Rabbi's On This Day: Saturday, 5/4/13
Posted 5/4/2013 12:00:00 PM

Saturday, May 4, 2013


  • Mick Mars (guitarist, Motley Crue) (62)
  • Dick Dale (guitarist, "Miserlou," "Pipeline"; known as "the king of the surf guitar") (76)
  • Soozie Tyrell (violinist, Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band & Seeger Sessions Band) (56)
  • Georg Wadenius (guitarist, Blood, Sweat & Tears and session work) (68)
  • Will Arnett (actor/comedian, Up All Night, 30 Rock, Arrested Development, Sit Down Shut Up, Blades of Glory, Semi-Pro, married to Amy Poehler) (43)
  • Lance Bass (singer, formerly of *NSYNC) (34)
  • Mary Elizabeth McDonough (TV actress, starred as Erin on TV's The Waltons) (52)
  • Randy Travis (country singer and actor) (54)
  • George F. Will (columnist, author, and political pundit) (72)
  • Pia Zadora (actress and singer) (59)
  • Oleta Adams (singer) (60, disputed)
  • Jackie Jackson (singer, of the Jacksons) (62)
  • Mike Dirnt (bassist, Green Day) (41)
  • Ana Gasteyer (actress-comedienne, former Saturday Night Live cast member, Mean Girls) (46)
  • Richard Jenkins (actor, The Visitor, Six Feet Under, North Country, Burn After Reading) (66)
  • Alexander Gould (actor, Shane Botwin on Weeds) (19)
  • Robin Cook (author, Coma) (73)


  • 1626, Dutch explorer Peter Minuit landed on present-dayManhattanIsland. Minuit later bought the island from the Indians with cloth and brass buttons.
  • 1886, the first practical phonograph -- known as the gramophone -- was patented.
  • 1929 Actress Audrey Hepburn (Sabrina, Breakfast At Tiffany's, My Fair Lady) is born. She dies in 1993.
  • 1932, convicted of income tax evasion, mobster Al Capone -- "Public Enemy Number One" -- entered a federal penitentiary.
  • 1958, Graffiti-turned-pop artist Keith Haring was born. He died from AIDS-related causes in 1990.
  • 1959, the first Grammy Awards were presented.
  • 1960, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz divorced.
  • 1960, the birth control pill was approved by the Food & Drug Administration.
  • 1964, Denny Laine, Mike Pinder, Ray Thomas, Graeme Edge, and Clint Warwick form the Moody Blues.
  • 1968, "Call Me Lightning" by the Who peaks at Number 40 on the pop chart.
  • 1968, "The Unknown Soldier" by the Doors peaks at Number 39 on the pop chart.
  • 1970, Ohio National Guard troops opened fire on anti-Vietnam War protesters at Kent State University, killing four students and wounding nine others.  The incident inspires the Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young anti-war anthem "Ohio."
  • 1973 Led Zeppelin opens aU.S. tour, which is billed as the "biggest and most profitable rock & roll tour in the history of theUnited States." A group spokesman predicts the group will gross over $3 million.
  • 1974, "The Loco-Motion" by Grand Funk Railroad, a cover of the Little Eva song, hits Number One on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks. That same day, Shinin' On peaks at Number Five on the album chart, where it spends two non-consecutive weeks.
  • 1975 Actor-comedian Moe Howard (the Three Stooges) dies at age 77.
  • 1975, Actor-comedian Moe Howard (the Three Stooges) dies at age 77.
  • 1977, Graham Nash and Susan Sennett are married.
  • 1977, The Beatles At The Hollywood Bowl is released.
  • 1985, "All She Wants To Do Is Dance" by Don Henley peaks at Number Nine on the pop chart.
  • 1989, fired White House aide Colonel Oliver North was convicted of shredding documents and two other obstruction of justice crimes and acquitted of nine other charges related to the Iran-Contra affair. The convictions were later overturned on appeal.
  • 1991, Texas Governor Ann Richards proclaims it "ZZ Top Day" inTexas.
  • 1993 Live: Right Here, Right Now by Van Halen is certified both gold and platinum.
  • 1994, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestine Liberation Organization leader Yasser Arafat signed a historic accord granting Palestinian self-rule in the Gaza Strip and Jericho.
  • 1995 U2 announces plans to launch Zoo-TV, a series based on their 1993 tour, on MTV that summer.
  • 1998 Stone Temple Pilots' first three albums -- Core, Purple, and Tiny Music: Songs From The Vatican Gift Shop -- are certified multi-platinum for sales of seven, five, and two million, respectively.
  • 1998, Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski was given four life sentences plus 30 years under a plea agreement that spared him the death penalty.
  • 2001, Bonny Lee Bakley, the wife of actor Robert Blake, was shot to death as she sat in a car near aLos Angeles restaurant. Blake was arrested in April 2002 in connection with the murder. He was eventually tried for murder but was exonerated.
  • 2001, The movie The Mummy Returns, starring Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, Arnold Vosloo, and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, opens.
  • 2002, Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne attend the annual White House Correspondents Dinner in Washington, D.C., as the guest of TV commentator Greta Van Susteren.
  • 2003, The 100th victim of the Great White club fire at The Station nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island, dies at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, where she'd been in critical condition since the blaze on February 20th.
  • 2004 Celebrity Justice reveals that former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan have filed a lawsuit against lead singer W. Axl Rose, claiming that Rose has cost them millions of dollars by canceling deals that would have placed Guns N' Roses songs in various movies.
  • 2006 Black Sabbath's "Iron Man" is named Number One on VH1's list of the "40 Greatest Metal Songs."
  • 2006 Pearl Jam performs on Late Show With David Letterman, and they also do a mini-concert on the street outside the Ed Sullivan Theatre inNew York City after the TV taping.
  • 2007 Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger is reportedly involved in a fight outside aVancouver nightclub in the early morning, allegedly punching another man in the face after the man continuously heckles him, shouting things like "Nickelback sucks."
  • 2010 Godsmack releases The Oracle, its fifth studio album and first since 2006, while Deftones issue their sixth studio effort, Diamond Eyes.
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