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

Sunday, May 12, 2013

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS:

  • Steve Winwood (British rock star) (65)
  • Billy Squier ('80s rock star) (63)
  • Bob MacVittie (drummer, Sugarloaf) (67)
  • Billy Duffy (guitarist, the Cult) (52)
  • Ian McLagan (keyboardist, the Small Faces, the Faces) (68)
  • Burt Bacharach (songwriter and composer) (85)
  • Samantha Mathis (actress, American Psycho, Little Women, Pump Up The Volume, The Punisher) (43)
  • Tony Hawk (professional skateboarder) (45)
  • Jason Biggs (actor, American Pie movies, Jersey Girl, My Best Friend's Girl, Saving Silverman) (35)
  • Stephen Baldwin (actor, The Usual Suspects, Bio-Dome, The Flintstones In Viva Rock Vegas; brother of Alec, William, and Daniel Baldwin) (47)
  • Lawrence "Yogi" Berra (Hall Of Fame Major League Baseball player) (88)
  • Gabriel Byrne (actor, In Treatment, The Usual Suspects, Miller's Crossing, Little Women, Vikings, Enemy Of The State, End Of Days, Ghost Ship) (63)
  • Emilio Estevez (actor, The Breakfast Club, St. Elmo's Fire, the Mighty Ducks movies, Men At Work, Young Guns; son of Martin Sheen; brother of Charlie Sheen; former husband of Paula Abdul) (51)
  • Emilio Estevez (actor, The Breakfast Club) (51)
  • Kim Fields (actress, TV's The Facts Of Life and Living Single) (44)
  • Ving Rhames (actor, Pulp Fiction, Mission: Impossible I, II, and III, Con Air, Dawn Of The Dead, Piranha 3D, Striptease) (54)
  • Kix Brooks (country star, Brooks & Dunn) (58)
  • Billy Swan (singer, "I Can Help") (71)
  • James Purify (of James & Bobby Purify, "I'm Your Puppet") (69)
  • Gavin Hood (director, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Tsotsi, Rendition, Ender's Game) (50)
  • Emily VanCamp (actress, Revenge, Brothers & Sisters, Beyond the Blackboard) (27)
  • Malin Akerman (actress, The Heartbreak Kid, 27 Dresses, The Bang Bang Club, Couples Retreat, The Proposal, Watchmen) (35)
  • Eric Singer (drummer; has worked with Kiss, Alice Cooper, and Black Sabbath, among others) (55)
  • Brett Gurewitz (founder of Epitaph Records; guitarist, Bad Religion) (51)
  • Paul D'Amour (former bassist, Tool) (46)

ON THIS DAY:

  • 1831, The first indicted bank robber in the United States, Edward Smith, was sentenced to five years at hard labor at Sing Sing Prison In New York.
  • 1888, Charles Sherrill of the Yale track team became the first runner to use the crouching start for a fast break in a foot race.
  • 1932, the body of the kidnapped baby son of Charles & Anne Lindbergh was found in a wooded area ofHopewell,New Jersey.
  • 1937 Comedian George Carlin is born. He dies in 2008.
  • 1937, Britain's King George VI was crowned after his brother, Edward VIII, abdicated to marry twice-divorced American Wallis Warfield Simpson.
  • 1938, Sandoz Labs created the hallucinogenic drug LSD.
  • 1943, Axis forces inNorth Africa surrendered to the Allies during World War II.
  • 1949, theSoviet Union announced an end to the Berlin Blockade.
  • 1959, Elizabeth Taylor married for the fourth time, to singer Eddie Fisher.
  • 1963 Bob Dylan declines an invitation to appear on The Ed Sullivan Show when he's told he can't play the song "Talking John Birch Society Blues."
  • 1971, Mick Jagger married Bianca Perez Morena De Macia.
  • 1973, "Drift Away" by Dobie Gray peaks at Number Five on the pop chart.
  • 1973, "Reeling In The Years" by Steely Dan peaks at Number 11 on the pop chart.
  • 1973, Houses Of The Holy by Led Zeppelin hits Number One on the album chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1977 Led Zeppelin receives the Outstanding Contribution To British Music Award at the 22nd Annual Ivor Novello Awards inEngland.
  • 1977 Virgin Records signs the Sex Pistols after they are fired by A&M Records.
  • 1986 Joe Strummer of the Clash is banned from the road for drunk driving.
  • 1992, Actor Robert Reed (The Brady Bunch) dies at age 59.
  • 1997, Australian Susie Maroney became the first woman to swim all the way fromCuba toFlorida, covering the 118-mile distance in 24-and-a-half hours.
  • 1997, former Boston Celtics NBA great Larry Bird was introduced as the Indiana Pacers' new head coach. He stepped down after the 2000 season.
  • 1998 Garbage releases its second album, Version 2.0, while Lenny Kravitz releases 5.
  • 2000 Metallica's Lars Ulrich and Chuck D debate the merits of Napster on PBS's Charlie Rose Show.
  • 2000, Adam Petty, the 19-year-old, fourth-generation driver of NASCAR's most famous family, died in a crash during practice for the Busch 200 at New Hampshire International Speedway.
  • 2001 Live performs at a party thrown by former basketball star Dennis Rodman at his home in Newport Beach, California. 311 is set to play as well until neighbors call the police and have the party shut down.
  • 2003 Queens Of The Stone Age, the Strokes, and Korn are among the acts that donate signed microphones to a charity auction to benefit the Hearing Aid Music Foundation (HAMF). The goal of the organization is to help educate both music industry professionals and consumers about protecting their hearing.
  • 2003 Rob Zombie signs on to write and direct a sequel to his debut horror film, House Of 1000 Corpses.
  • 2006 Guns N' Roses returns to the stage for the first time since December 2002 when the group opens a four-night stand atNew York's Hammerstein Ballroom.
  • 2006 Metallica frontman James Hetfield is honored at the second annual MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert, held at the Music Box Theater in Hollywood. Performers include Hetfield, Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo, Alice In Chains members Jerry Cantrell and Sean Kinney, Velvet Revolver, Tom Waits and others.
  • 2007 The reunited Smashing Pumpkins announce that they will play two sets of residency shows that summer, consisting of nine concerts at the Orange Peel inAsheville,North Carolina in late June and early July, and up to a dozen gigs at the Fillmore inSan Francisco in late July and early August.
  • 2008 Shinedown's third album, 2008's The Sound Of Madness, is certified gold for sales of more than 500,000 copies.
  • 2010 Godsmack's fifth studio album, The Oracle, debuts at Number One on the Billboard album chart. The band's first set of all-new material since 2006's IV sells 117,000 copies in its first week of release.
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