Rabbi's On This Day: Thursday, April 4, 2013
4/4/2013 12:00:00 PM
Thursday, April 4, 2013
- Pick Withers (former drummer, Dire Straits) (65)
- Maya Angelou (author-poet) (85)
- Robert Downey, Jr. (actor, Ally McBeal, Chaplin, Less Than Zero, Natural Born Killers, Zodiac, Iron Man, Sherlock Holmes, Iron Man 2, Due Date, The Avengers, Iron Man 3, The Soloist ) (48)
- David E. Kelley (writer-producer, Ally McBeal and The Practice, Boston Legal) (57)
- Christine Lahti (actress, Chicago Hope, Running On Empty, Smart People) (63)
- Clive Davis (famous record company executive and producer) (81)
- Natasha Lyonne (actress, Slums Of Beverly Hills, American Pie I & II, But I'm a Cheerleader, Party Monster) (34)
- Nancy McKeon (actress, Jo on The Facts Of Life) (47)
- Jamie Lynn Spears (actress, Zooey 101, Britney's younger sister) (22)
- David Blaine (magician) (40)
- Jill Scott (singer-songwriter-actress) (41)
- Craig T. Nelson (actor, Parenthood, Poltergeist, Coach, The Incredibles, The District) (69)
- Kelly Price (singer) (40)
- Estelle Harris (actress, George Costanza's mother on Seinfeld) (85, disputed)
- Kitty Kelley (who wrote unauthorized biographies of Frank Sinatra, Nancy Reagan and the Bush family) (71)
- Hugh Masekela (trumpet player, "Grazin' In The Grass") (74)
- Hugo Weaving (actor, "Agent Smith" in the Matrix movies, "Elrond" in The Lord of the Rings movies, The Wolfman, Captain America: The First Avenger) (53)
- David Cross (actor/comedian, Arrested Development, She's the Man, Mr. Show, Men in Black I & II, Alvin & the Chipmunks) (49)
- Barry Pepper (actor, Saving Private Ryan, Enemy of the State, The Green Mile, Knockaround Guy, We Were Soldiers, 25th Hour, Flags of Our Fathers, Casino Jack, True Grit) (43)
- Josh Todd (lead singer, Buckcherry) (42)
- Adam Dutkiewicz (guitarist, Killswitch Engage) (35)
ON THIS DAY:
- 1788, the last of the Federalist essays, a series of 85 public letters written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay urging ratification of the U.S. Constitution, was published in newspapers.
- 1818, Congress decided the flag of the United States would consist of 13 red and white stripes and 20 stars, with a new star to be added for every new state of the Union.
- 1850, the city ofLos Angeles was incorporated.
- 1887, Susanna Medora Salter became the first woman elected mayor of an American city, inArgonia,Kansas.
- 1915, Blues icon Muddy Waters is born. He dies in 1983.
- 1932, Actor Anthony Perkins (Fear Strikes Out, Psycho) is born. He dies in 1992.
- 1948, Original Allman Brothers Band bassist Berry Oakley is born. He dies in 1972.
- 1949, 12 Western democratic nations, including theU.S., signed a treaty forming the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) as a safeguard against Soviet aggression.
- 1983, the space shuttle Challenger began its maiden voyage.
- 1964, The Beatles hold all top five places on the U.S. pop chart with "Can't Buy Me Love," "Twist And Shout," "She Loves You," "I Want To Hold Your Hand," and "Please Please Me." No other artist has ever dominated the Top Five since then. The Beatles also have seven more songs in the Top 100: "I Saw Her Standing There" at Number 31, "From Me To You" at Number 41, "Do You Want To Know A Secret" at Number 46, "All My Loving" at Number 58, "You Can't Do That" at Number 65, "Roll Over Beethoven" at Number 68, and "Thank You Girl" at Number 79.
- 1964, the Rolling Stones released their first album, The Rolling Stones.
- 1967, Johnny Carson quit the Tonight Show. He returned three weeks later after NBC gave him a $30,000 per week raise.
- 1968, civil rights leader and educator Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated inMemphis,Tennessee. He was 39. James Earl Ray was convicted of the murder and spent the rest of his life in jail.
- 1968, Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, and Buddy Guy play an all-night blues show in New York as a wake for Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who was assassinated earlier that day inMemphis,Tennessee.
- 1969, NBC canceled Star Trek.
