Rabbi's On This Day: Tuesday, 5/21/13
Posted 5/21/2013 12:00:00 PM

Tuesday, May 21, 2013


  • Al Franken (comedian and actor/politician-author, Saturday Night Live, and currently a juniorUS Senator Democratic fromMinnesota) (62)
  • Mr. T. (actor and wrestler, his real name is Lawrence Tureaud, Rocky III, The A-Team) (61)
  • Judge Reinhold (actor, Stripes, Fast Times At Ridgemont High, Ruthless People, the Beverly Hills Cop movies, the Santa Clause movies) (56)
  • Ronald Isley (of the Isley Brothers, "Twist & Shout") (72)
  • Leo Sayer (singer, "When I Need You," "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing," "More Than I Can Say") (65)
  • Stan Lynch (former drummer, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers) (58)
  • Nick Cassavetes (director/screenwriter, The Notebook, Alpha Dog, John Q, Unhook the Stars, My Sister's Keeper) (54 disputed, 54)
  • Fairuza Balk (actress, American History X, The Craft, The Waterboy, Almost Famous) (39 disputed, 40)
  • Gotye (singer/musician) (33)
  • Adam Gontier (ex-frontman, Three Days Grace) (35)


  • 1881, the American Red Cross was founded by Clara Barton.
    1917, Actor Raymond Burr (Rear Window, Godzilla, King Of The Monsters!, Perry Mason, Ironside) is born. He dies in 1993.
  • 1924, Fourteen-year-old Bobby Franks was murdered in a "thrill killing" committed by University Of Chicago students Nathan Leopold, Jr. and Richard Loeb.
  • 1927 Charles Lindbergh lands The Spirit Of St. Louis nearParis,.
  • 1927, Charles Lindbergh landed his plane, The Spirit Of St. Louis, nearParis, flying 3600 miles in 33-1/2 hours. He is the first pilot to complete a solo non-stop airplane flight across theAtlantic Ocean.
  • 1932, Amelia Earhart landed inIreland after taking off the day before fromNewfoundland,Canada, becoming the first woman to fly solo across theAtlantic.
  • 1966, "Eight Miles High" by the Byrds peaks at Number 14 on the pop chart, although many radio stations refuse to play the song because they think it's about drugs.
  • 1966, "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35" by Bob Dylan peaks at Number Two on the pop chart.
  • 1966, If You Can Believe Your Eyes And Ears by the Mamas & the Papas hits Number One on the album chart.
  • 1972, Notorious B.I.G. (a.k.a Biggie Smalls) was born today. He died in 1997.
  • 1974 Kiss performs "Firehouse" on the TV series The Mike Douglas Show.
  • 1979, Elton John plays the first night of an eight-night stand in Leningrad, becoming the first pop star to tour in the USSR.
  • 1979, former San Francisco City Supervisor Dan White was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the killings of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk. At his trial, White's defense lawyers argued in what became known as the "Twinkie defense" that their client had been irrational when he committed the murders because he ate too much junk food.
  • 1980 Singer-guitarist Joe Strummer of the Clash is arrested inHamburg,Germany for allegedly assaulting a Clash fan with a guitar.
  • 1980 The movie The Empire Strikes Back, starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, and Alec Guinness, opens.
  • 1980, talk show host Phil Donahue and actress Marlo Thomas tied the knot.
  • 1981, reggae star Bob Marley was buried with state honors inJamaica.
  • 1983, "Let's Dance" by David Bowie hits Number One on the pop chart.
  • 1983, Cargo by Men At Work peaks at Number Three on the album chart, where it stays for five weeks.
  • 1988, Now And Zen by Robert Plant peaks at Number Six on the album chart.
  • 1990, the last episode of Newhart aired, in which Bob Newhart's Vermont innkeeper character awakes in bed next to Emily, Newhart's TV wife from his 1970s sitcom The Bob Newhart Show, in which he played psychologist Bob Hartley. It's revealed that the entire Newhart series was Bob Hartley's dream.
  • 1992 The TV show The Real World debuts on MTV.
  • 1996 Soundgarden releases its final album, Down On The Upside.
  • 1997, U2 shuts down stretches of downtown Kansas City freeways to shoot the video of "Do You Feel Loved?", causing traffic headaches for motorists.
  • 1998 The Van Halen album Best Of Volume 1 is certified double platinum, while Diver Down is certified quadruple platinum.
  • 1998, a teen gunman opened fire inside Thurston High School in Springfield, Oregon, killing two students. The suspect, Kip Kinkel, also killed his parents a day earlier.
  • 1999, Kiss singer-guitarist Paul Stanley kicks off a run as The Phantom in the Toronto production of the musical The Phantom Of The Opera.
  • 1999, Susan Lucci, star of the ABC soap opera All My Children, won a Daytime Emmy Award for Best Actress for the first time in the 19th straight year she was nominated.
  • 2000 Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland marries model Mary Forsberg.
  • 2000, Actor John Gielgud (Murder On The Orient Express, Caligula, The Elephant Man, Chariots Of Fire, Arthur 1 and 2, Gandhi) dies at age 96.
  • 2001 U2 frontman Bono and his wife, Ali, welcome their fourth child, a boy, into the world.
  • 2004 Slipknot fans -- known as "maggots" -- descend onNew York City for a "March Of The Maggots," in which they wind their way through the streets to promote the band's afternoon appearance on the Fuse music channel.
  • 2004, The members of Phish hold a meeting and decide to disband.
  • 2005, Bob Dylan is honored in his hometown ofHibbing,Minnesota, when the street he grew up on is renamed "Dylan Drive."
  • 2008 Death Cab For Cutie's sixth album, Narrow Stairs, lands at the top of the Billboard album chart with first-week sales of 144,000 copies, earning the indie rock group their first Number One album.
  • 2010 U2 singer Bono undergoes emergency back surgery in Munich after injuring himself while preparing for the next North American leg of the band's U2 360 world tour. The tour is postponed for a year.
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