Rabbi's On This Day: Friday, 5/3/13
Posted 5/3/2013 12:00:00 PM

Friday, May 3, 2013


  • Christina Hendricks (actress, Mad Men) (38)
  • Greg Gumbel (sportscaster) (67)
  • Dule Hill (actor, played "Charlie" on The West Wing, Psych) (38)
  • Pete Seeger (legendary folk singer) (94)
  • Frankie Valli (lead singer of the Four Seasons, actor on The Sopranos) (79)
  • Bobby Cannavale (actor, Third Watch, Cupid, Nurse Jackie) (43, disputed 42)
  • Pete Staples (bassist, the Troggs) (69)
  • Mary Hopkin (singer "Those Were The Days") (63)
  • Christopher Cross (singer, "Sailing," "Ride Like The Wind," "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do") (62)
  • Ron Popeil (inventor and TV pitchman, Veg-O-Matic, Popeil Pocket Fisherman, Mr. Microphone, GLH-9 Hair In A Can Spray, Showtime Rotisserie) (78)
  • Levi Johnston (father of Sarah Palin's grandchild, former fiance of Bristol Palin) (23)
  • Josey Scott (ex-lead singer, Saliva) (41)
  • Paul Banks (lead singer, Interpol) (35)


  • 1469, Italian political philosopher Niccolo Machiavelli was born.
  • 1649, the first American law to regulate the practice of medicine passed inNew York.
  • 1802,Washington,D.C., was incorporated as a city. The mayor was appointed by the president, and the council elected by property owners.
  • 1898, Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir was born.
  • 1903 Bing Crosby is born inTacoma,Washington.
  • 1921,West Virginia imposed the first state sales tax.
  • 1933 "The Godfather Of Soul," legendary R&B singer James Brown, is born. He dies on Christmas Day in 2006.
  • 1933,The United States Mint was under the direction of a woman, Nellie Ross, for the first time.
  • 1936, Joe DiMaggio played his first major league game, getting three hits in the New York Yankees' 14-5 win over St. Louis.
  • 1937, Author Margaret Mitchell won a Pulitzer Prize for her novel Gone With The Wind.
  • 1947 Magician and actor Doug Henning is born.
  • 1948, Playwright Tennessee Williams wins the Pulitzer Prize for his play A Streetcar Named Desire.
  • 1948, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that covenants banning the sale of real estate to blacks or members of other racial groups were legally unenforceable.
  • 1960, The play The Fantasticks opened at the Sullivan Playhouse inNew York City. It would become the longest-running off-Broadway play ever.
  • 1969, "Badge" by Cream peaks at Number 60 on the pop chart.
  • 1969, Jimi Hendrix is arrested for possession of heroin atTorontoInternationalAirport and released on $10,000 bail.
  • 1971, National Public Radio, a national noncommercial radio network financed by the Corporation For Public Broadcasting, began broadcasting.
  • 1975, Chicago VIII by Chicago hits Number One on the album chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1975, Elton John performs "Philadelphia Freedom" and "Bennie And The Jets" on the TV show Soul Train.
  • 1976, Paul McCartney kicked off his first U.S. solo tour with Wings, dubbed the Wings Over America tour, at the Tarrant County Convention Center in Fort Worth.
  • 1977, "Life In The Fast Lane" by the Eagles is released.
  • 1977, Van Halen signs their first contract with Warner Bros. Records.
  • 1979, the victorious Conservative Party chose Margaret Thatcher to become Britain's first female prime minister, a position she held for the next 12 years.
  • 1980, "Fire Lake" by Bob Seger peaks at Number Six on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks. That same day, Against The Wind hits Number One on the album chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1980, "You May Be Right" by Billy Joel peaks at Number Seven on the pop chart, where it stays for three weeks.
  • 1986 "Absolute Beginners" by David Bowie peaks at Number 53 on the pop chart.
  • 1986, "Addicted To Love" by Robert Palmer hits Number One on the pop chart, the same day that Riptide peaks at Number Eight on the album chart.
  • 1986, "American Storm" by Bob Seger peaks at Number 13 on the pop chart.
  • 1986, "Harlem Shuffle" by the Rolling Stones peaks at Number Five on the pop chart. That same day, Dirty Work peaks at Number Four on the album chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1986, Horse racing legend Bill Shoemaker became the oldest jockey to win the Kentucky Derby. "The Shoe" was atop Ferdinand for the win. It had been 32 years since Shoemaker's first Kentucky Derby victory in 1955.
  • 1986, In NASA's first post-Challenger launch, an unmanned Delta rocket lost power in its main engine shortly after liftoff, forcing safety officers to destroy it by remote control.
  • 1988, The White House acknowledged that first lady Nancy Reagan had used astrological advice to help schedule her husband's activities, after a report about unflattering revelations in an impending memoir by former chief of staff Donald Regan.
  • 1994, The Rolling Stones hold a press conference for Voodoo Lounge on a pier on the west side of New York City. To get to the event, the band sails down the Hudson River on the Honey Fitz, a yacht once owned by former President John F. Kennedy.
  • 2000 In San Mateo, California, Metallica delivers over 60,000 pages of information to Napster's corporate offices, listing more than 1.4 million copyright violations of 95 Metallica songs and recordings by 335,435 distinct Napster users.
  • 2000 The Offspring's Smash is certified six-times platinum for sales of over six million copies.
  • 2002, The movie Spider-Man, starring Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe, Kirsten Dunst, and Cliff Robertson, opens.
    2003, Matt LeBlanc marries Melissa McKnight. They have since divorced.
  • 2003 Metallica shoots their MTVicon tribute show, with Avril Lavigne, Sum 41, Snoop Dogg, Staind, Korn, and Limp Bizkit, among others.
  • 2003 Twisted Sister plays the first of three shows atU.S. military bases inSouth Korea.
  • 2004 Courtney Love appears in court to negotiate a deal in which prosecutors will drop drug charges against her if she enters a treatment program. Prosecutors reveal that Love tested positive for cocaine, along with several other drugs, after being arrested the previous October.
  • 2005 With Teeth, the first new Nine Inch Nails album since 1999's The Fragile, is released.
  • 2006 Godsmack's fourth album, IV, debuts at Number One on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of more than 211,000 copies.
  • 2013 Iron Man Three, starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce and Ben Kingsley, opens in theaters.
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