Rabbi's On This Day: Friday, 5/10/13
Posted 5/10/2013 12:00:00 PM

Friday, May 10, 2013

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS:

  • Bono (lead singer of the band U2 and activist) (53)
  • Mark David Chapman (the man who shot and killed John Lennon) (58)
  • Dave Mason (singer-guitarist, Traffic) (67)
  • Jay Ferguson (lead singer, Spirit, Jo Jo Gunne) (66)
  • Erik Palladino (actor, played Dr. Dave Mallucci on ER) (45)
  • Linda Evangelista (model) (48)
  • Donovan (singer, "Mellow Yellow," "Hurdy Gurdy Man," "Sunshine Superman") (67)
  • Keenan Thompson (actor, Saturday Night Live, Fat Albert, All That, Good Burger) (35)
  • Odette Annable (actress, Breaking In, October Road, The Unborn, Cloverfield, wife of Brothers and Sisters actor Dave Annable) (28)
  • Danny Carey (drummer, Tool) (52)

ON THIS DAY:

  • 1865, Union forces captured Confederate President Jefferson Davis inGeorgia.
  • 1899 is born.
  • 1899, Actor-dancer Fred Astaire (Top Hat, Holiday Inn, Easter Parade, The Towering Inferno) was born today. He died in 1987.
  • 1902, David O. Selznick was born today. He died in 1965.
  • 1922 Actress Nancy Walker (McMillan And Wife, Rhoda) is born.
  • 1924, the FBI appointed J. Edgar Hoover as director, a post he held until his death in 1972.
  • 1930 Pat Summerall (sportscaster and former NFL player) is born. He dies in April 2013.
  • 1930, InChicago, the firstU.S. planetarium opened.
  • 1933 The Nazis stage massive public book burnings inGermany.
  • 1940, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain resigned, and Winston Churchill formed a new government.
  • 1954, Bill Haley recorded the rock-and-roll classic "Rock Around The Clock."
  • 1957, Sex Pistols singer-bassist Sid Vicious is born. He dies in 1979 at age 21.
  • 1963, The Rolling Stones record a version of the Chuck Berry song "Come On" that is rejected by Decca Records as being "dreadful."
  • 1965, The Rolling Stones begin recording "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" at Chess Studios inChicago.
  • 1969, the National and American Football Leagues announced plans to merge for the 1970-71 season. The merger formed two conferences of 13 teams each.
  • 1974 The single "Kissin' Time" by Kiss is released.
  • 1975, Crash Landing by Jimi Hendrix peaks at Number Five on the album chart.
  • 1978, Britain's Princess Margaret, Queen Elizabeth II's sister, and the Earl Of Snowdon announced they were divorcing after 18 years of marriage.
  • 1986, "Take Me Home" by Phil Collins peaks at Number Seven on the pop chart, where it stays for three weeks.
  • 1986, Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee and actress Heather Locklear are married. They later divorce.
  • 1994 Weezer releases its self-titled debut album (a.k.a. "the blue album").
  • 1994, country singer Willie Nelson was arrested on drug possession charges in Texas after a police officer found him asleep in his car with a marijuana cigarette in the ashtray. The case was later thrown out of court and the police officer was fired.
  • 1994, former political prisoner Nelson Mandela was inaugurated as the first black president ofSouth Africa.
  • 1994, The state of Illinois executed convicted serial killer John Wayne Gacy for the murders of 33 young men and boys.
  • 1995 The Black Crowes donate all proceeds from theirOklahoma City concert to charities helping the victims and survivors of the federal office building bombing.
  • 1999 The History Of Rock 'N' Roll, a 10-part series that traces music's evolution from post-World War II swing, blues, and pop to '90s hip-hop and industrial, premieres on VH1.
  • 2000 Creed's Human Clay is certified quadruple platinum.
  • 2002, spy Robert Hanssen was sentenced to life in prison with no chance for parole. Hanssen, an FBI agent, had soldU.S. secrets toMoscow over many years for $1.4 million in cash and diamonds.
  • 2003 Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler is given an honorary Doctor Of Music degree fromBoston's Berklee College Of Music.
  • 2005 Good Charlotte announces that drummer Chris Wilson has left the band due to "personal health problems."
  • 2005 Weezer releases its fifth album, Make Believe, which was completed in bits and pieces while frontman Rivers Cuomo studied at Harvard.
  • 2006 Tool debuts at Number One on Billboard's Top 200 album chart with first-week sales of 564,000 copies for the band's fourth album, 10,000 Days, while Pearl Jam's self-titled eighth effort lands at Number Two with 279,000 copies.
  • 2008 Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington's side project, Dead By Sunrise makes its live debut at the 13th anniversary celebration of Club Tattoo, the tattoo parlor franchise that Bennington co-owns with Sean Dowdell.
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