Rabbi's On This Day, Monday, 5/27/13
Posted 5/27/2013 12:00:00 PM

Monday, May 27, 2013


  • Pete Sears (bassist, Jefferson Starship, did lots of 1970s session work including for Rod Stewart) (65)
  • Neil Finn (singer-guitarist, Split Enz, Crowded House) (55)
  • Bruce Cockburn (singer-songwriter) (68)
  • Todd Bridges (actor, Diff'rent Strokes) (48)
  • Peri Gilpin (actress, Frasier's Roz) (52)
  • Louis Gossett Jr. (actor, Roots, An Officer And A Gentleman, the Iron Eagle movies, The Principal) (77)
  • Henry Kissinger (former Secretary of State, winner of the 1973 Nobel Peace Prize) (90)
  • Lee Meriwether (actress, 1955 MissAmerica) (78)
  • Joseph Fiennes (actor, Shakespeare In Love, Elizabeth, Stealing Beauty, Enemy At The Gates, Flash Forward, Camelot; brother of Ralph Fiennes) (43)
  • Bruce Weitz (actor, Hill Street Blues) (70)
  • Jamie Oliver (TVs Naked Chef) (38)
  • Shiloh Jolie-Pitt (daughter of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie) (7)
  • Ramsey Lewis (jazz keyboardist) (78)
  • Christopher Lee (actor, The Man With The Golden Gun, the Lord Of The Rings movies, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack Of The Clones, Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith, The Hobbit; played Dracula, Frankenstein's monster, and the Mummy; played Count Dracula and Fu Manchu several times in his career) (91)
  • Adam Carolla (comedian/co-host, Loveline, The Man Show, Crank Yankers) (49)
  • Cilla Black (singer, "You're My World") (70)
  • Paul Bettany (actor, The Da Vinci Code, Wimbledon, A Beautiful Mind, Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World, Priest; husband of Jennifer Connelly) (42)
  • Chris Colfer (actor and singer, Glee) (23)
  • Sean Kinney (drummer, Alice In Chains) (47)
  • Andre 3000 (rapper, OutKast) (38)
  • Harlan Ellison (famed science fiction writer) (79)


