Rabbi's On This Day: Saturday, April 6, 2013
4/6/2013 12:00:00 PM
Saturday, April 6, 2013
- Warren Haynes (singer and guitarist, the Allman Brothers Band and Gov't Mule) (53)
- Merle Haggard (Hall Of Fame country singer) (76)
- Zach Braff (actor, Scrubs, Garden State, Oz The Great And Powerful) (38)
- Marilu Henner (actress, Taxi's Elaine Nardo) (61)
- John Ratzenberger (actor, Cheers' Cliff Clavin) (66, disputed)
- Billy Dee Williams (actor, Brian's Song, Mahogany, The Empire Strikes Back, Nighthawks, Return Of The Jedi, Batman, Undercover Brother) (76)
- Candace Cameron (actress, Full House) (37)
- Jason Hervey (actor, Wayne on TV's The Wonder Years) (41)
- Ari Meyers (actress, Emma Jane on TV's Kate & Allie) (44)
- Paul Rudd (actor, Admission, Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet, Knocked Up, Clueless, I Love You Man, Role Models, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Night at the Museum, Dinner For Schmucks, How Do You Know, Wanderlust) (44)
ON THIS DAY:
- 1830, Joseph Smith founded the Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints -- the Mormons -- inFayette,New York.
- 1862, a Confederate surprise attack on General Ulysses S. Grant's troops at Shiloh, Tennessee, ended with 13,000 Union and 10,000 Confederate soldiers killed and wounded, more men than in all previous American wars combined.
- 1889, the Kodak Camera was put on sale by George Eastman.
- 1893, Jack Burke and Andy Bowen fought for 110 rounds over seven hours and 19 minutes, the longest bout in boxing history. The match ended in a draw.
- 1896, the first modern Olympic games opened inAthens,Greece.
- 1917, theU.S. entered World War I, declaring war onGermany.
- 1926, Four planes take off on the first successful around-the-world flight.
- 1930, Bakery executive James Dewar invented a cream-filled sponge cake in order to use small baking pans that would otherwise remain in storage except for each year's brief strawberry shortcake season. The Twinkie was born. It is estimated that one billion Twinkies are eaten every year.
- 1935, Harold "Bunny" Levitt made 499 consecutive free throws. On his 500th try, he missed. Then he made 371 more shots without a miss. The Harlem Globetrotters offered $1,000 to anyone who could beat his record.
- 1938, Du Pont researchers Roy Plunkett and Jack Rebok accidentally created the chemical compound that was later marketed as Teflon.
- 1945, During World War II, the Japanese warship Yamato and nine other vessels sailed on a suicide mission to attack theU.S. fleet offOkinawa.
- 1947, The first Tony Awards were presented at a dinner in the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria on Easter Sunday. The Tonys were named for Antoinette Perry, a stage actress dedicated to the theater.
- 1954, The first frozen TV dinners are put on sale.
- 1955, Winston Churchill stepped down as British prime minister for the last time and was succeeded by Anthony Eden.
- 1965, The United States launched the "Early Bird" communications satellite fromCape Kennedy,Florida. This was the world's first commercial communications satellite. It became operational on June 28th,1965.
- 1970 Led Zeppelin is given the key to the city ofNashville,Tennessee.
- 1971, The Rolling Stones announce that they have formed their own record company, Rolling Stones Records.
- 1973, the Pittsburgh Pirates retired the number of Roberto Clemente, who died in a plane crash just over three months before while bringing supplies to Nicaraguan earthquake victims.
- 1974 The California Jam festival -- featuring the Eagles, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Deep Purple, and Black Sabbath, among others -- takes place.
- 1974, Led Zeppelin announces the formation of their record label, Swan Song Recordings, which is named after an unreleased Jimmy Page instrumental track. Swan Song puts out all subsequent Led Zeppelin releases, as well as records by Bad Company and Dave Edmunds.