- 1970, "Living Loving Maid (She's Just A Woman)" by Led Zeppelin hits Number 65 on the pop chart.
- 1974, Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves tied Babe Ruth's home-run record by hitting his 714th homer inCincinnati.
- 1979, actor Heath Ledger is born. He dies in 2008.
- 1981, Paradise Theatre by Styx hits Number One on the album chart.
- 1981, Another Ticket by Eric Clapton peaks at Number Ten on the album chart.
- 1987, "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight" by Genesis hits Number Three on the pop chart.
- 1987, Graceland by Paul Simon peaks at Number Three on the album chart.
- 1987, The Joshua Tree by U2 enters the album chart at its peak position of Number Seven.
- 1994, Police in Orlando, Florida, tear-gas unruly Grateful Dead fans when they try to gate-crash a sold-out concert.
- 1818 Congress decides the flag of theUnited Stateswill consist of 13 red and white stripes and 20 stars, with a new star to be added for every new state of theUnion.
- 1850 The city ofLos Angelesis incorporated.
- 1932 Actor Anthony Perkins (Psycho) is born. He dies in 1992.
- 1952 Singer-guitarist Gary Moore, formerly of Thin Lizzy, is born. He dies in February 2011.
- 1964 The Beatles hold all top five places on the U.S. pop chart with "Can't Buy Me Love," "Twist And Shout," "She Loves You," "I Want To Hold Your Hand," and "Please Please Me." No other artist has ever dominated the top five since.
- 1964 The VCR is introduced.
- 1966 Former Alice In Chains bassist and Celebrity Rehab cast member Mike Starr is born. He dies in March 2011.
- 1968 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated at the age of 39. James Earl Ray is convicted of the crime and spends the rest of his life in jail.
- 1968 Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, and Buddy Guy play an all-night blues show in New York as a wake for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
- 1969 NBC-TV cancels Star Trek after three seasons.
- 1970 "Living Loving Maid (She's Just A Woman)" by Led Zeppelin hits Number 65 on the pop chart.
- 1974 Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves ties Babe Ruth's home-run record by hitting his 714th homer inCincinnati.
- 1979 Actor Heath Ledger (The Patriot, A Knight's Tale, The Brothers Grimm, Brokeback Mountain, the Joker in 2008's The Dark Knight) is born. He dies in January of 2008 from an accidental overdose of prescription medications.
- 1981 "Limelight" by Rush hits Number 55 on the pop chart.
- 1987 U2's The Joshua Tree enters the album chart at Number Seven.
- 1994 Kurt Cobain's mother, Wendy O'Connor, reports to the police that her son is missing and possibly suicidal. They check Cobain'sSeattle home several times but find no one there.
- 1995 Radiohead releases its second album, The Bends.
- 1996 Rage Against The Machine's second album, Evil Empire, debuts at Number One on the Billboard Top 200 album chart.
- 1997 Kiss drummer Peter Criss is too ill to play a show in Columbus, Georgia, so drum technician Eddie Kannon sits in for him.
- 2001 System Of A Down singer Serj Tankian publishes his first book of poetry, called Cool Gardens.
- 2001 Carlos Santana and Metallica lead guitarist Kirk Hammett play a benefit show for the San Francisco School Of The Arts, which is held at the Fillmore.
- 2002 Singer/guitarist Dave Mustaine announces that due to an injury that caused nerve damage to his arm, he is leaving Megadeth, effectively ending the band after nearly twenty years. He reactivates the group, with all new members, in 2004.
- 2002 Marilyn Manson is sued for wrongful death by the mother of a woman killed in a car accident that occurred after an evening at the shock rocker'sLos Angeles home that allegedly featured "various quantities" of cocaine.
- 2003 A Beastie Boys benefit show for the family of slain DJ Jam Master Jay, scheduled for the House Of Blues inLas Vegas, sells out in 24 seconds.
- 2006 Gorillaz releases a DVD called Gorillaz: Demon Days Live, which was filmed over five nights in Manchester, England in November 2005 as project co-creator Damon Albarn led a contingent of musicians in complete live performances of the Demon Days album.
- 2009 Metallica is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, making them only the second pure heavy metal act after Black Sabbath to be inducted. The band performs at the ceremony with bassist Jason Newsted, who left the group in 2001, and also jams at the end of the night with Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Joe Perry and Flea.
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