Rabbi's On This Day: Thursday, April 18, 2013
Posted 4/18/2013 12:00:00 PM

Thursday, April 18, 2013

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS:

  • Melissa Joan Hart (actress, Sabrina The Teenage Witch) (37)
  • Jane Leeves (actress, Seinfeld's The Virgin, the character who slept with John F. Kennedy, Jr., played Daphne Moon on Frasier) (52)
  • Eric McCormack (actor, plays Will Truman on NBC's Will & Grace) (50)
  • Hayley Mills (actress, played twins in Disney's Parent Trap) (67)
  • Rick Moranis (comedian-actor, Honey, I Shrunk The Kids, My Blue Heaven, Parenthood, Ghostbusters, SCTV) (60)
  • Conan O'Brien (late night TV talk show host) (50)
  • Eric Roberts (actor, The Coca Cola Kid, Runaway Train, Rude Awakening, Star 80, The Pope Of Greenwich Village, The Dark Knight; brother of Julia Roberts, father of Emma Roberts) (57)
  • James Woods (actor, Salvador, The Virgin Suicides, Ghosts of Mississippi, Nixon, Riding in Cars with Boys, Videodrome, Contact, Any Given Sunday) (66)
  • Maria Bello (actress, ER, Permanent Midnight, Payback, Coyote Ugly, The Cooler, A History Of Violence, Thank You For Smoking) (46 disputed, 45)
  • Barbara Hale (actress, played Della Street on the Perry Mason TV series) (91)
  • David Tennant (actor, Doctor Who, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the Fright Night remake) (42)
  • America Ferrera (actress, Ugly Betty) (29)
  • Eli Roth (actor/director, "The Bear Jew" in Inglourious Basterds) (41)
  • Kourtney Kardashian (reality TV star) (34)
  • Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (model/actress, Transformers: Dark of the Moon) (26)
  • Mark Tremonti (guitarist, Creed, Alter Bridge) (39)
  • Greg Eklund (former drummer, Everclear) (43)

ON THIS DAY:

  • 1775, Paul Revere began his famous "Midnight Ride" from Charlestown to Lexington, Massachusetts, warning American militiamen that British troops were coming.
  • 1906, The Great San Francisco Earthquake with a magnitude of 8.3 struckSan Francisco at 5:13 A.M. The tremendous earthquake is responsible for some estimated 3,000 people died as a result of the quake, catastrophic damage and the widespread fires it ignited.  The many fires that follow the quake take days -- even weeks -- to contain.
  • 1923, Yankee Stadium opens in the Bronx, New York, as the hometown team, the New York Yankees plays their first game and hosts the Boston Red Sox. A record crowd of 74,000 fans watch the action at the first three-level stadium in the U.S. and saw Babe Ruth hit a game-winning three-run homer. In his coverage of the game, sportswriter Fred Lieb called the stadium "The House That Ruth Built."
  • 1934, Gene Autry records "Back in the Saddle Again."
  • 1949, theIrishRepublic was founded.
  • 1953, Possibly the longest measured home run ever hit in a major-league baseball game was credited to New York Yankees slugger Mickey Mantle on this day. "The Mick" hit a 565-foot homer in Griffith Stadium inWashington,D.C.
  • 1955 Scientist Albert Einstein dies at age 76.
    1955, the phrase "Third World" was first used by Indonesia's President Sukarno in a speech about non-white, underdeveloped areas.
  • 1956, American actress Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier ofMonaco.
  • 1964, American Bandstand airs a taped interview with the Beatles.
  • 1966, Bill Russell was named coach of the Boston Celtics, becoming the first African-American coach in the NBA.
  • 1975, John Lennon releases "Stand by Me."
  • 1982 The Cure kicks off its Fourteen Explicit Moments tour, in support of its album Pornography.
  • 1983, Sixty-two people, including 17 Americans, were killed by a suicide bomber at theU.S. embassy inBeirut,Lebanon.
  • 1993 David Lee Roth is arrested inNew York City for purchasing $10 worth of marijuana.
  • 1994, former President Richard Nixon suffered a stroke at hisNew Jersey home. He was taken to New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center inNew York City, where he died four days later.
  • 1995, quarterback Joe Montana retired from the NFL at the age of 38.
  • 1999, Wayne Gretzky played his last NHL game, as his New York Rangers lost at home to the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 in overtime at Madison Square Garden.
  • 2000 The Smashing Pumpkins album MACHINA/The Machines Of God is certified gold.
  • 2001.
  • 2002 U2 singer Bono and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin back international agency Oxfam's Big Noise campaign to point out corruption in trade agreements withThird World nations.
  • 2002, actor Robert Blake was arrested for murder in Los Angeles. Police alleged that he fatally shot his wife Bonny Lee Bakley in the head as she sat in their car on May 4th, 2001.
  • 2005 Queens Of The Stone Age ends their first North American tour of 2005 in Los Angeles with returning singer Mark Lanegan and ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons joining the band onstage.
  • 2006 A new commercial for Coca-Cola featuring a theme song written and performed by White Stripes frontman Jack White leaks online.
  • 2007 Hellyeah's self-titled debut album lands at Number Nine on the Billboard album chart, selling 45,000 copies in its first week of release.
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