Rabbi's On This Day: Saturday, 4/27/13
Posted 4/27/2013 12:00:00 PM

Saturday, April 27, 2013


  • Ace Frehley (former singer and lead guitarist, Kiss) (62)
  • Judy Carne (actress and comedienne, the "Sock-it-to-me" woman from Laugh-In and Burt Reynolds's ex-wife) (74)
  • Casey Kasem (Hall Of Fame disc jockey) (81)
  • Patrick Stump (singer/frontman, Fall Out Boy) (29)
  • Sheena Easton (singer) (54)
  • Kate Pierson (singer, the B-52s) (65)
  • Jim Keltner (famous session drummer) (71)
  • William Moseley (actor, Peter in the Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian) (26)
  • Allison Iraheta (singer, Finalist on the 2009 season of American Idol) (21)
  • Ari Graynor (actress, The Sitter, What's Your Number?, Date Night, Conviction) (30)
  • Kelly Goldsmith (contestant, TV's Survivor) (34)
  • Travis Meeks (singer-guitarist, Days Of The New) (34)


  • 1791, Morse Code and electric telegraph inventor Samuel F. B. Morse is born. He dies in 1872.
  • 1810, Ludwig Van Beethoven gave the world a romantic piece for piano, with the dedication "For Therese, as a remembrance." But today nobody remembers Therese. The publisher couldn't read Beethoven's handwriting and to this day the piece is known as "Fur Elise."
  • 1822, Civil War general and President Ulysses S. Grant is born. He dies in 1885.
  • 1865, Just days after the end of the Civil War, the steamer ship Sultana exploded on the Mississippi River nearMemphis, killing over 1,500 freed Union prisoners of war who were returning home. Estimates of the dead in this,America's worst maritime disaster, range as high as 2,000.
  • 1880, Francis Clarke and M.G. Foster patented the electrical hearing aid.
  • 1882, Essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson died in Concord, Massachusetts, one month before his 70th birthday, and was buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery beside Henry David Thoreau and Nathaniel Hawthorne.
  • 1897, Grant's Tomb is dedicated.
  • 1900 Animator and "Woody Woodpecker" creator Walter Lantz is born.
  • 1922 Actor Jack Klugman (The Odd Couple's Oscar Madison, Quincy) is born. He dies on Christmas Eve 2012.
  • 1927, Educator and civil rights political activist leader Coretta Scott King, the widow of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was born. She died in January 2006.
  • 1932, American poet Hart Crane, returning from Mexico where he had gone on a Guggenheim Fellowship, drowned after jumping from a steamer while en route to New York. He was 32.
  • 1937, the nation's first Social Security checks were distributed.
  • 1938, Geraldine Apponyi was the first American woman to become a queen, when she married King Zog ofAlbania on this day.
  • 1946, The first commercial carrier ship to be equipped with radar, the SS African Star, was placed in service.
  • 1947, Badfinger singer-guitarist-keyboardist Pete Ham is born. He dies in 1975.
  • 1947, It was "Babe Ruth Day" as baseball fans across the country honored the ailing star.
  • 1950, The Boston Celtics hired Arnold "Red" Auerbach to coach their losing team. In 16 seasons, he led them to nine NBA championships.
  • 1956, Rocky Marciano retired from boxing, joining Gene Tunney as the only heavyweight champ to leave undefeated. Marciano finished his career at 49-0, with all but six of those wins by knockout.
  • 1964, The John Lennon book In His Own Write is published in theU.S.
  • 1965 Newsman Edward R. Murrow dies at age 57.
  • 1965, R. C. Duncan patented Pampers brand disposable diapers.
  • 1968, Simon & Garfunkel released their hit song "Mrs. Robinson," from the film The Graduate.
  • 1974, "I'll Have To Say I Love You In A Song" by Jim Croce peaks at Number Nine on the pop chart.
  • 1974, "Let It Ride" by Bachman-Turner Overdrive peaks at Number 23 on the pop chart.
  • 1974, "Oh My My" by Ringo Starr peaks at Number Five on the pop chart.
  • 1974, Chicago VII by Chicago hits Number One on the album chart.
  • 1976, David Bowie is detained for several hours by customs officials at the border betweenPoland and the then-U.S.S.R for carrying Nazi memorabilia.
  • 1981 The Rush album Moving Pictures is certified platinum.
  • 1981, Ringo Starr marries actress Barbara Bach.
  • 1985, "Rock And Roll Girls" by John Fogerty peaks at Number 20 on the pop chart.
  • 1985, We Are The World by USA For Africa hits Number One on the album chart, where it stays for three weeks.
  • 1988, Open Up And Say ... Ahh by Poison is released.
  • 1990 Singer W. Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses marries Erin Everly. The marriage lasts 27 days.
  • 1994, an outdoor funeral service was held for former President Richard M. Nixon at the Nixon Library inYorba Linda,California. The service was attended by all five of his presidential successors.
  • 1996, Actors Sean Penn and Robin Wright are married.
  • 1999 Godsmack's self-titled debut album is certified gold.
  • 1999 It is announced that the alternative music festival Lollapalooza will not return for a second consecutive year. Organizers cite lack of a strong enough lineup as the reason for the cancellation.
  • 2000, New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani disclosed that he had prostate cancer. Soon after that disclosure, and the revelation that he had a mistress, Giuliani bowed out of the U.S. Senate race against Hillary Rodham Clinton.
  • 2002 Former Kiss lead guitarist Ace Frehley hosts his "Birthday Bash 2002" to celebrate his 51st birthday, with 500 fans who pay $125 to be with their hero. Drummer Eric Singer is in attendance, and singer-bassist Gene Simmons makes a brief appearance to present Ace with a birthday cake.
  • 2004 Black Box by Black Sabbath is released.
  • 2004 Radiohead is forced to cancel a show in Melbourne, Australia, because lead singer Thom Yorke is suffering from voice and throat problems.
  • 2005 U2 shoots the video for "City OfBlinding Lights" at theGM Place inVancouver,British Columbia.
  • 2009 Creed officially announces that it is reuniting after a five-year break for a world tour and new studio album.
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