Rabbi's On This Day: Friday 4/26/13
Posted 4/26/2013 12:00:00 PM

Friday, April 26, 2013


  • Carol Burnett (comedienne, actress, and variety show hostess) (80)
  • Donna DeVarona (Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer and sportscaster) (66)
  • Kevin James (actor, The King Of Queens, Hitch, The Dilemma, Paul Blart: Mall Cop) (48)
  • Jet Li (action movie actor, Lethal Weapon IV, Romeo Must Die, Kiss Of The Dragon, Cradle 2 The Grave, The Forbidden Kingdom) (50)
  • Bobby Rydell (Former teen idol and pop singer) (71)
  • Michael Damian (Actor, The Young & The Restless) (51)
  • Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins (singer, TLC) (43)
  • Jordana Brewster (actress, Dallas, The Fast And The Furious movies, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, Fast Five) (33)
  • Jay DeMarcus (country star, of Rascal Flatts) (42)
  • Gary Wright (singer, "Dream Weaver," "My Love Is Alive") (70)
  • Giancarlo Esposito (actor, Do The Right Thing, Malcolm X, The Usual Suspects, Ali) (55)
  • Channing Tatum (actor, Fighting, Public Enemies, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Coach Carter, Step Up, She's the Man, Side Effects, The Vow, Dear John, The Dilemma, 21 Jump Street, Magic Mike) (33)
  • Tom Welling (actor, Smallville, Cheaper by the Dozen movies, The Fog) (36)
  • Melania Trump (model, wife of Donald Trump) (43)
  • Joey Jordison (a.k.a. "#1", drummer, Slipknot) (38)
  • Jose Pasillas II (drummer, Incubus) (37)
  • John Corabi (former singer, Motley Crue) (54)


  • 1607, an expedition of English colonists, including Captain John Smith, landed at Cape Henry, Virginia, to establish the first permanent English settlement in the western hemisphere “New World”.
  • 1865 John Wilkes Booth, assassin of President Lincoln, is killed by federal troops at Garrett's Tobacco Farm nearBowling Green,Virginia.
  • 1904, Ty Cobb, making his pro baseball debut at the age of 17, homered and doubled for Augusta in the South Atlantic League.
  • 1918 Actor Stafford Repp (Chief O'Hara on the Batman TV series) is born.
  • 1921, Weather broadcasts were heard for the first time on radio when WEW inSt. Louis aired weather news.
  • 1964 The Boston Celtics win an unprecedented sixth consecutive NBA championship. The Celtics would go on to win two more titles before the string came to an end.
  • 1964, the Rolling Stones released their self-titled debut album.
  • 1974 Kiss begins their first real tour, opening for Manfred Mann and Savoy Brown.
  • 1977, The infamous Studio 54 opened inNew York City.
  • 1980 Following an unsuccessful attempt by theUnited States to rescue the hostages inIran, the Iranian government announces the captives have been taken from the American Embassy and are being scattered to thwart future rescue efforts.
  • 1986 Arnold Schwarzenegger marries Maria Shriver.
  • 1986 Van Halen's 5150 peaks at Number One on the album chart.
  • 1986, the world's worst nuclear accident occurred at theChernobyl nuclear power plant in theSoviet Union. An explosion at the plant caused a fire that burned for days, sending radioactivity spreading through the atmosphere over parts of the Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, and later, Western Europe. Thirty-one people died within three months, and thousands more were exposed to dangerous levels of radiation.
  • 1987, Tennis star Chris Evert won her 150th career tennis tournament when she beat Martina Navratilova inHouston.
  • 1989, Actress-comedian Lucille Ball died atCedars-SinaiMedicalCenter inLos Angeles at the age of 77.
  • 1992, The final episode of Growing Pains aired on ABC.
  • 1993, Conan O'Brien was named to succeed David Letterman as host of NBC's Late Night program.
  • 1994, voting began in South Africa's first all-race elections. South African blacks voted for the first time and gave the power of government to the African National Congress and President Nelson Mandela.
  • 1995 Courtney Love of Hole reportedly turns down a $1 million offer from Playboy magazine to pose nude.
  • 1995 Former Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler is charged with felony heroin possession after he's found slumped over the wheel of his car, parked on a Los Angeles street.
  • 1995 Hole's Live Through This album is certified platinum.
  • 1999 Geffen Records and Bong Load Custom Records file lawsuits against Beck inLos Angeles.
  • 2000 Blink-182's Enema Of The State album is certified quadruple platinum.
  • 2000, Vermont Governor Howard Dean signed the nation's first bill allowing same-sex couples to form civil unions.
  • 2001 Edward Van Halen confirms the rumors and announces that he has been battling cancer.
  • 2003 The fourth annual Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival opens at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, California. The two-day event features dozens of bands, including the Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Queens Of The Stone Age, the White Stripes and a reunited Iggy & the Stooges.
  • 2005 British progressive rockers Porcupine Tree release their album Deadwing.
  • 2006 Kid Rock made a special guest appearance as himself on CBS-TV's CSI: NY.
  • 2010 Shinedown announces it will headline the inaugural Carnival Of Madness summer tour, a 27-date jaunt also featuring Chevelle, Puddle of Mudd, Sevendust and 10 Years.
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