Rabbi's On This Day: Wednesday, 5/1/13
Posted 5/1/2013 12:00:00 PM

Wednesday, May 1, 2013


  • Judy Collins (folk singer-songwriter) (74)
  • Rita Coolidge (singer-songwriter) (68)
  • Tim McGraw (country singer/actor) (46)
  • Wes Anderson (writer and director of acclaimed cult films Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Darjeeling Limited, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, Moonrise Kingdom) (44)
  • Ray Parker, Jr. (musician, songwriter, producer, "Ghostbusters") (59)
  • Jerry Weiss (trumpeter, Blood, Sweat & Tears) (67)
  • Marilyn Milian (judge, The People's Court) (52)
  • Paul Teutul, Sr. (American Chopper) (64)
  • Joanna Lumley (actress, Absolutely Fabulous's Patsy, Standing Room Only, Eurotrip, Ella Enchanted) (67)
  • Julie Benz (actress, No Ordinary Family, Dexter, A Gifted Man) (41)
  • D'arcy Wretzky (former bassist, the Smashing Pumpkins) (45)
  • Johnny Colt (former bassist, the Black Crowes) (47)


  • 1852, Samuel Clemens -- more famously known as Mark Twain -- made his writing debut in the humorous Boston weekly, The Carpet Bag.
  • 1918 Former Tonight Show host Jack Paar is born. He dies in 2004.
  • 1920, the longest baseball game ever played ended after 26 innings in 1-1 tie between the Brooklyn Robins and the Boston Braves.
  • 1923 Author Joseph Heller (Catch-22) is born. He dies in 1999.
  • 1926, Satchel Paige made his pitching debut in the Negro Southern League.
  • 1931,New York City's 102-storyEmpireStateBuilding, the tallest building in the world up to that time, was dedicated.
  • 1939 Batman makes his comic book debut in Detective Comics Number 27, in a six-page story called "The Case Of The Chemical Syndicate."
  • 1940, the 1940 Olympics were canceled because of World War II.
  • 1941 The movie Citizen Kane, starring Orson Welles, opens.
  • 1941, Cheerios cereal was introduced by General Mills.
  • 1945, one day after Adolf Hitler committed suicide, it was announced that Admiral Karl Doenitz had succeeded him as leader of the Third Reich. Seven days later, on May 8th, Doenitz announcedGermany's unconditional surrender to the Allies.
  • 1948, the People's Democratic Republic Of Korea -- Communist North Korea -- was proclaimed.
  • 1954, theUnificationChurch, whose followers are sometimes called "Moonies," was established.
  • 1960, the Soviet Union shot down an American U2 spy plane and captured its pilot, Francis Gary Powers.
  • 1963, James W. Whittaker of Redmond, Washington, became the first American to conquer Mount Everest as he and a Sherpa guide reached the summit.
  • 1965, "The Last Time" by the Rolling Stones peaks at Number Nine on the pop chart.
  • 1966, The Beatles play their final live U.K show for a paying audience at the annual concert sponsored by the music newspaper New Musical Express.
  • 1967, Elvis Presley married Priscilla Ann Beaulieu at the Aladdin Hotel inLas Vegas. They divorced in 1973.
  • 1969, Leonard Tose, a trucking executive fromPhiladelphia, bought the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League for $16,155,000. It was the largest price paid to date for a pro football franchise.
  • 1971, "Lucky Man" by Emerson, Lake & Palmer peaks at Number 48 on the pop chart.
  • 1971, Amtrak, which combined 18 passenger railroads, went into service.
  • 1974, Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek and Stooges frontman Iggy Pop begin rehearsals for a new band in Los Angeles. Nothing ever comes from the sessions.
  • 1975, The Rolling Stones announce their Tour Of The Americas by playing "Brown Sugar" on the back of a flatbed truck driving slowly downFifth Avenue inNew York City.
  • 1976, "Shout It Out Loud" by Kiss peaks at Number 31 on the pop chart.
  • 1976, Presence by Led Zeppelin hits Number One on the album chart.
  • 1977 The Clash begin their first tour inLondon.
  • 1981, tennis star Billie Jean King disclosed that she had a lesbian affair.
  • 1984, Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood files for bankruptcy.
  • 1991, Rickey Henderson of the Oakland A's broke Lou Brock's all-time stolen base record with his 939th steal.
  • 1992, on the third day of the L.A. riots, beaten motorist Rodney King publicly appealed for calm, asking, "Can't we all just get along?"
  • 1993 Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain suffers a heroin overdose at a party.
  • 1993, "If I Ever Lose My Faith In You" by Sting peaks at Number 17 on the pop chart.
  • 1996, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos are married.
  • 1997 The Van Halen album Best Of Volume 1 is certified both gold and platinum.
  • 1997, John & Patsy Ramsey, the parents of slain child beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey, declared their innocence in the case, and asked for the public's help in finding the killer of their six-year-old daughter.
  • 1998, Actors Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke are married. They later divorce.
  • 1999, Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic agreed to hand over three captured U.S. soldiers during the Kosovo conflict to the Reverend Jesse Jackson.
  • 2000, About three-and-a-half million Time Warner cable subscribers temporarily lost access to seven Disney-owned ABC stations in a quarrel over transmission rights.
  • 2000, The George Thorogood & the Destroyers tour bus catches fire and is destroyed while driving on Interstate 75 outside Ocala, Florida. No one from the band or crew was hurt, but a lot of equipment was lost or damaged.
  • 2001 Pearl Jam releases its first full-length DVD, titled Touring Band 2000. The three-hour disc features 28 live songs filmed in various cities during the band's 2000U.S. tour.
  • 2003 Kevin Eckenrod is arrested in Clearwater, Florida, and held on $20,000 bail for credit card theft while impersonating Creed guitarist Mark Tremonti. He also allegedly used his resemblance to Tremonti to get free drinks and a place to stay.
  • 2003 Kid Rock's Devil Without A Cause album is certified 11-times platinum.
  • 2003, Metallica shoots a video for the song "St. Anger" on the grounds ofCalifornia's San Quentin State Prison, playing a one-hour set for the inmates after the shoot is finished.
  • 2003, President Bush, on the deck of the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln, declared that, quote, "major combat operations" had ended in Iraq. Bush delivered the speech with a banner behind him that read "Mission Accomplished," after arriving on the carrier dressed in a flight suit on a Navy jet.
  • 2004 Radiohead headlines the first night of the fifth annual Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, which sets a new attendance record over the two nights with 50,000 fans at the event.
  • 2005 Newly public court papers indicate that Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington and his wife Samantha are splitting up after nine years of marriage.
  • 2005 The sixth annual Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival closes with a headlining performance from Nine Inch Nails.
  • 2007 Rush releases its 18th studio album, and first in five years, Snakes & Arrows.
  • 2008 Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger is sentenced to a one-year driving ban and a fine of $590 for drunk driving, stemming from an incident that occurred in 2006.
  • 2009 No Doubt performs live for the first time in nearly five years on NBC's Today show, followed the next night by their first proper concert in the same time frame inAtlantic City,New Jersey.
  • 2012 Marilyn Manson releases his eighth studio album, Born Villain.
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