Rabbi's On This Day: Saturday, 5/11/13
Posted 5/11/2013 12:00:00 PM

Saturday, May 11, 2013


  • Eric Burdon (singer, the Animals) (72)
  • Butch Trucks (drummer, the Allman Brothers Band) (66)
  • Louis Farrakhan (Nation Of Islam Representative and leader) (80)
  • Martha Quinn (original MTV VJ) (54)
  • Jeffrey Donovan (actor, Burn Notice, Changeling) (45)
  • Jonathan Jackson (actor, Nashville, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Tuck Everlasting, Camp Nowhere) (31)
  • Cory Monteith (actor, Finn on Glee) (31)
  • Perttu Kivilaakso (Finnish cellist, Apocalyptica) (35)


  • 330, Constantinople was dedicated as the new capital of the Roman Empire. It was named after the Emperor Constantine and built over the ancient city ofByzantium.
  • 1502, Christopher Columbus leavesSpain on his fourth, and last, voyage.
  • 1858,Minnesota becomes the 32nd state to enter the union.
  • 1904, Surreal painter and artist Salvadore Dali was born. He passed away inSpain, in the same town he was born, in 1989.
  • 1910, In northwestMontana,GlacierNational Park was established.
  • 1916, Albert Einstein's Theory Of General Relativity was presented.
  • 1933 Father Mychal Judge, the Catholic priest and New York City Fire Department chaplain killed in the September 11th, 2001, terror attack on theWorldTradeCenter, is born.
  • 1960, Israeli soldiers captured former Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann inBuenos Aires,Argentina. He was brought back toIsrael for trial on charges of crimes against humanity, crimes against Jews, and war crimes. He was found guilty and hanged on May 31st, 1962.
  • 1963, Actress Natasha Richardson (Nell, The Parent Trap, Maid in Manhattan, wife of actor Liam Neeson) is born. She dies in 2009 from a freak skiing injury.
  • 1965, The Byrds make their TV debut, performing their version of Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man" on Hullabaloo.
  • 1969, The Battle Of Hamburger Hill took place inVietnam.
  • 1974, "(I've Been) Searchin' So Long" by Chicago peaks at Number Nine on the pop chart, where it stays for three weeks.
  • 1974, Buddha And The Chocolate Box by Cat Stevens peaks at Number Two on the album chart, where it stays for three weeks.
  • 1974, Elvis Presley welcomes the members of Led Zeppelin backstage at the Los Angeles Forum after he performs. Presley and Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant sing an impromptu version of "LoveMe."
  • 1981, Bob Marley dies at age 36.
  • 1984 The movie The Natural, starring Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, Glenn Close, and Kim Basinger, opens.
  • 1984, eight teenagers were killed when a fire broke out inside the Haunted Castle attraction at the Six Flags Great Adventure amusement park in New Jersey.
  • 1985, Southern Accents by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers peaks at Number Seven on the album chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1989,Kenya announced that it would seek a worldwide ban on the trade of ivory -- a move intended to preserve its fast-dwindling elephant herds.
  • 1991 Pearl Jam begins recording its debut album, Ten.
  • 1991, "She Talks To Angels" by the Black Crowes peaks at Number 30 on the pop chart.
  • 1993 Nirvana denies rumors that its record label, Geffen Records, doesn't want to release its new album because it's not commercial enough.
  • 1994 The Crow, starring the late Brandon Lee, opens in theatres.
  • 1994,Arkansas put to death two convicted murderers. It was the first time a state executed two people on the same day since the U.S. Supreme Court allowed states to restore the death penalty in 1976.
  • 1996 A 17-year-old fan is crushed to death at a Smashing Pumpkins show inDublin,Ireland.
  • 1996, ValuJet Flight 592 crashed in the Florida Everglades, killing all 109 people on board. The plane had reported smoke in the cockpit shortly after takeoff and was trying to turn back.
  • 1997, IBM computer "Deep Blue" beat chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov, winning a six-game match.
  • 1998 R.E.M. is honored by theUniversity OfGeorgia's Student Historic Preservation Organization for the band's concern for historic buildings inAthens,Georgia.
  • 1998,India set off three underground atomic blasts, its first nuclear tests in 24 years.
  • 2001 Author Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy) dies at age 49.
  • 2001 Guns N' Roses cancels a European tour that was supposed to begin on June 1st, citing illness on the part of guitarist Buckethead as the reason.
  • 2002 Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton loses hisCape Cod home in a fire.
  • 2003, Jimi Hendrix Experience bassist Noel Redding dies at age 57.
  • 2004 Former Hole and Smashing Pumpkins bassist Melissa Auf Der Maur begins her first national tour as a solo artist, opening for the Offspring.
  • 2004 Judas Priest releases a four-CD, 65-song career retrospective called Metalogy.
  • 2005 Nine Inch Nails' With Teeth, the group's first album of new material in six years, debuts at Number One on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 271,563 copies.
  • 2005 The White Stripes step back onto a stage for the first time in nearly two years inMonterrey,Mexico.
  • 2005, Jimmy Page plays a bit of Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" to start the trading day at the New York Stock Exchange, to celebrate the initial public offering of the Warner Music Group. Page's Les Paul and Marshall amps are so loud that no one on the floor of the exchange can hear the opening bell.
  • 2007 Ex-Audioslave and Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell receives the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award at the third annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert at the Music Box Theatre inLos Angeles. Cornell, a recovering addict, is honored for his work with the MAP Fund in helping musicians who are also in recovery.
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