Rabbi's On This Day: Monday, 6/17/13
Posted 6/17/2013 12:00:00 PM

Monday, June 17, 2013


  • Gregg Rolie (original keyboardist in both Santana and Journey) (66)
  • Newt Gingrich (disgraced former Republican Speaker of the House) (70)
  • Greg Kinnear (actor, Ghost Town, Invincible, Little Miss Sunshine, Baby Mama, You've Got Mail, As Good As It Gets, We Were Soldiers, Auto Focus, The Matador (50)
  • Barry Manilow (Singer) (70)
  • Joe Piscopo (actor-comedian, Saturday Night Live, Johnny Dangerously) (62)
  • Venus Williams (Tennis player) (33)
  • Jason Patric (actor, The Lost Boys, Rush, Speed 2: Cruise Control) (47)
  • Will Forte (actor, Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock, MacGruber) (43)
  • Erin & Diane Murphy (twin actresses, both played Tabitha on Bewitched) (49)
  • Thomas Haden Church (actor, Wings, Sideways, Spider Man 3) (53)
  • Bobby Farrelly (director, he and his brother Peter are known as the Farrelly Brothers, There's Something About Mary, Dumb and Dumber, Kingpin, Shallow Hal, Me, Myself & Irene) (55)
  • Kendrick Lamar (rapper/songwriter) (26)
  • Louis Leterrier (director, The Incredible Hulk, Clash of the Titans) (40)
  • Michael Monroe (lead singer, Hanoi Rocks) (51)
  • Jello Biafra (lead singer, the Dead Kennedys) (55)



  • 1775, the Revolutionary War Battle of Bunker Hill was fought near Boston. American Colonel William Prescott told his troops, "Don't fire till you see the whites of their eyes."
  • 1856, inPhiladelphia, the Republican Party opened its first convention.
  • 1885, the Statue of Liberty arrived inNew York City.
  • 1928, Amelia Earhart began a trans-Atlantic flight fromNewfoundland toWales - the first by a woman.
  • 1962, a young Jack Nicklaus, who had just turned pro five months before, beat heavily-favored crowd favorite Arnold Palmer in an 18-hole playoff by three strokes to win his first of many U.S. Open titles.
  • 1963, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down rules requiring the recitation of the Lord's Prayer or reading of Biblical verses in public schools.
  • 1967, "She'd Rather Be With Me" by the Turtles peaks at Number Three on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1967, "Somebody To Love" by the Jefferson Airplane peaks at Number Five on the pop chart, the same day the band plays the Monterey International Pop Festival.
  • 1967, Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits by Bob Dylan peaks at Number 10 on the album chart.
  • 1972, Exile On Main Street by the Rolling Stones hits Number One on the album chart, where it stays for four weeks.
  • 1972, five burglars broke into the Democratic National Committee headquarter offices in the Watergate office building in Washington, D.C., and were arrested while trying to install eavesdropping equipment kicking off the Watergate scandal. This event ultimately resulted in the first resignation of a U.S. president, Richard M. Nixon.
  • 1980, Led Zeppelin begins a three-week European tour. It's their first on the continent since 1973, and it turns out to be their last tour.
  • 1984, "Born In The U.S.A." by Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band is released.
  • 1989 "Close My Eyes Forever" by Lita Ford & Ozzy Osbourne peaks at Number Eight on the pop chart.
  • 1991, The Van Halen album For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge is released.
  • 1992 The Beastie Boys' third album, Check Your Head, is certified gold.
  • 1994 Jane's Addiction frontman and Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell forces the Ford Motor Company to change its Escort ads because they feature the word, "lollapalooza." Ford donates money to Farrell's favorite rain forest charity.
  • 1994 engages in a "high speed" chase. It ends when Simpson surrenders at his estate and is charged with the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole, and her friend, Ronald Goldman.
  • 1994, O.J. Simpson was charged with two counts of murder in the killings of his ex-wife Nicole and her friend, Ronald Goldman. He led a convoy of Los Angeles Police Department cruisers on a slow-speed chase of a white Ford Bronco containing Simpson and his friend Al Cowlings over 60 miles ofSouthern California freeways that was telecast live to the nation before he surrendered at his estate.
  • 1994, theUnited States played host to the World Cup soccer tournament for the first time.
  • 1996, ValuJet Airlines suspended its flight schedule indefinitely after a federal inspection found "several serious deficiencies" in the discount carrier's operation. ValuJet resumed operations 15 weeks later.
  • 1997 Megadeth releases its seventh studio album, Cryptic Writings.
  • 1998, The Senate snuffed out Congress' first bill to curb teen smoking, with Democrats accusing Republicans of being owned by Big Tobacco, and Republicans charging the measure was laden with too many amendments.
  • 1999, Joseph Stanley Faulder, a former auto mechanic who killed a woman during a 1975 burglary, was lethally injected in Huntsville, Texas and became the first Canadian to be executed in the United States in almost 50 years.
  • 1999, The Republican-controlled House narrowly voted to loosen restrictions on sales at gun shows, marking a victory for the National Rifle Association.
  • 2000, In Cuba, more than 300,000 people turned out to protest the continued stay of Elian Gonzalez in the United States; it was the largest such demonstration since the previous December, when Cuba launched a national campaign of mass gatherings demanding the boy's return.
  • 2003 "Set Me Free," the first recording from Velvet Revolver, arrives in stores as part of the soundtrack to the movie, The Hulk.
  • 2003 Type O Negative releases its fifth album, Life Is Killing Me.
  • 2005 Soul Asylum bassist Karl Mueller dies inMinneapolis of throat cancer at the age of 41.
  • 2005 U2 is given a Lifetime Achievement Award by theU.K.'s Nordoff-Robbins charitable organization at the 30th annual Silver Clef Awards ceremony inLondon.
  • 2008 Coldplay releases its fourth studio album, Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends. It sets a new one-day sales record at iTunes.
  • 2008 Metal legends Judas Priest release a double-CD concept album called Nostradamus, based on the life of the 16th century prophet.
  • 2008 The Offspring issue their first new album in five years, Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace.
  • 2011 Green Lantern, based on the DC Comics character and starring Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively and Mark Strong, opens in theatres.
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