Rabbi's On This Day: Monday, 5/20/13
Posted 5/20/2013 12:00:00 PM

Monday, May 20, 2013


  • Joe Cocker (legendary rock singer) (69)
  • Cher (Academy Award-winning actress and singer, was born Cherilyn LaPierre Sarkesian, Silkwood, Mask, The Witches Of Eastwick, Moonstruck) (67)
  • Mindy Cohn (actress, played Natalie on the Facts of Life) (47)
  • David Wells (major league baseball pitcher, former Yankee) (50)
  • Bronson Pinchot (actor, Beverly Hills Cop, Risky Business, "Balki" on TVs Perfect Strangers) (54)
  • Busta Rhymes (rapper, actor, Halloween: Resurrection, Narc) (41)
  • David Paterson (politician, 55th Governor of New York) (59)
  • Timothy Olyphant (actor, Justified, Damages, Deadwood, The Girl Next Door, Live Free or Die Hard, Sex and the City, Gone In 60 Seconds, Catch & Release, The Crazies) (45)
  • Calico Cooper (daughter of Alice Cooper) (32)
  • Cindy McCain (second wife of Republican senator and presidential candidate John McCain) (59)


  • 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead Act, which opened millions of acres of free land to settlers in the West.
  • 1908 Actor James Stewart (Mr. Smith Goes To Washington, It's A Wonderful Life, Harvey, Rear Window, Vertigo) is born.
  • 1916, Norman Rockwell's artwork appeared on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post for the first time. The image was of a boy having to care for his infant sibling, pushing the baby carriage while his friends ran off to play baseball. Rockwell's final Post cover appeared in 1963.
  • 1927, Charles Lindbergh takes off from Roosevelt Field in Long Island, New York, for Paris aboard The Spirit Of St. Louis on the historic first-ever solo non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean toFrance.  He landed 33-1/2 hours later.
  • 1932, Amelia Earhart took off fromNewfoundland bound forIreland to become the first woman to fly solo across theAtlantic. She landed 13-1/2 hours later.
  • 1939, Regular transatlantic air service began when the Pan American plane Yankee Clipper took off from Port Washington, New York, bound for Europe.
  • 1966, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey go onstage at the Rikki Tik Club in Newbury, England, with hired musicians on bass and drums when John Entwistle and Keith Moon don't show up, as they are threatening to leave the band and form a new group. When Entwistle and Moon arrive during the gig, Townshend hits Moon with a guitar, giving Moon a black eye and a cut on his leg that requires three stitches. Moon says he and Entwistle will definitely quit and form their own band, but a week later they rejoin the Who.
  • 1967, "Groovin'" by the Young Rascals hits Number One on the pop chart, where it spends a total of four weeks.
  • 1967, The BBC bans the Beatles' "A Day In The Life" due to drug references.
  • 1969, U.S. and South Vietnamese forces captured Apbia Mountain, referred to as "Hamburger Hill" by the Americans, following one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War.
  • 1970, The Beatles movie Let It Be is released in theU.K. None of the band members attend theLondon premiere.
  • 1972, Graham Nash/David Crosby by Graham Nash & David Crosby peaks at Number Four on the album chart.
  • 1978 "Runnin' With The Devil" by Van Halen peaks at Number 84 on the pop chart.
  • 1978, "With A Little Luck" by Wings hits Number One on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1978, Fifty-three-year-old Mavis Hutchinson made it toNew York City to become the first woman to run acrossAmerica. The 3,000-mile trek took her 69 days. She ran an average of 45 miles each day.
  • 1980 The Kiss album Unmasked is released.
  • 1989, Actress-comedienne Gilda Radner (Saturday Night Live) dies at age 42.
  • 1993, After 11 years, the last episode of Cheers aired. Over 80 million people tuned in.
  • 1995, After the Oklahoma City bombing, President Bill Clinton announced that the two-block stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House would be permanently closed to vehicles to avoid terrorist threats.
  • 1997 Foo Fighters releases The Colour And The Shape.
  • 1997, Roseanne aired its last episode after nine seasons.
  • 1998 The American version of Godzilla opens in theatres.
  • 1998, In Beverly Hills, California, Hollywood royalty bid farewell, in a private, invitation-only funeral, to Frank Sinatra, who had died almost a week earlier at age 82.
  • 2001 Kiss singer-lead guitarist Ace Frehley is inducted into the Bronx (New York) Walk Of Fame.
  • 2002 U2 singer Bono and U.S. Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill embark on a fact-finding tour of Africa to research the plight ofThird World nations.
  • 2003 Radiohead premieres its new video, for "There There," on one of the giant jumbotron televisions inNew York City'sTimes Square all day.
  • 2003 Staind releases its third major label album, 14 Shades Of Grey.
  • 2003 The final episode of Buffy, The Vampire Slayer airs.
  • 2003, Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour donates nearly six million dollars to Crisis, a group that works to create affordable housing inLondon.
  • 2004 Nine Inch Nails founder and frontman Trent Reznor files a lawsuit against ex-manager and longtime friend John Malm, plus business manager and accountant Richard Szekelyi, claiming that they have robbed him of millions of dollars.
  • 2005 U2 performs on Good Morning America.
  • 2007 Former Creed singer Scott Stapp is arrested at hisBoca Raton,Florida home, and charged with assault related to domestic violence.
  • 2007 Hellyeah, the band featuring former Pantera and Damageplan drummer Vinnie Paul along with members of Mudvayne and Nothingface, gives its first official live performance at Rams Head Live inBaltimore.
  • 2009 Green Day's 21st Century Breakdown debuts at Number One on the Billboard album chart, selling 215,000 copies in just three days after coming out the previous Friday (May 15th).
  • 2009 The original lineup of Limp Bizkit plays together live for the first time in eight years inRiga,Latvia.
  • 2011 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, starring Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz and Geoffrey Rush, opens in theatres.
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