Rabbi's On This Day: Tuesday, 5/14/13
Posted 5/14/2013 12:00:00 PM

Tuesday, May 14, 2013


  • David Byrne (quirky rock star, former singer of Talking Heads) (61)
  • Ian Astbury (lead singer, the Cult; formerly with Riders On The Storm) (51)
  • Jack Bruce (bassist of Cream) (70)
  • C.C. DeVille (guitarist, Poison) (51)
  • Tom Cochrane (singer, Red Rider) (60)
  • Cate Blanchett (Academy Award-winning actress, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Babel, Notes on a Scandal, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, The Aviator, the Lord Of The Rings movies, Elizabeth, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Robin Hood, Hanna, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey) (44)
  • George Lucas (director, producer, screenwriter, American Graffiti, the Star Wars movies; producer, the Indiana Jones movies) (69)
  • Sofia Coppola (screenwriter and director, Lost In Translation, Marie Antoinette, Somewhere; daughter of Francis Ford Coppola) (42)
  • Tim Roth (actor, Lie To Me, Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Planet Of The Apes, The Incredible Hulk) (52)
  • Amber Tamblyn (actress, The Ring, The Unusuals, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants I & II, Joan Of Arcadia, The Grudge 2) (30)
  • Robert Zemeckis (director who specializes in films using special effects in new ways, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, the Back To The Future movies, Cast Away, Polar Express, Forrest Gump, Contact, Beowulf, Flight) (62, disputed 61)
  • Danny Wood (member of New Kids on the Block) (44)
  • Jay Beckenstein (jazz saxophonist, Spyro Gyra) (62)
  • Fab Morvan (one half of Milli Vanilli) (47)
  • Raphael Saadiq (singer) (47, disputed)
  • Miranda Cosgrove (actress/singer, Drake & Josh, School of Rock) (20)
  • Mark Zuckerberg (Co-Founder of Facebook) (29)
  • Mike Inez (bassist, Alice In Chains) (47)
  • Hunter Burgan (bassist, A.F.I.) (37)


  • 1607, The first permanent settlement by Europeans in North America is established atJamestown, in what is nowVirginia.
  • 1796, English physician Edward Jenner administered the first vaccination against smallpox to an eight-year-old boy.
  • 1804, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark set off from St. Louis, beginning the first overland expedition to the Pacific coast and back.
  • 1897, John Philip Sousa's march "Stars And Stripes Forever" was first performed.
  • 1936 singer Bobby Darin was born. He died in 1973.
  • 1948, the independent state of Israel was proclaimed by Prime Minster David Ben-Gurion in Tel Aviv, as British rule in Palestine came to an end.
  • 1955, representatives from eight Communist bloc countries, including theSoviet Union, signed the Warsaw Pact, creating an alliance opposing NATO.
  • 1965, Queen Elizabeth II unveiled a memorial to the late U.S. president John Kennedy on a field at Runnymede, the site west of London where the Magna Carta was signed in 1215.
  • 1966, "Shapes Of Things" by the Yardbirds peaks at Number 11 on the pop chart.
  • 1970, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young release "Ohio" just 10 days after members of the Ohio National Guard kill four students and wound nine others at Kent State University during an anti-war protest.
  • 1976, Yardbirds singer-harmonica player Keith Relf dies at age 33.
  • 1977 "Calling Dr. Love" by Kiss peaks at Number 16 on the pop chart.
  • 1977, Even In The Quietest Moments by Supertramp peaks at Number 16 on the album chart.
  • 1977, Songs From The Wood by Jethro Tull peaks at Number Eight on the album chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1982, Actor Hugh Beaumont (Leave It To Beaver's Ward Cleaver) dies at age 73.
  • 1983, Pyromania by Def Leppard peaks at Number Two on the album chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1988 Former Led Zeppelin members Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, and John Paul Jones, with Jason Bonham on drums, perform together for Atlantic Records' 40th birthday celebration.
  • 1989, Tens of thousands demonstrated for democratic reforms in Beijing's Tiananmen Square on the eve of a visit to the country by Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.
  • 1992 The Kiss album Revenge is released.
  • 1993, Eighty-five-year-old newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, Jr. died after a heart attack. He was editor-in-chief of Hearst Newspapers and chairman of the executive committee of the Hearst Corporation.
  • 1996 Actors Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith are married.
  • 1996, Hall Of Fame NBA player Earvin "Magic" Johnson of the Los Angeles Lakers retired for a second and final time. The 36-year-old, HIV-positive Johnson had returned to the Lakers four months earlier, after first retiring in 1991 upon learning he was infected with the virus that causes AIDS.
  • 1998 Frank Sinatra dies at age 82.
  • 1998, the hit NBC TV sitcom Seinfeld aired its final episode after a nine-year run.
  • 2000, tens of thousands of mothers rallied in Washington, D.C., in the Million Mom March to demand strict control of handguns.
  • 2001 Founding guitarist -- and Epitaph Records president -- Brett Gurewitz rejoins Bad Religion after a five-year absence.
  • 2001 The Black Crowes are inducted into the Hollywood Rock Walk.
  • 2002 The Jimi Hendrix home video, Jimi Hendrix: The Dick Cavett Show, featuring Hendrix's appearances on The Dick Cavett Show, is released.
  • 2002 The Queen musical We Will Rock You opens inLondon'sWest End.
  • 2002 The Rush album Vapor Trails is released.
  • 2003 A newspaper report confirms that Pearl Jam has parted ways with Sony Music.
  • 2003 Actor Robert Stack (The Untouchables, Airplane!, Caddyshack II) dies at age 84.
  • 2005, Motley Crue appears on the Fox Network's America's Most Wanted to help with the search for missing fan Tracey Gardner-Tetso, who was reported missing by her husband two months earlier in March when she failed to meet up with friends at a Crue concert near Baltimore. The band also offers a $10,000 reward for information.
  • 2006 Sum 41 announces that they've parted ways with founding guitarist Dave "Brownsound" Baksh.
  • 2008 Metallica plays at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles, as part of a benefit for the Silverlake Conservatory of Music, co-founded by Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea. Flea himself joins the group on its second-to-last encore, "Fight Fire with Fire."
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