- 1980, "Post-it" notes are introduced.
- 1983, Saying that rock-and-roll bands attract "the wrong element," Interior Secretary James Watt declines to invite the Beach Boys to perform in Washington at a Fourth Of July celebration. The decision is soon reversed due to pressure from fans and President Ronald Reagan, but the Beach Boys playAtlantic City on the Fourth Of July that year, anyway.
- 1987 The Beastie Boys' Licensed To Ill is certified triple platinum.
- 1987, Sugar Ray Leonard upset Marvelous Marvin Hagler to become middleweight champion.
- 1990 Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee suffers a mild concussion after falling from a scaffolding above an elevated drum kit during a show inNew Haven,Connecticut.
- 1992 Barney & Friends debuts on PBS.
- 1992 Science fiction writer Isaac Asimov dies at the age of 72.
- 1992, Voting begins in the first-ever election of a postage stamp, this one honoring Elvis Presley. More than one million people vote, and by a 3-1 margin the winner is the young, thin Elvis over the old, heavy Elvis. The winning stamp is issued in January 1993.
- 1993 Former Kiss drummer Peter Criss settles out-of-court with the tabloid The Star, which published a story that claimed Criss was a homeless alcoholic bum.
- 1994 A Los Angeles court tosses out a lawsuit filed against the Red Hot Chili Peppers by former guitarist Jack Sherman. The court says he waited too long to legally complain about being fired from the band in 1988 and doesn't buy his explanation that childhood abuse has made him passive.
- 1994, Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun announced his retirement after 24 years. Justice Blackmun wrote the Roe vs. Wade opinion on the constitutionality of abortion.
- 1994, The presidents ofRwanda andBurundi were killed in a mysterious plane crash nearRwanda's capital. Widespread violence erupted inRwanda over claims the plane had been shot down.
- 1995, Senator Alfonse D'Amato (R-New York) apologized on the floor of the Senate for lampooning O.J. Simpson trial judge Lance Ito on the radio with a mock Japanese accent.
- 1998 Wendy O. Williams, lead singer of the Plasmatics, dies at the age of 48 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
- 1999, Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic declared a unilateral cease-fire in his campaign to crush rebels in Kosovo. Western leaders called the move a sham and pledged to press ahead with airstrikes.
- 2000 Stone Temple Pilots tape a performance for TNT's all-star tribute to Joni Mitchell, to air on April 16th.
- 2000, A private company mapping the human genetic blueprint announced it had decoded all of the DNA pieces that make up the genetic pattern of a single human being.
- 2000, The father of Elian Gonzalez, Juan Miguel Gonzalez, arrived in the United States to press for the return of his six-year-old son to Cuba.
- 2001, Algerian Ahmed Ressam is convicted of terrorism for bringing a car loaded with explosives into the United States as part of an alleged plan to bomb buildings during millennium celebrations.
- 2003 Sum 41 wins its first Juno Award, the Canadian equivalent of the Grammys, for Group Of The Year, while Chad Kroeger of Nickelback takes home songwriting honors and Our Lady Peace's Gravity wins for Best Rock Album.
- 2004 Ozzy Osbourne files a complaint with the Medical Board of California against a doctor he says overmedicated him. Osbourne claims that Beverly Hills physician David A. Kipper directed him to take a regiment of powerful prescription drugs -- including Valium, Dexedrine, and Zyprexa -- for more than a year.
- 2004 Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme is injured in a brawl after he and girlfriend Brody Dalle of the Distillers go to a downtown New York bar following a show by Homme's side project, Eagles of Death Metal. Homme punches out a guy at the bar who makes rude comments to Dalle.
- 2005 Beck's new album, Guero, arrives on the Billboard Top 200 album chart at Number Two, with first week sales of approximately 162,000 copies, making it the best debut of his career.
- 2007 Fall Out Boy postpones the start of its 2007 Honda Civic Tour due to undisclosed "personal issues."
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