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

Sunday, May 5, 2013


  • Bill Ward (drummer, Black Sabbath) (65)
  • Michael Palin (actor, comedian, and Monty Python member) (70)
  • Tina Yothers (actress, Family Ties' Jennifer Keaton) (40)
  • Lance Henriksen (actor, The Right Stuff, The Terminator, The Quick And The Dead, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Damien: Omen II, Aliens, Alien 3, Millenium) (73)
  • Brian Williams (NBC News anchor) (54)
  • Kyan Douglas (grooming expert on Queer Eye For The Straight Guy) (43)
  • John Rhys-Davies (actor, “Sallah” in the Indiana Jones films, “Gimli” in the Lord Of The Rings movies) (69)
  • Ann B. Davis (actress, Alice of The Brady Bunch) (87)
  • Henry Cavill (actor, Man of Steel, The Tudors, Whatever Works, Tristan & Isolde, Creek) (30)
  • Adele (singer) (25)
  • Henry Cavill (actor, The Tudors, Whatever Works, Tristan & Isolde, the new Superman in Man Of Steel) (30)
  • Kurt Loder (music journalist, MTV News correspondent) (68)
  • Ian McCulloch (singer/guitarist, Echo And The Bunnymen) (54)
  • Chris Brown (R&B singer) (24)
  • Brooke Hogan (singer, daughter of Hulk Hogan) (25)


  • 1862, badly outnumbered Mexican troops defeated invading French forces in the Battle Of Puebla. The anniversary -- Cinco De Mayo (literally Fifth Of May) -- is observed as a regional holiday inMexico, but as a cultural holiday in theU.S., and is an excuse for a Mexican-themed party...
  • 1893, the stock market crashed, leading to the second-worst economic crisis in U.S. history -- behind the Great Depression of the 1930s -- with 15-to-20 percent of the work force unemployed.
  • 1904, the American League's first perfect game was pitched by Cy Young, who led his Boston Americans to a 3-0 victory over Philadelphia.
  • 1925, Tennessee teacher John T. Scopes was arrested for teaching Charles Darwin's theory of evolution in violation of state law. His trial was the basis for the play and movie Inherit The Wind.
  • 1945, in the only fatal attack of its kind during World War II, a Japanese balloon bomb exploded on Oregon's Gearhart Mountain, killing a pregnant woman and five children who were on a picnic.
  • 1968, Buffalo Springfield plays their final show, inLong Beach,California.
  • 1973, Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite by Elvis Presley hits Number One on the album chart.
  • 1973, Secretariat won the Kentucky Derby. He went on to take the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes, winning the Triple Crown.
  • 1979, "Blow Away" by George Harrison peaks at Number 16 on the pop chart.
  • 1981, Irish Republican Army hunger-striker Bobby Sands died at the Maze Prison in Northern Ireland on his 66th day without food.
  • 1984, "Show Me" by the Pretenders peaks at Number 28 on the pop chart, on the same day that band leader Chrissie Hynde marries Simple Minds frontman Jim Kerr. They later divorce.
  • 1986, The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Foundation announces that the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame And Museum will be built inCleveland.
  • 1990, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, and John Paul Jones attend Jason Bonham's wedding. At the reception, the trio takes the stage and performs with the groom, who is the son of late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham.
  • 1990, "What It Takes" by Aerosmith peaks at Number Nine on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1992 Pearl Jam's debut album, Ten, is certified platinum.
  • 1994 Drug possession charges against Courtney Love are dropped after it turns out she was taking a prescription painkiller.
  • 1994, Singapore caned American teen Michael Fay for vandalism, one day after the sentence was reduced from six lashes to four after an appeal by President Bill Clinton.
  • 1995 Former Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler is arraigned on a felony count of possession of heroin, as well as two misdemeanor drug charges.
  • 1995, As rescue workers ended their search for bodies in the Oklahoma City bombing, President Clinton denounced self-styled anti-government militias, saying, "How dare you call yourselves patriots and heroes."
  • 1996,Israel and the Palestinians began the final stage of their peace talks inTaba,Egypt.
  • 1996, King Juan Carlos swore in conservative leader Jose Maria Aznar as Spanish prime minister, opening a new era in Spanish politics after 13 years of Socialist rule.
  • 1996, The FBI released preliminary figures showing that serious crimes reported to police fell for the fourth straight year in 1995.
  • 1997, A jury in Jacksonville, Florida, found R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company was not responsible for the death of Jean Connor, a lifelong smoker.
  • 1998, Secretary Of State Madeleine Albright called on Israel to agree to hand over an additional 13 percent of the West Bank to the Palestinians, on top of the 27 percent already relinquished.
  • 1999, The first Kosovo refugees brought to theUnited States, 453 of them, arrived atFort Dix,New Jersey.
  • 2000 Actors Billy Bob Thornton and Angelina Jolie wed. They later divorce.
  • 2000 The movie Gladiator, starring Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed, and Richard Harris, opens.
  • 2000, Reformers sweptIran's run-off elections, winning control of the legislature from conservatives for the first time since 1979 Islamic revolution.
  • 2000, The Labor Department reported the nation's unemployment rate had hit a 30-year low of 3.9 percent in April 2000, with blacks and Hispanics recording the lowest jobless rates in history.
  • 2001 Days Of The New pulls out of Atlanta's Music Midtown festival at the last minute when frontman Travis Meeks learns that Tantric -- featuring former Days Of The New members -- is playing an hour later on a different stage.
  • 2003, A Ted Nugent interview with aDenver radio station was cut short after Nugent reportedly uses some racial slurs.
  • 2005 Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil hosts the ninth annual Skylar Neil Memorial Golf Tournament at the Malibu Country Club in Malibu, California. The tournament is named after Neil's daughter Skylar, who died from stomach cancer in August 1995 at the age of four, and all proceeds go to the T.J. Martell Foundation to fund research into cures and treatments of leukemia, cancer, and AIDS.
  • 2005 Weezer's fifth album, Make Believe, debuts online on MySpace.com a week before its official release date.
  • 2006 Guns N' Roses frontman W. Axl Rose breaks his silence on the group's lineup and future plans when he shows up for a rare interview as a surprise late night guest on a New York radio station.
  • 2006 The first official performance from the reunited Alice In Chains airs on a new episode of VH1 Classic's Decades Rock Live that pays tribute to fellow Seattle band Heart.
  • 2007 Evanescence abruptly parts ways with guitarist John LeCompt and drummer Rocky Gray, with Gray quitting after LeCompt is reportedly fired.
  • 2008 A brand new Nine Inch Nails album called The Slip is posted online at midnight as a free download at nin.com.
  • 2008 Radiohead kicks off a North American tour by issuing an appeal to fans to consider alternate means of travel to shows, including public transportation, in order to reduce carbon emissions.
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