Rabbi's On This Day: Friday, 6/21/13
Posted 6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM

Friday, June 21, 2013


  • Meredith Baxter (actress, Family Ties' Elyse Keaton) (66)
  • Michael Gross (actor, Family Ties' Steven Keaton) (66)
  • Berke Breathed (cartoonist, creator of Bloom County) (56)
  • Mariette Hartley (actress, Peyton Place) (73)
  • Bernie Kopell (actor, The Love Boat's Dr. Adam Bricker) (80)
  • Juliette Lewis (actress, Cape Fear and Natural Born Killers) (40)
  • Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (heir to the British throne, son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana) (31)
  • Ray Davies (singer-guitarist, the Kinks) (69)
  • Jim Breuer (actor-comedian-former Saturday Night Live castmember) (46)
  • Joe Flaherty (actor, SCTV's Count Floyd, Guy Caballero, and Sammy Maudlin) (72)
  • Lana Wachowski (film director/screenwriter, one of the Wachowskis, The Matrix, Speed Racer, V For Vendetta; formerly known as Larry Wachowski before having sex change) (48)
  • Joey Kramer (drummer, Aerosmith) (63)
  • Kip Winger (singer-bassist, Winger) (52)
  • Joey Molland (singer-guitarist, Badfinger) (66)
  • Nils Lofgren (guitarist, the Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band) (62)
  • Marcella Detroit (singer-songwriter; as Marcy Levy, former member of Eric Clapton's band; co-wrote "Lay Down Sally" and "The Core," among others) (54, disputed)
  • Manu Chao (French singer) (52)
  • Doug Savant (actor, Desperate Housewives, Melrose Place) (49)
  • Chris Pratt (actor, Parks and Recreation, Wanted, Bride Wars, Jennifer's Body, husband of actress Anna Faris) (34)
  • Brandon Flowers (singer/keyboardist, the Killers) (32)
  • Kris Allen (singer, 2009 winner of American Idol) (28)
  • Luke Kirby (actor, Take This Waltz, Rectify) (35)
  • Mike Einziger (guitarist, Incubus) (37)


  • 1788, the United States Constitution went into effect asNew Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify it.
  • 1879, F. W. Woolworth opened his first 5-and-10-cent store inLancaster,Pennsylvania.
  • 1893, The first Ferris wheel is shown atChicago's Columbian Exposition.
  • 1921, Actress Jane Russell was born today. She dies in 2011.
  • 1939, The New York Yankees announce Lou Gehrig's retirement, based on the report that he has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a disease which has come to be known as "Lou Gehrig's Disease."
  • 1940, Richard M. Nixon married Thelma Catherine "Pat" Ryan.
  • 1945, The Battle of Okinawa ends.
  • 1963, Cardinal Giovanni Battista Montini was chosen to succeed the late Pope John the 23rd, taking the name Pope Paul the Sixth.
  • 1964, Civil rights workers Michael H. Schwerner, Andrew Goodman, and James E. Chaney disappear inPhiladelphia,Mississippi during a black voter registration drive. All three are found dead that August.
  • 1982, A jury in Washington, D.C., finds John Hinckley, Jr. not guilty by reason of insanity in the shootings of President Reagan and three other men. He is remanded to St. Elizabeth's Hospital inWashington,DC, where he remains today. He has recently been granted the right to unsupervised visits with his parents outside the hospital grounds.
  • 1983, tennis ace Arthur Ashe had double-bypass heart surgery. It was from a blood transfusion during this operation that Ashe is believed to have contracted the HIV virus, which eventually led to his death in 1993.
  • 1985, forensic pathologists announced that skeletal remains exhumed from a graveyard in Brazil were those of Nazi war criminal Dr. Josef Mengele.
  • 1985, The movie Cocoon, starring Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley, Hume Cronyn, Brian Dennehy, Jack Gilford, Steve Guttenberg, Maureen Stapleton, Jessica Tandy, Gwen Verdon, Tahnee Welch, and Clint Howard, opens.
  • 1989, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that burning the American flag as a form of political protest is protected by the First Amendment.
  • 1994 American teenager Michael Fay is released from aSingapore prison, where he'd been flogged for vandalism.
  • 1998, actor Macaulay Culkin, of the Home Alone movies, married actress Rachel Miner. Both were 17. They have since divorced.
  • 1999 Lit's A Place In The Sun is certified gold.
  • 2000 Bassist Phil Soussan sues Ozzy Osbourne for unpaid back royalties. Soussan played on Osbourne's album, The Ultimate Sin, and is credited as a co-writer on the hit, "Shot In The Dark."
  • 2001, John Lee Hooker dies at age 81.
  • 2002 Comedian Bill Cosby tells Access Hollywood that he wants everyone to stop watching The Osbournes reality TV series, calling them a "sad, sad family."
  • 2003 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling is published in theU.S.
  • 2003 Iggy Pop is named a Knight In The Arts And Letters by French Culture Minister Jean-Jacques Aillagon inParis.
  • 2003 U2 performs at the Special Olympics inDublin,Ireland.
  • 2004 Franz Ferdinand passes the one million mark in worldwide sales of their self-titled debut album.
  • 2005 3 Doors Down bassist Todd Harrell is arrested on a disorderly conduct charge after getting into an argument at Mississippi's Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport with a security guard.
  • 2005 In full-page ads placed in two major Chicago newspapers, Billy Corgan announces his intentions to reform the Smashing Pumpkins, saying "I want my band back, and my songs, and my dreams."
  • 2005 Metallica and Van Halen are the only two hard rock artists to make the annual Forbes magazine list of the 100 most powerful figures in entertainment. Metallica ranks at Number 23 with earnings of $37.4 million, while Van Halen comes in at Number 61 with $29.6 million.
  • 2006 Three Days Grace's sophomore album, One X, debuts at a career-best Number Five on the Billboard album chart, selling 78,000 copies in its first week of release.
  • 2007 Linkin Park's third studio album, Minutes to Midnight, is certified platinum for sales of over one million copies a month after the record's mid-May release.
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