Rabbi's On This Day: Sunday, 5/26/13
Posted 5/26/2013 12:00:00 PM

Sunday, May 26, 2013


  • Stevie Nicks (singer, Fleetwood Mac) (65)
  • Lenny Kravitz (rock singer/guitarist) (49)
  • Verden Allen (keyboardist, Mott The Hoople) (69)
  • Garry Peterson (drummer, the Guess Who) (68)
  • Helena Bonham Carter (actress, Terminator Salvation, A Room With A View, Howard's End, Mighty Aphrodite, Fight Club, Planet Of The Apes, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Sweeney Todd, Alice In Wonderland, Les Miserables, The Lone Ranger) (47)
  • Isaac Slade (singer/pianist, the Fray) (32)
  • Genie Francis (actress, General Hospital's Laura Veining Faulkner Webber Baldwin Spencer Cascading Spencer) (51)
  • Bobcat Goldthwait (actor-comedian) (51)
  • Philip Michael Thomas (actor, Miami Vice's Ricardo Tubbs) (64)
  • Pam Grier (actress, Coffy, Foxy Brown, Fort Apache The Bronx, Above The Law, Escape From L.A., Jackie Brown, The L Word, Mars Attacks!) (64)
  • Matt Stone (actor, along with Trey Parker created TVs South Park) (42)
  • Alan White (ex-drummer, Oasis) (41)
  • Isaac Slade (lead singer/pianist, The Fray) (32)


  • 1521, Martin Luther was banned from the Holy Roman Empire by the Edict of Worms because of his religious beliefs and writings against the Catholic Church. He had already been excommunicated by Pope Leo the Tenth.
  • 1868, the Senate impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson ended with his acquittal when the vote fell one short of the two-thirds required for conviction.
  • 1896, The Dow Jones Industrial Average, co-founded by Charles Dow, first appears in The Wall Street Journal. The Dow Jones Industrial 12-stock average posts a 40.94 for the day.
  • 1907, Actor John Wayne (The Quiet Man, How The West Was Won, The Sons Of Katie Elder, The Green Berets, True Grit) is born. He dies in 1979.
  • 1912, Actor Jay Silverheels (The Lone Ranger's Toto) is born. He dies in 1980.
  • 1913, Actor Peter Cushing (he's played Baron Frankenstein, Dracula's Dr. Van Helsing, and Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars) is born. He dies in 1994.
  • 1937,San FranciscoBay'sGolden GateBridge opens.
  • 1940, Levon Helm (drummer-singer, the Band) is born today. He dies in 2012.
  • 1951, Dr. Sally Ride (astronaut, the first American woman in space) is born. She dies in 2012.
  • 1953, The first 3-D sci-fi film, It Came From Outer Space, opens.
  • 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin their second "Bed-In For Peace" in a room at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Canada, the same day that their Two Virgins: Unfinished Music Vol. 2 album is released. While at the hotel, Lennon and Ono record "Give Peace A Chance."
  • 1971, Don McLean recorded the classic hit, "American Pie," about the plane crash that killed singers The Big Bopper, Buddy Holly, and Ritchie Valens.
  • 1973, The Beatles 1967-1970, also known as The Blue Album, hits Number One on the album chart.
  • 1977, Beatlemania opens at the Winter Garden Theater on Broadway inNew York.
  • 1978, the first legal casino inAmerica outsideNevada opened inAtlantic City,New Jersey.
  • 1979, "Honesty" by Billy Joel peaks at Number 24 on the pop chart.
  • 1979, "Old Time Rock & Roll" by Bob Seger peaks at Number 28 on the pop chart.
  • 1979, John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd make their final appearances as regular cast members of Saturday Night Live.
  • 1979, Wave by the Patti Smith Group is released.
  • 1984, "Rock You Like A Hurricane" by the Scorpions peaks at Number 25 on the pop chart.
  • 1990, "All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You" by Heart peaks at Number Two on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1990, "This Old Heart Of Mine" by Rod Stewart peaks at Number Ten on the pop chart.
  • 1993, Singapore lifts its longtime ban on songs by the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Chicago, and Creedence Clearwater Revival, but it remains in effect on music by the Rolling Stones, Guns N' Roses, Prince, and Sinead O'Connor.
  • 1994, Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley tied the knot in a secret ceremony in theDominican Republic. Presley filed for divorce 20 months later, citing irreconcilable differences.
  • 1994, President Bill Clinton renewed trade privileges forChina, and announcedChina's trade status would no longer be linked with its human rights record.
  • 1994, Price Is Right game show host Bob Barker admitted he'd had an affair with former prize model Dian Parkinson, but denied he sexually harassed her as she had accused.
  • 1995, Animation legend Isadore "Friz" Freleng dies at age 88. He created Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Speedy Gonzales, Sylvester The Cat, Tweety Bird, Yosemite Sam, and The Pink Panther.
  • 2000, Barry Grunow an English teacher at Lake Worth Community Middle School in Florida, was shot to death by Nathaniel Brazill, a seventh grader who'd been sent home for throwing water balloons on the last day of classes.
  • 2001 Blink-182 frontman Tom DeLonge marries his longtime girlfriend, interior designer Jennifer Jenkins, atCoronadoIsland inSan Diego.
  • 2003 Staind postpones a concert inToronto due to ongoing concerns about SARS.
  • 2003 The Strokes enter aNew York studio to begin recording their second album.
  • 2004 Fantasia Barrino is named the new American Idol.
  • 2005 Franz Ferdinand and U2 are among the winners atEngland's prestigious Ivor Novello Songwriting Awards. Franz Ferdinand wins Best Contemporary Song for "Take Me Out," while U2's "Vertigo" wins International Hit Of The Year.
  • 2006 Gwen Stefani gives birth to a boy at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. The No Doubt singer and her rocker husband, Gavin Rossdale, name the newborn Kingston James McGregor Rossdale
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