Rabbi's On This Day: Sunday, 5/19/13
Posted 5/19/2013 12:00:00 PM

Sunday, May 19, 2013


  • Pete Townshend (rock star, singer-guitarist, The Who) (68)
  • Phil Rudd (drummer, AC/DC) (59)
  • Dusty Hill (bassist and singer, ZZ Top) (64)
  • Grace Jones (eccentric model, actress, singer) (65)
  • Steven Ford (actor, former President Gerald Ford's son) (57)
  • Peter Mayhew (played Chewbacca in the Star Wars movies ) (69)
  • David Hartman (TV talk show host and actor) (78)
  • James P. Hoffa (Lawyer and Teamster union leader, son of legendary Teamsters head Jimmy Hoffa) (72)
  • Jim Lehrer (journalist, PBS' News Hour with Jim Lehrer) (79)
  • Tom Scott (jazz saxophonist) (65)
  • Kim Zolciak (reality TV star, The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Don't Be Tardy for the Wedding) (35)


  • 1884, Ringling Brothers Circus performs for the first time.
  • 1921, Congress passed the Emergency Quota Act, which set national immigrant quotas.
  • 1925, Malcolm X is born. He dies in 1965.
  • 1941, Nora Ephron (filmmaker, When Harry Met Sally..., Sleepless in Seattle, Silkwood, Julie & Julia, Hanging Up, You've Got Mail, Michael) is born. She dies in June 2012.
  • 1946, Actor and professional wrestler Andre The Giant (The Princess Bride) is born. He dies in 1993.
  • 1951, Ramones frontman Joey Ramone is born. He dies in 2001.
  • 1959 Nicole Brown Simpson, murdered wife of O.J. Simpson, is born.
  • 1962, Marilyn Monroe sang a breathless, seductive "Happy Birthday" to President John F. Kennedy at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
  • 1964, the State Department revealed that 40 hidden microphones had been found in theU.S. embassy inMoscow.
  • 1965 FBI Agents visit the Wand Records offices to investigate the lyrics to the song "Louie Louie."
  • 1967, the U.S.S.R. ratified a treaty with theU.S. andBritain banning nuclear weapons in space.
  • 1970, future U.S. vice president Al Gore married Mary Elizabeth "Tipper" Aitcheson.
  • 1970, Led Zeppelin begins work on their third album at the Headley Grange country estate.
  • 1977, The movie Smokey & The Bandit, starring Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, and Jackie Gleason, opens.
  • 1978, Some Girls by the Rolling Stones is released.
  • 1979, "Goodnight Tonight" by Paul McCartney & Wings peaks at Number Five on the pop chart, where it stays for three weeks.
  • 1979, Breakfast In America by Supertramp hits Number One on the album chart, where it spends a total of five weeks.
  • 1979, Desolation Angels by Bad Company peaks at Number Three on the album chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1979, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr perform together for the first time since the breakup of the Beatles at the wedding reception for Eric Clapton and Harrison's ex-wife, Pattie. Clapton joins the trio, as does Mick Jagger.
  • 1979, Van Halen II by Van Halen peaks at Number Six on the album chart, where it stays for three weeks.
  • 1983, "Stand Back" by Stevie Nicks is released.
  • 1984, "Authority Song" by John Cougar Mellencamp peaks at Number 15 on the pop chart.
  • 1984, Grace Under Pressure by Rush peaks at Number 10 on the album chart, where it stays for four weeks.
  • 1987 The Smiths record their last-ever song together, "I Keep Mine Hidden."
  • 1987, Hill Street Blues last aired on NBC.
  • 1990, Brigade by Heart peaks at Number Three on the album chart, where it stays for four weeks.
  • 1992 In San Francisco, Vice President Dan Quayle denounces the "poverty of values" in America's inner cities, and criticizes the TV show Murphy Brown for its title character giving birth out of wedlock.
  • 1992, Mary Jo Buttafuoco was shot and seriously wounded by teenager Amy Fisher, who was having an affair with Buttafuoco's husband Joey.
  • 1992, the 27th Amendment to the Constitution, which prohibits Congress from giving itself mid-term pay raises, was ratified.
  • 1993, the White House fired the entire staff of its travel office, leading to the controversy dubbed Travelgate.
  • 1994 Despite the threat of a lawsuit by the Coca-Cola company, Oasis refuses to remove the lyric, "I'd like to buy the world a Coke," when they perform the song "Shaker Maker."
  • 1994 Jacqueline Onassis dies at age 64.
  • 1994 Stone Temple Pilots release their second album, Purple.
  • 1994 The Food & Drug Administration approves the first genetically-engineered tomato.
  • 1994, Eighteen-year-old tennis star Jennifer Capriati checked into a drug rehab center.
  • 1997, Actors Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker are married.
  • 1997, NBC sportscaster Marv Albert was charged with assault, for allegedly biting a woman several times, and forcible sodomy. The attack in aVirginia hotel room was against a woman with whom Albert had had previous sexual encounters. He eventually pleaded guilty to lesser charges and served no jail time.
  • 1998, Bandits stole three of Rome's most important paintings, two by Van Gogh and one by Cezanne, from the National Gallery Of Modern Art.
  • 2000 Three ex-members of punk band the Dead Kennedys are awarded approximately $220,000 in damages after a San Francisco jury finds that former frontman Jello Biafra failed to pay them back royalties or promote their catalog properly.
  • 2001 Limp Bizkit pulls out of a concert inMadrid,Spain, due to improper security and crowd control measures.
  • 2003 AC/DC receives the Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Service To Australian Music at the annual Australian Professional Recording Association awards ceremony.
  • 2003 Pearl Jam confirms, with a posting on their website, that they have left Sony Music.
  • 2003 Sammy Hagar & the Waboritas play a free show inNew York City's Battery Park in support ofNew York firefighters, who are protesting plans to close eight firehouses in a budget-cutting move.
  • 2005 Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland makes a solo appearance on Last Call With Carson Daly.
  • 2006 Audioslave and Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello performed as his folk alter ego, the Nightwatchman, at aLos Angeles benefit concert for South Central Farm, described as "the largest urban garden in theU.S."
  • 2007 U2 takes the stage outside the Palais Des Festivals at France's Cannes Film Festival and runs through "Vertigo" and "Where The Streets Have No Name" before heading inside for a screening of a rough version of the 3-D concert movie U23D.
  • 2010 Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose files a lawsuit against his former manager, Irving Azoff -- who is already suing Rose -- claiming that Azoff tried to bully Rose into doing a reunion tour with the original Guns lineup.
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