, Congress passed the Coinage Act, which authorized establishment of the U.S. Mint. The denominations of the coins to be minted were the $10 Eagle, $5 half-Eagle, and $2.50 quarter-Eagle gold coins, and dollar, half-dollar, quarter, dime and half-dime silver coins.
  • 1908 Actor Buddy Ebsen (TV's Barnaby Jones) is born.
  • 1914 Actor Alec Guinness (The Bridge On The River Kwai, Doctor Zhivago, Star Wars' Obi-Wan Kenobi) is born.
  • 1917, during World War I, President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress to declare war againstGermany, saying, "The world must be made safe for democracy."
  • 1917, Jeannette Pickering Rankin, the first woman ever elected to Congress, was seated as a representative fromMontana.
  • 1920 Actor Jack Webb (Dragnet) is born.
  • 1931, a 17-year-old girl struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in an exhibition game inChattanooga,Tennessee.
  • 1932, Charles Lindbergh turns over $50,000 in ransom to an unidentified man in aBronx cemetery in exchange for his kidnapped son. The child is never returned.
  • 1946, Guess Who guitarist Kurt Winter is born. He dies in 1997.
  • 1949 Actor Ron Palillo (Welcome Back Kotter's Horshack) is born. He dies in August 2012.
  • 1952, Lynyrd Skynyrd bassist Leon Wilkeson is born. He dies in 2001.
  • 1962, The Tonight Show debuted on NBC with a succession of guest hosts.
  • 1965 Rodney King (construction worker whose beating at the hands of the police led to the 1992Los Angeles riots) is born. He dies in June 2012.
  • 1967, Singer-guitarist and keyboardist Steve Winwood leaves the Spencer Davis Group to form Traffic with drummer Jim Capaldi, multi-instrumentalist Chris Wood, and singer-guitarist Dave Mason.
  • 1977, "Do Ya" by the Electric Light Orchestra peaks at Number 24 on the pop chart.
  • 1977, Rumours by Fleetwood Mac hits Number One on the album chart.
  • 1977, The live version of "Maybe I'm Amazed" by Paul McCartney & Wings peaks at Number 10 on the pop chart.
  • 1978 The Kiss album Double Platinum is released.
  • 1982, several thousand Argentinean troops seized the disputed Falkland Islands in the south Atlantic fromBritain. After a military response,Britain got the islands back in June.
  • 1983, Kilroy Was Here by Styx peaks at Number Five on the album chart.
  • 1988, Now And Zen by Robert Plant peaks at Number Nine on the album chart.
  • 1992 Soundgarden's show inBristol,England, is marked by protests from a local religious group over the artwork for their single "Jesus Christ Pose."
  • 1992, mob boss John Gotti was convicted inNew York of murder and racketeering. He was later sentenced to life in prison.
  • 1994 "No Excuses" by Alice In Chains tops the rock chart for the second straight week.
  • 1994 Worried about her husband, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, Courtney Love hires a detective to find him. Their house inSeattle is staked out, but Kurt is nowhere to be seen.
  • 1995, Major league baseball players end their strike after 234 days. The work stoppage had forced the cancellation of the 1994 World Series.
  • 1996 A federal appeals court rejectsNew York state laws banning doctor-assisted suicide, saying it would be discriminatory to let people disconnect life support systems while refusing to let others end their lives with medication.
  • 1996 The Kiss video Unplugged hits Number One on the video chart.
  • 1996, A federal appeals court rejected New York state laws banning doctor-assisted suicide, saying it would be discriminatory to let people disconnect life support systems while refusing to let others end their lives with medication.
  • 1999 The Black Crowes play a concert in Knoxville, Tennessee. A year later, Joshua Harmon, a teenager who had been sitting in the second row at the concert, files a $385,000 lawsuit against the band, their promoter, the theatre, and the sound company, claiming he has suffered "significant hearing loss."
  • 1999, The Labor Department reported that the nation's unemployment rate fell to a 29-year low of 4.2 percent.
  • 2000,Connecticut won its second women's NCAA national championship with a 71-to-52 victory overTennessee.
  • 2000, Japanese Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi suffered a debilitating stroke. He died less than two months later.
  • 2000, More than 600 people set out on a five-day, 120-mile protest march toColumbia,South Carolina, to urge state lawmakers to move the Confederate flag from the Statehouse dome.
  • 2001 Fuel's Something Like Human is certified platinum.
  • 2001, President Bush demanded thatChina promptly return aU.S. spy plane and its crew members. The plane had made an emergency landing inChina after colliding with a Chinese fighter.
  • 2002 The tribute album This Is Where I Belong: The Songs Of Ray Davies & The Kinks is released. It features performances from acts including Queens Of The Stone Age, Matthew Sweet, and Cracker.
  • 2005, Pope John Paul II dies at the age of 84 after a 26-year reign.
  • 2005 U2 vocalist Bono pays tribute to the late Pope John Paul II during the band's concert inAnaheim,California, saying, "I met the Holy Father and I was so taken by this showman, even if I didn't agree with everything he said."
  • 2006 Courtney Love closes a deal with Primary Wave Music Publishing to sell off a portion of the rights to the Nirvana catalog. Love sells 25 percent of her stake in the catalog that she inherited following the 1994 death of her husband, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain.
  • 2006 Nickelback wins two Juno Awards, the Canadian equivalent of the Grammys, landing Best Rock Album for 2005's All The Right Reasons and Best Group.
  • 2008 Former Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland issues a statement following his dismissal from the group, in which he says, "The truth of the matter is that the band had not gotten along on multiple levels for some time."
  • 2008 Panic at the Disco's sophomore album, Pretty.Odd, debuts at Number Two on the Billboard album chart, selling 139,000 copies in its first week of release, while the Raconteurs land at Number Seven with their rush-released second effort, Consolers of the Lonely, selling 42,000 copies.
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