  • 1647, The first recorded American execution of an accused “witch” took place inMassachusetts.
  • 1703, Czar Peter the Great foundedSt. Petersburg as the new capital ofRussia.
  • 1894 Author Dashiell Hammett (The Thin Man, The Maltese Falcon) is born. He dies in 1961.
  • 1911 Actor Vincent Price (The House Of The Seven Gables, The Three Musketeers, House Of Wax, The Ten Commandments, The Fly, House Of Usher, Pit And The Pendulum, The Masque Of The Red Death, The Abominable Dr. Phibes, Edward Scissorhands) is born. He dies in 1993.
  • 1919 The pop-up toaster is patented by Charles Strite ofMinneapolis.
  • 1933, Walt Disney's Academy Award-winning animated short The Three Little Pigs was first released.
  • 1937,San Francisco'sGolden GateBridge opened.
  • 1941, The British Navy sunk the German battleship "Bismarck" offFrance, with a loss of 2300 lives.
  • 1949, Hollywood actress and pin-up girl Rita Hayworth married playboy Muslim Prince Ali Khan.
  • 1964 Eleven boys are suspended at a school in Coventry, England for having hair styles like Mick Jagger.
  • 1964 The James Bond film From Russia With Love, starring Sean Connery and Robert Shaw, opens.
  • 1972, "Morning Has Broken" by Cat Stevens peaks at Number Six on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1972, "Tumbling Dice" by the Rolling Stones peaks at Number Seven on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1977 After numerous delays, the Sex Pistols finally release their single, "God Save The Queen," inEngland, in time for the Queen's Silver Jubilee celebration. The song is promptly banned from British airwaves, yet reaches Number One anyway.
  • 1977, Declan McManus debuts as Elvis Costello at a London nightclub. He has previously been using the name D.P. Costello.
  • 1977, New York City fined "human fly" George H. Willig $1.10 -- one penny for each of the 110 stories of the World Trade Center he'd scaled the day before.
  • 1978, "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)" by Billy Joel peaks at Number 17 on the pop chart.
  • 1982 Robert Smith and Simon Gallup of the Cure get into a fight after a concert inFrance and both leave the band, only to return in time for another French show a week later.
  • 1987 During a show at Rome's Flaminio Stadio, U2's sound system sets off earthquake alarms in two neighborhoods.
  • 1988 The Monsters Of Rock tour, featuring Van Halen, the Scorpions, Metallica, Dokken, and Kingdom Come, opens at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre inWisconsin.
  • 1989, Sonic Temple by the Cult peaks at Number 10 on the album chart, where it stays for six weeks.
  • 1993, five people were killed in a bombing at the Uffizi Museum of Art inFlorence,Italy. About three dozen paintings were ruined or damaged in the attack.
  • 1994, late-night talk show The Arsenio Hall Show aired for the last time.
  • 1994, The Eagles kick off their Hell Freezes Over reunion tour at Irvine Meadows inIrvine,California.
  • 1995, Superman actor Christopher Reeve was thrown from his horse during a jumping event inVirginia, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down.
  • 1997, the Supreme Court ruled that Paula Jones could pursue her sexual harassment lawsuit against President Bill Clinton while he was still in office.
  • 1998, Michael Fortier, the government's star witness in the Oklahoma City bombing case, was sentenced to 12 years in jail after he apologized for not warning anyone about the plot.
  • 1999, a U.N. tribunal indicted Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic for crimes against humanity, alleging he was personally responsible for the horrors in Kosovo and the purge of its ethnic Albanians.
  • 1999, the latest restoration of "The Last Supper" by Leonardo da Vinci, an effort that took 22 years, went on display in Milan, Italy.
  • 2001, Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler sings "The Star Spangled Banner" before the start of theIndianapolis 500 race.Tyler angers some military veterans when he changes the last line of the song from "the home of the brave" to "the home of theIndianapolis 500." He later apologizes.
  • 2001, John Mellencamp's wife Elaine Irwin-Mellencamp becomes the first woman to drive the pace car at theIndianapolis 500 race.
  • 2003 Jack White posts a long, profanity-filled message to fans on the White Stripes website, explaining why a promotional idea, which had them performing 35,000 feet in the air onboard a Virgin jumbo jet plane, went wrong when the band learned that their images and music were being used in ads for Virgin cell phones without their approval.
  • 2003 Led Zeppelin's two-disc Led Zeppelin DVD and three-CD How The West Was Won live compilations are released.
  • 2003 Metallica's video for the song "St. Anger," shot at San Quentin State Prison just outsideSan Francisco, premieres on MTV2.
  • 2004 The Darkness and Radiohead are among the winners at the 49th annual Ivor Novello Awards ceremony inLondon, honoring the top songwriters, composers, and music publishers in theU.K. The Darkness are named Songwriters Of The Year, while Radiohead gets the International Achievement trophy.
  • 2004 Velvet Revolver is featured on the PBS news program Frontline in a show called "The Way The Music Died," which examines the path of the music industry from the Seventies to the present day.
  • 2005 Nine Inch Nails main man Trent Reznor wins his lawsuit against former manager John Malm and business manager Richard Szekelyi inNew York federal court, with the jury finding for Reznor on every claim, including fraud and breach of fiduciary duty, and also awarding him complete control of all his trademarks.
  • 2008 Metallica launches a new website called MissionMetallica.com, promising to give fans a look behind the scenes into the writing and recording of the band's ninth studio album.
  • 2008 U2 frontman Bono is given an honorary degree byJapan'sKeioUniversity for his contribution to music and humanitarian causes.
  • 2009 Nickelback's sixth album, Dark Horse, is certified double platinum for sales of two million copies, making it the Canadian act's fourth record in a row to top the two million mark in sales.
  • 2010 A topless photo of Paramore singer Hayley Williams is leaked online, allegedly by someone who hacked into her Twitter account.
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