Rabbi's On This Day: Friday, April 5, 2013
Posted 4/5/2013 12:00:00 PM

Friday, April 5, 2013

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS:

  • Max Gail (actor, Barney Miller's Detective Stanley "Wojo" Wojohowicz) (70)
  • Michael Moriarty (actor, The Last Detail, Bang The Drum Slowly, Law & Order, Courage Under Fire) (72)
  • General Colin Powell (formerU.S. secretary of state) (76)
  • Pharrell Williams (musician and producer, of the Neptunes) (40)
  • Agnetha Faltskog (singer, ABBA) (63)
  • Paula Cole (singer) (45)
  • Mike McCready (lead guitarist, Pearl Jam) (47)
  • Greg Mathis (host, the Judge Mathis TV show) (53)
  • Mitch Pileggi (actor, The X Files's Skinner) (61)
  • Troy Gentry (country star, of Montgomery Gentry) (46)
  • Dave Holland (former drummer, Judas Priest) (65)

ON THIS DAY:

  • 1614, American Indian princess Pocahontas married English colonist John Rolfe inJamestown,Virginia.
  • 1792, President George Washington cast the first ever presidential veto, rejecting a congressional measure for apportioning representatives among the states.
  • 1887, Anne Sullivan achieved a major breakthrough with her blind and deaf pupil, Helen Keller, when the girl learned the word "water" in the manual alphabet.
  • 1900, Actor Spencer Tracy (Captains Courageous, Woman Of The Year, Bad Day At Black Rock, Desk Set, Guess Who's Coming To Dinner) is born. He dies in 1967.
  • 1908, Actress Bette Davis (All About Eve, What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?) is born. She dies in 1989.
  • 1916, Actor Gregory Peck (Spellbound, Moby Dick, To Kill A Mockingbird, The Omen, The Boys From Brazil) is born. He dies in 2003.
  • 1933 Actor Frank Gorshin (The Riddler on the Batman TV series) is born. He dies in 2005.
  • 1951, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were sentenced to death following their conviction on charges of conspiring to commit espionage for theSoviet Union.
  • 1968, violence erupted in many U.S. cities due to the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. the day before.
  • 1971, Mrs. Fran Phipps, wife of Canadian pilot Weldy Phipps, became the first woman to set foot at the North Pole.
  • 1974 TheWorldTradeCenter, at the time the tallest buildings in the world at 110 stories, officially opens.
  • 1975, "No No Song" by Ringo Starr peaks at Number Three on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1976 Billionaire Howard Hughes dies inHouston at age 72.
  • 1980, R.E.M. plays their first gig. It takes place at a friend's birthday party in an old church inAthens,Georgia.
  • 1981, Canned Heat lead singer Bob "The Bear" Hite dies at age 36.
  • 1984, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar of the Los Angeles Lakers passed Wilt Chamberlain in the record books by scoring his 31,420th point, becoming the new NBA all-time scoring leader. He finished his career in 1989 with 38,387 points, a record which may never be broken.
  • 1986, "R.O.C.K. In The U.S.A." by John Cougar Mellencamp peaks at Number Two on the pop chart.
  • 1986, An American soldier and a Turkish woman were killed in the bombing of the La Bell discotheque inWest Berlin. The incident prompted theU.S. air raid onLibya a week later.
  • 1987, the new Fox television network, headed by Rupert Murdoch, started with two Sunday night offerings -- Married... With Children and The Tracey Ullman Show.
  • 1988, A 15-day hijacking ordeal began as gunmen forced a Kuwait Airways jumbo jet to land inIran.
  • 1993 Construction begins on the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame And Museum inCleveland,Ohio.
  • 1994, Nirvana leader, singer and songwriter Kurt Cobain commits suicide, shooting himself in the head. His body is found three days later with a note quoting Neil Young's "Hey, Hey, My, My": "It's better to burn out than fade away." Cobain was 27.
  • 1994, The Division Bell by Pink Floyd is released.
  • 1995 Bush's debut album, Sixteen Stone, is certified gold.
  • 1997, Allen Ginsberg, the counterculture guru who shattered conventions as poet laureate of the Beat Generation, died in New York City at age 70.
  • 1997, Nine Lives by Aerosmith enters the album chart at Number One.
  • 1998, Drummer Cozy Powell (he worked with Jeff Beck, Black Sabbath, Rainbow, and Emerson, Lake & Powell, among others) dies at age 50.
  • 1998, In Leeds, England, environment chiefs from the world's top eight industrialized nations announced plans to curb the smuggling of hazardous waste, endangered species and substances that damage the ozone layer.
  • 1999, In Laramie, Wyoming, Russell Henderson pleaded guilty to kidnapping and felony murder in the death of Matthew Shepard, a gay college student.
  • 1999, NATO missiles and aircraft blasted Serbian targets insideYugoslavia for a 13th straight day.
  • 1999, The United Nations suspended sanctions against Libya after Moammar Gadhafi surrendered two suspected Libyan intelligence agents for trial in the 1988 Pan Am bombing.
  • 2002, According to coroner estimates, Alice In Chains frontman Layne Staley dies at age 34 in hisSeattle home from drug-related causes. His body is not found for two weeks.
  • 2002 Staind frontman Aaron Lewis and his wife, Vanessa, welcome their first child, Zoe Jane Lewis.
  • 2002, R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck is cleared inLondon of charges stemming from an air-rage incident on a British Airways flight in April 2001.
  • 2005 Franz Ferdinand headlines a benefit concert for the Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall inLondon,England.
  • 2005 Megadeth announces that it will headline a summer package tour called Gigantour.
  • 2006 Rob Zombie's third solo album, Educated Horses, debuts at Number Five on the Billboard album chart, selling more than 107,000 copies in its first week of release.
  • 2007 Former Kiss guitarist Mark St. John dies at the age of 51 from a cerebral hemorrhage.
  • 2007 Korn parts ways with temporary drummer Terry Bozzio, who is best known for his work with Missing Persons and Frank Zappa and was filling in for original Korn member David Silveria
  • 2012 The first new song from Soundgarden in 16 years, called "Live To Rise," is released. The track is taken from Avengers Assemble, a collection of songs based on and/or inspired by the movie The Avengers.
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